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    07-17-2011, 02:58 AM
Well, it was a pretty quiet week for us.... Colorado evening thunder/lightning storms kept me out of the saddle, so Kellie rode twice for me and lunged twice for me, she rode Scooby pretty light, so I was interested to see how she would do at today's 4H show. She won high point Speed events, so needn't have worried.

Scooby is really improving on barrels and stake, his pole pattern is really crappy. She was very quick on the first two events, and won easily in her limited competition. She got third in poles because he was all over the place. Definitely need some work there.

I rather enjoyed taking a week off - my classes have started back up (working towards my bachelors in Business Management), work is crazy, and hubby was out of town so noone to watch little kids while Kellie and I ride. You know those days you feel guilty for not riding, but so relieved that something comes up (like a lightning storm) so you can't?? Yeah, that was me last week.

Now back to business because I am inching closer to World Show! Whiskey's DNA work is done, so I have to send her papers back in so they will be marked accordingly, and she is ready to go. Except for the whole actually being able to run a pattern part, that is

We'll get there.
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    07-24-2011, 12:34 AM
Getting ready for Kellie and Scooby to go to Fair ...

She had a show last weekend, and was disappointed that there was another girl on a black and white paint wearing all pink - they matched. So we decided to do tie dye for their color. I got the tie dye saddle pad yesterday, and today we went and got a nice western shirt and tie dyed it!! Came out awesome! She has lime green boots and bell boots, and green on her bridle and breast-collar - should look awesome and one of a kind for fair!

She shows speed events on Wednesday, so we will post pics then.

Kellie has been riding Scooby every night, hauling him to the local arenas and working the pole pattern - he now lopes pretty smoothly through them more often than not, so they are as ready as they are going to be. He got today off, and he goes back to work tomorrow.

Whiskey doing good, lots of bitting her up and lunging at all gaits to build her muscle and topline, and then her warmdown is me on her with lots of bending, transitions, giving to the bit and walk/whoa and trot/whoa - if she doesn't drop right down we back ten steps. She is getting pretty good at listening to my body so very little rein is necessary.

That's all for now, will post fair pics on Thursday!
    08-08-2011, 05:16 PM
Well - things have been rough over here...

First, the good news - Kellie did good at fair, no pics because I had to work and no-one was there to cheer her on and take pics - she won flags, 2nd in barrels, knocked a pole down in (what else) poles, and then got 2nd in something else... she had a lot of fun in her tye dye outfit and said she had a blast.

Bad news - The truck (that was wrecked on July 1) was repaired, so we finally were able to give back the rental. We were responsible for the insurance on the rental, so that ended up costing over 500. Plus the gas and hotel costs needed to go back to Texas (12 hours away) to pick it up. Glad to have the truck back but that tire in my windshield cost me over 1,000.00.

2nd hit - we have a rental house and the tenants bailed - no notice. Went to the property and the lawn was destroyed, they apparently hadn't turned the sprinklers on all year. So we had to relandscape the yard. Finished that last weekend (1500.00) and re-rented the property back out.

Then the main drain completely shut-down, somewhere between the house and the main line in the street. Of course we are responsible for it, so looks like we have to replace it - to the tune of several thousand dollars. The carpet was destroyed, but the insurance will pick up inside damage, but not cover the drain repair itself. I guess we can be thankful they are covering the carpet replacement, huh?

These financial hits are piling up, and world show looking very iffy right now. I am bummed. Scooby is getting ready for State Fair, coming August 25, and I am going to watch Kellie ride him, so that should be really fun. I will be able to post pics.

Whiskey has been sitting in the pasture while I deal with the rental property at nights, and Kellie tries to work her during the day a couple times a week, but I haven't been on her in a month. I have to go deal with the drain tonight, so another day gone.

Just a crappy situation - I will be glad to get all this behind us. Hubby is freaking out over the costs building up, so I am just not sure I even should try to swing worlds, better to try to pay off some of this new debt.

We'll see.
    08-09-2011, 11:39 PM
I decided to press ahead with Worlds... even if we just show in a few classes, the idea behind this was to have a great "girls time" and just have a great time... so if the horses aren't quite ready, so be it. If we only show in a couple classes each, so be it. We are going to give it a go!

I rented the hotel room - got it from priceline and it the costs came out to 205. For four nights, including tax... so not bad at all. I figure I can always cancel if needed, but the cheap decent hotels go quick, so I needed to get it early.

We rode last night and tonight, and Whiskey was a little squirrely yesterday, throwing her head and such, but tonight she was light and easy. I rode for 40 minutes yesterday - most of that lunging and walk/trot and lots of bending and turning and whoa. Today a little more lope but I also spent about 20 minutes desensitizing her to blankets, saddle pads, and assorted items - we did trail a little and her sidepasses are just soo smooth both directions. She is the slowest horse I think I have ever ridden - she just wants to crawl at the walk and waits for the signal to stop at the jog and lope. I am pleased with that as eventually she will be my little girl's horse, so slow is great. Might make our patterns take a little longer at Worlds though :)

I am feeling better. The drain is fixed - we think - and the insurance adjuster comes tomorrow to price out the basement - looks like it will be about 4,000 out of pocket, but I am putting it on the equity loan, and not worrying about it. I will start paying that back down January 1, 2012 ... after Worlds in November and
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    08-14-2011, 01:08 AM
I decided to try a horsemanship pattern my daughter gave me to see how Whiskey would do... she picked up both leads and wouldn't have been disqualified - also very heavy on her forehand and seeing myself on video shows we have a long way to go...

