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        06-17-2014, 01:34 PM
      #81
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Viranh    
    She's such a cute horse! Sorry to hear you're back to saddle shopping. It's miserable if you're in a rural area and/or there's something vaguely non-standard about you or your horse. How I envy average sized people with average sized horses.

    If you ever get to the point of getting a new saddle, Custom Saddlery is awesome. They will make something that fits both you and your horse, and they do more than just shorten the flap for a short rider.

    Also, many nice saddles, like possibly that Albion, are adjustable up or down at least one tree size, and possibly two as long as the channel is wide enough and the fit is otherwise good. Anyway, I wish you a short and successful saddle hunt!!
    Thank you! We have only 1 saddle fitter in the entire state of Oklahoma and he's gone 11 months out of the year. The Amulet fits her ok, but I just have a hard time getting my leg around her, in the proper "Dressage" way. Maybe I've just been feeding her too many treats
         
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        06-19-2014, 11:14 AM
      #82
    Yearling
    I had made the mistake of inviting DH to the barn on Tuesday. It was complainorama 2014! He did however take a few good pictures which I will have to post later. So I was in a horrible mood yesterday, as I was still recovering from the day before and questioning myself a lot especially since Ana hasn't been all the jolly lately.

    However, I was determined to not let it affect my work with Ana.

    My MDC stirrups had arrived the day before so I decided to try them out and OMG - I love them. Best investment ever.

    I only rode Ana in the arena for a few minutes as I noticed an continued problem trotting to the right and a general lack of enthusiam for work. I took her outside and we trotted all.over.the.place. We usually just walk, so when I asked her to trot, she was like ..."really!?!" I was like "Yes, really!!!" I feel like she got a good work out and didn't resist as much as she does in the arena, and I did get her to stretch down and seek the bit for a few strides, so I will call that progress.

    All these developments are starting to make me feel a little better about my journey with Ana again. Some days I just get a little down because I'm so driven to succeed but don't always have the resources required to get there, and I'm still trying to find the balance between pushing Ana enough to develop but not pushing her to the point that she becomes ring sour. I'm also concerned about her health; I don't want her to develop IR, so she needs to keep fit. So some days when she's not enthusiastic, I wonder if I'm pushing her too hard or if she's going through her cycle, or if she's not tolerating the Oklahoma heat as well, or if she didn't sleep well, or if the girth is too tight, or the saddle hurts her, or if she's just trying to convince me to go the easy route, because why work harder than required?

    I'm trying to find some things for her that she enjoys. I turned her out in the arena with another mare and she did seem to enjoy that. I gave her a ball to play with but she just looked at me like "what am I supposed to do with that?" She does love to explore so I don't discourage that even though it may create more work for me. Yesterday she dumped out the contents of the grooming box. Silly girl :)
         
        06-19-2014, 12:54 PM
      #83
    Yearling
    I just ordered her a Back-on-Track saddle pad; hopefully that will resolve our trotting problem. I'm curious to see if she notices a difference. She is very sensitive about everything; even when I hose her legs off, she will lift each leg as if the water hurts her...such a drama queen :)
         
        06-20-2014, 08:42 AM
      #84
    Weanling
    Something I have had to learn this year (been a hard lesson, personally) is to take the pressure off of myself. When I do that, I lessen the pressure I put on my mare. I have taken both of us back to the basics beginning this spring and we are just now starting to incorporate a small bit of cantering in our works about once a week. It has really helped both of us get back to enjoying riding and has helped my mare to relax greatly. At first it was difficult to only walk some days (mentally for me that is), other days we walk and trot, now we are adding in the canter maybe once a week- but it is working. You haven't had Ana all that long so no worries, you all are doing great! Just keep having fun!
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        06-20-2014, 08:44 AM
      #85
    Yearling
    Picture and Update

    We had a great schooling session yesterday. Since the BM hadn't fed her yet, I opted to feed her myself before we worked. I think that helps a lot because she seems more willing to work when her tummy is full and when I'm the one who controls the food.

    I made her trot all over the country side including over a hill to help her build some muscle. I've been playing with my upper body position to find just the right alignment to keep the energy flowing forward. I finished by taking her into the arena and doing some very concentrated bending work. She's still struggling to bend properly to the right but I didn't give up on her; I just kept playing with different loops and circles and stopped working at just the right spot.

    I'm still loving my MDC stirrups and can't wait for her Back-on-Track saddle pad to arrive.

    Tomorrow is the big schooling show at the barn, for which I volunteered to work. I'm hoping I can sneak away to take Ana for a spin since she hasn't been exposed to the crazy show world yet. It should be interesting.
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        06-23-2014, 09:24 AM
      #86
    Yearling
    H/J Show

    Ana did great at the H/J show. She only spooked once at the judges stand. She was very suspicious of some red lawn chairs but didn't let that rattle her. I walked her around Friday during the warm up once and twice during the actual show on Saturday. She just loves to watch horses jump.
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        06-23-2014, 09:42 AM
      #87
    Weanling
    That's great! My TB thinks other horses jumping are terrifying... very irritating.
         
        06-23-2014, 09:46 AM
      #88
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Viranh    
    That's great! My TB thinks other horses jumping are terrifying... very irritating.
    I have her boarded at a H/J barn so she's seen lots of horses jump by now. She's never seemed spooky around them; just very interested/looky. Maybe your TB just hasn't been exposed much to the jumping world?
         
        06-23-2014, 11:51 AM
      #89
    Weanling
    No, he hasn't. He just sat in a field after coming off the track. I found out that other horses jumping scare him while hanging on to a panicked monster horse at our last schooling show, lol. He got a little better about it after a little while, but it's something we'll have to work on.
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        06-24-2014, 09:06 AM
      #90
    Yearling
    We had a productive day yesterday. First she was not happy to see me and I had a hard time getting the halter on her because I was squished between her and Jessie, the big TB. Lately these two have been quite literately attached at the hip, so I will need to figure out a way to detach her and have her respect my space a little more.

    Once I took her to the grooming area, I unpacked my new side reins so that I could hold them up to her to make sure they fit, and it scared her. She pulled back on tie and panicked, but settled down quickly when she realized it was nothing to be afraid of.

    We rode outside first; walked and then did our trot/walk routine. I can only get her to trot for 5 minutes before she needs a break. So we did that three times; we trotted all over the place, including up a small hill. Then we went into the arena and did some light bending work. I had intended to only walk her but she decided to pick up a trot in order to avoid bending. That’s ok, I’m not supposed to punish any attempt at “forward” but then I’m not supposed to go back to a walk until it’s MY idea. She didn’t like that all; she prefers for everything to be her ideaJ We still managed to stop on a good note.

    I then lunged her for a few minutes on each side before slowly and carefully introducing the scary side reins. I kept her close on a small circle and had the side reins on the loosest possible setting. We only did walk and trot and I praised her immensely.

    So all in all a very productice "Learning" day for both of us.
         

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