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        10-30-2012, 09:01 PM
    October 30, 2012

    Ugh, Indie had been inside since last night.. so her legs were stocked up. They were fine after I rode though.

    Quick summary of tonight:

    Lots and lots of work, Indie sweated up a storm by the end of it. I was actually hosing her off and getting the heat out of her legs when lightening started flashing.. it still is, and while in the shower after I got home, it rumbled so I had to hop out.

    We did lots of trot and canter work. Indie was actually rounding up and stretching out today! Although lately, she seems to be less sensitive to leg. We also worked on yielding the haunches and she kept getting it confused with a sidepass so she'd try stepping sideways. I'm going to try to be much more clear from now on with my signals.

    I go back tomorrow night so hopefully we'll have improvement! And hopefully the farrier comes and does her feet soon... he was supposed to on the weekend but something came up.

    So, even though Indie's legs sometimes stress me out.. I love her dearly and hope we have many years of good riding left!
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        10-31-2012, 10:18 PM
    October 31, 2012

    Indie had only a teensy clue about what lungeing was until today.

    Bright side: she doesn't pull.. at all.. she keeps the slack and goes in a nice circle, w/t/c.

    She had no whoa and didn't understand voice commands, but my instructor said she's a very quick learner.. which held true as within fifteen/twenty minutes, I had her stopping when I said whoa and backed up to her head and she'd walk on command and would trot when I clucked. She also would canter, but we are still working on the right lead.

    All in all, pretty happy with my girl. The farrier is coming down to do her feet tomorrow as well, hallelujah! And the SMBs came today and fit her perfectly!
        10-31-2012, 10:29 PM
    Green Broke
    Love fallowing your jurney with her!
    I started my own thread after being motivated by yours! Indie is just beyond beautiful!
    I wasn't able to ride the last two days from the rain!
    So I'm living through your rides! LOL
    You should get a fun picture of her sporting off her new booties!
        10-31-2012, 10:40 PM
    Thank you! I seem to have inspired a few people too, it's definitely worth it though.. I've loved looking back through. She's improved so much in just the last two months, it's insane!

    And yes, all the horses at my barn have been stuck in for the last few days.. so Indie's legs have been not in the best condition, which is why I'm glad to have gotten down to ride so that she'd get some time to get the blood flowing. We have an indoor arena though so we lucked out. I should've gotten one tonight, they're already filthy as I knew they would be, haha. I'll get my mom to take some pictures and a video this weekend.
        10-31-2012, 11:03 PM
    Green Broke
    :) my boy can't be in a big barn, gets wacky and strssed out
    So he's Ina huge pasture soaking wet and muddy! Lol I wish I have a indoor so bad right now!
        11-01-2012, 04:38 PM
    Indoors are definitely nice! I was relieved to see Indie outside tonight though.

    November 1, 2012

    Didn't get to ride or do anything really tonight.. we had gone down to the doctor's and I got mom to drive by the barn and Indie had no blanket on, so I convinced her to pull in and let me put it on her. I just adjusted her cribbing collar (which btw rubbed off a bunch of fur which I'm not happy about.. but oh well.)

    I don't know if I can get down tomorrow.. my dad is away. Oh well, I can hope!
        11-02-2012, 04:14 PM
    November 2, 2012

    I got home today and the box from was in the garage! I was so excited!

    I had ordered a pair of ice boots, a black tail bag (waterproof even!), a better quality brush (this one is horse hair mixed with bristles).. a good quality stable blanket (has a belly band instead of surcingles) and a matching girth with some matching stirrup leathers for my saddle. They're all HDR Oakbark so it should be a perfect match, and I'm very pleased with the girth.. very soft and supple.

    It's like Christmas! Although, technically it is since my mom said I get less gifts this year.. which is fine by me, although I know she'll end up buying me some stuff anyways.
        11-03-2012, 04:48 PM
    November 3, 2012

    Finally got down this afternoon!

    Our ride was pretty brief and I cleaned/conditioned the saddle, and new girth and stirrup leathers. I also gave her halter a good cleaning as well.

    Our ride went pretty decent, her trot transitions were quicker. It took about twenty.. or more.. tries to get a right lead canter but eventually she got it so we did a few celebratory circles and she got a walk break so that she could process what she just did.

    Besides that, our ride was more focused on leg yielding and side passes. I only rode for about half an hour since I ended our ride after the canter.. so that it'd end on a good note.

    Oh yeah, and a pigeon somehow managed to poop on the saddle pad.. thank goodness that it missed me by five inches. I'd have not been happy! I ended up spraying my saddle pad down later.

    I also tried on her new stable blanket, since it has to go over her head (closed front).. I wanted her to get used to it before my instructor had to throw it on when she brings the horses inside during the harsher winter nights.

    I missed Indie the last couple days so I was glad to finally see her!
        11-03-2012, 05:03 PM
    I had a picture of Indie in her stable blanket.. but it uploaded on my flickr looking like this..

    I tried uploading it twice and this was the better attempt.
        11-04-2012, 11:19 AM
    November 4, 2012

    Going to the barn today! Mom said it'll only be for a ride, so no extra time so to speak.. although at least Indie will get some extra attention and work for the weekend. I'm thinking of starting out with lungeing, just to get her responding to me well. It helps when she's under saddle as well, yesterday once I had cooled her down, I just said "whoa" and she stopped with just my seat and voice. Imagine that!

    I'm also going to try and get my mom to take some pictures.

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