We are starting to pick up contact now, and I will look forward to watching our progress in the coming months... I am very pleased with where she is now at 90 days, especially given how little I have been able to ride the last month.

Here is our pattern.

And another just trotting:

I like the trot, she looks willing and bends nicely in the turns, does a nice extended trot to the last cone and stops square and backs willingly. I have started asking her to slow that trot a bit now, and as she strengthens we'll get that jog...
    08-17-2011, 08:10 PM
Entry forms and stall reservations sent in!

I reserved three stalls so we can have a tack stall and a place to sit - we are going to haul down our small recliners so we can put down a rug, the recliners, and a small refridg for snacks - saddles and bridles along the stall wall and the rest of the space for us! Because really, this show is all about us having a BLAST! And the showing is just a small part of that!!

Kellie is showing Scooby in Junior Barrels, Open Stake and Open Poles because she is still officially a junior (she turned 19 in August, but is 18 for world show purposes) and so can only show in Open classes. She is showing Whiskey in paint bred poles because I had too many classes on Sunday and didn't want to be rushed jumping from horse to horse. (all for fun!). No stress wanted.

I am showing Scooby in Novice Ammy Barrels and Poles, and Whiskey in paint bred barrels and stake race, then the horsemanship class. It will be my goal between now and the show to slow down and collect her jog and hope for clean and steady lopes. She is only three so we are just going to train steady and ask for clean workouts until the show.

I have been working her every day this week on squares. We trot the square making sure she really picks her shoulders up as we turn the corner and then lines back out. We are working on forehand turns and pivots. Some canter departures from a walk and jog. She is asked to frame up and drive herself up into the bit at least part of every lesson. I have a suspicion the world pattern will require a lope departure from a standstill so achieving that will be a goal before November. My form is crap, sadly discovered after watching my videos, and I am working on getting that leg under me and keeping my body soft. Way too much bouncing around going on right now - but we'll get it!

I feel very motivated to ride these days, and Kellie is riding Scooby every day - State Fair is next week on the 25th so she is working speed work one day, horsemanship the next to keep him supple and calm...

Still plenty of time for improvements and we are looking forward to the journey - Whiskey meets me at the gate and is very happy and sweet. Love, love this mare.
    08-19-2011, 01:48 AM
Today was a great night! Whiskey held a jog, soft in the face and collected - she was able to hold a half circle before falling apart, but for that brief moment, I saw that glimmer of where we can be - it was great!

Her canter is also getting more balanced and there are some soft slow strides in there - still a long way to being "there" but hey, we are headed in the right direction -

Amazing what riding daily for half hour to an hour will do for a horse. I am being careful not to ask for too much too fast - just tons of circles, stopping, backing, then back to the circles again. 1/2 of the time we are in walking, bending, sidepassing and halfpasses, 1/4 of the time in a trot while pushing her up into the bridle, 1/4 of the time I am cantering.

When I canter her now I walk her in a circle so she is on an arc then lift that inside shoulder while pushing her with the outside leg and tell her "lift" (which is more a cue for me to shift my hip and lighten my seat)having her step up into the canter... most of the time she really throws her head into it, but the times she just steps into the canter is getting more frequent. Then I keep her collected about half a 60' diameter circle, then stop her, back her a few steps, do a rollback (at a walk) and then repeat the other direction. We do this several times in our ride, always stopping early and then moving onto other things she is more comfortable with... she has a great mind and I want to keep it that way.

Going to wait another week before I do another video but I can't wait to see the progress!

And for Scooby, Kellie is riding dailly as well getting ready for state fair next week. We are busy, tired, and having fun!
    08-21-2011, 11:42 PM
Today another pattern given to us by Kellie - we are only recording it once because after all - it wouldn't be an honest account of where we are if we recorded the same pattern over and over until she gets ... so here is our first and only attempt at the pattern - and it wasn't pretty....

So you can see we are now much more collected, and she looks much better in her jog - framed up a bit.... her canter departure, while clean, was on the wrong lead so I calmly brought her down and then corrected but we got too close to the cone so you can hear me saying "whoa!" to stop... her pivot was terrible, and non-existant, but that is my fault because I didn't set her up correctly. She then has to canter back to the other cone, and the departure is alright, but she speeds up pretty quickly. Overall though, I can see the progress and look forward to seeing more as the months go by...

Scooby had a light day, I will have to record Kellie as she can now weave through the poles without using the reins at all - Scooby is becoming patterned and they are doing great - State Fair is on Thursday - so coming soon!
    08-21-2011, 11:58 PM
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    08-27-2011, 02:25 AM
Pretty tired... we had state fair yesterday for Kellie - she showed in barrels, poles, and flags. Barrels didn't go well - Scooby was very pumped up and lost his steering, Kellie got a 19 second pattern and didn't place. Her classes were very large - 17 - and a lot of seasoned speed horses/riders there. Scooby is only 4, so we have to be careful of what we expect in this type of competition. Poles he was very fast, took his ends too wide, but got through the poles clean and quick - got 6th and we were very happy with that. Kellie and Scooby are the county fair champions in flags, and going in she wondered whether to go clean and slow, or fast and risk it - we decided with the competition out there she should go for it - she missed the flag and no time! But we had a great time and it was so fun to watch them give it a go!!

Whiskey got the day off today - first time in three weeks, so she has really earned it... she is doing well and hope to take pics again soon.

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