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post #111 of 1581 Old 07-16-2014, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Today I lunged a fire-breathing dragon. She was hot, hot, hot. We didn't get much top-line building done; she did however get a great cardio work-out. I had to lunge her outside since the RI was using the indoor for a lesson. I decided to use the outdoor arena instead of the north-lawn. That's the outdoor with all the scary dismantled obstacles which probably explains why she was so hot.

She scared me a little as she reminded me of my dogs when they get the zoomies. I just told myself, that I can't help her if I panic so I just stood there calmly at let her work the crazy out.

I made sure we lunged in both directions and I moved around the arena a little bit so that she could see everything and not wear down the freshly dragged footing.

I'm still playing around with the different clips on the sliding side reins to find the ideal setting for her. I don't want to strap her head down; I want to use the sliding mechanism as intended so that she can teach herself to get relief by reaching down and stretching from back to front.

Maybe she needed a day to just be silly; can't be a perfect lady all the time ;)
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post #112 of 1581 Old 07-18-2014, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Update on Ana with Pics

I went to the barn after work as I wanted to see the new foal that had arrived overnight. While I was there, I figured I might as well work Ana. Since the weather was terrible, we had the whole place to ourselves. It was awesome! I lunged her, free lunged her, and rode her bareback.

I also took some pics and compared them to when we first arrived at the barn back in March. She has sure gained a lot of muscle. The dip behind the withers is now filled in. She no longer looks like a yearling. Yay!
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post #113 of 1581 Old 07-21-2014, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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Busy Weekend

Here are a couple of pics from this weekend.

Saturday, my friend came out to visit me and Ana. She rides Western so it was kind of entertaining to watch her ride Ana. She did really well though.

After my friend left, I carried on with some serious schooling.

We've been working on transitions which realy get her wound up but also help her use her body in a more correct way.

Sunday we did some more schooling followed by endurance work. Basically, I took her outside and we trotted all over the place. The longest she can trot without needing a break is about 7 minutes.

Then I rode my friends giant horse; she's been out of town and her exercise rider has not had time to work her so she sent me a fb message asking me to ride her. It went well, but it really made me appreciate shorter horses. I needed a step-stool to get the saddle on her. Once mounted, it took a lot of energy to ride her. I only did walk and trot and then took her on a short little trail ride. I was EXHAUSTED by the time I got home.

All in all a great weekend. Now Ana has a day off before it's back to work tomorrow.
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I know what you mean about shorter horses! I had to ride a huge Irish Sporthorse a few weeks ago and I felt completely out of balance after getting so used to my little mare. It was a good reminder of how important it is to ride a lot of different horses though- in some ways, I felt like a complete beginner, which was really embarrassing. I realized that in the past 3 years, I've really only ridden my own horse, and that has definitely not made me a better rider. It's just hard enough to find the time to ride MY horse, let alone make time to ride others!
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I know what you mean about shorter horses! I had to ride a huge Irish Sporthorse a few weeks ago and I felt completely out of balance after getting so used to my little mare. It was a good reminder of how important it is to ride a lot of different horses though- in some ways, I felt like a complete beginner, which was really embarrassing. I realized that in the past 3 years, I've really only ridden my own horse, and that has definitely not made me a better rider. It's just hard enough to find the time to ride MY horse, let alone make time to ride others!
No kidding! Here is a picture of me on her horse. It's an 18 hand Hanno. I look like I'm sitting on a high chair. She's by far the biggest horse I've ever ridden. So it's kind of comical that I rode the smallest horse and the biggest horse in the barn all in the same day.
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We got some serious lunging done today. She cantered 5 times on each side with lots of walking and trotting in between. Since she got kind of sweaty, I decided to cool her down well before allowing her to eat breakfast as I’m sure it’s not good for them to eat when they are all worked up. I had her walk around in circles without the side reins. Right about that time, the BM pulled up with the feed truck, which resulted in a very entertaining discussion between Ana and I.

Me: “Walk on”!
Ana: (stops walking, raises head, watches BM) “But breakfast is here”!
Me: “Walk on”!
Ana: (stomps around the circle like a child and stops again, turns and looks at me) “How about now”? “Can we stop now”?
Me: “Walk on”!!
Ana: (stomps around the circle some more) “This is ridiculous, I demand to speak to my butler”!
Me: “Walk on”!!!
Me: (a minute or so later) “Whoa”…”atta girl”
Ana: “finally, geez, can I eat now, please”?!?
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I finally rode Ana today. It seems like it's been an eternity (last Sunday). Monday was her day off, Tuesday I lunged her, I gave her Wednesday off bc it was DHs birthday, didn't feel well enough to ride yesterday so I only groomed her an turned her back out.

She did really well for me today. I tried out the indirect rein on her as described by Jane Savoie, and it worked! I wish I would have caught that on camera; it really works. She ignores most other rein aids, especially the HH, and sometimes the downward transitions. I can't wait to get out there and practice some more.

On another note, my paddock boots broke so I decided to wear my backup/crappy $25 boots while I wait for my replacements boots to arrive in the mail. They hurt my left foot so bad. It's so hard to ride in them; I'll probably be black and blue by the time my new boots arrive. Note to self - never skimp on boots.
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That white Hano is gorgeous <3 One of my first leases was a Hano x TB, and he was a dream.

Glad to hear you and Ana are doing well!
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That white Hano is gorgeous <3 One of my first leases was a Hano x TB, and he was a dream.

Glad to hear you and Ana are doing well!
It's my friend's horse. Would you believe she bought her for $1? She came from a H/J barn and they were looking for a non-jumping home for her, as she is getting up there in age and her joints can't hold up to jumping anymore. My friend only rides her maybe once a week and just showed her at a Dressage show; first rated show ever and she scored in the 60s! Atta girl!
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Wow, that's awesome! What a steal ;D

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