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        06-17-2010, 01:52 AM
    It is inspiring to read your posts! I recently tried making soap. . . Didn't turn out great- but it was fun, and there are so many possibilities! I would reccomend the book "Centered Riding", by Sally Swift, if you've not already read it. She used riding as a strength building/therapy for severe scoliosis. A very awesome book, full of great imagery. Look forward to reading more from you!
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        06-17-2010, 09:29 AM
    Thanks! I am kinda nervous about it. :P I tried candle-making for a while, but it was a lot harder than it looked to get the wick centered and everything! I'll check out that book if they have it at the local library.
        06-17-2010, 12:25 PM
    I went to the doctor today. He says it's just a lot of fluid and a really bad sprain.
        08-11-2010, 07:12 PM
    I've been feeling a lot better about myself personally. I've been playing tennis an hour or so every couple of days, and working I feel like I've been doing better playing, and running.

    Yesterday I did my first day of owrking for the lady at the stable. I just did some mucking stalls, and spent the rest of the two hours (most of it), washing algae out of water buckets and filling them back up again. Just an update. ^^
        08-19-2010, 04:35 PM
    I had my first lesson with my new trainer yesterday!

    First off, I was ridiculously nervous. I was shaking and nauseous on the whole drive there. I had already worked six hours for her before, however I wanted to impress her. Of course, I was nervous! An English saddle is far different than western, and I learned nothing from my old trainer.

    She forced me to get on. I was very nervous doing so, and shaking, and hesitant. However, I did manage to get on by myself with her three-step mounting block. I also had to get on from the left side, which was very challenging for me since my left side is not as strong as my right. Because I am left handed, I had to get used to leading from the left and such. There were several grooming and tacking things I did not know, and I learned a lot initially.

    We worked on many fundamental things. I had a very terrible posture, and was never taught correctly. I worked on stirrupless walking, raising my arms up and stretching, and keeping my eyes forward. Posture was one big thing! I also worked on balancing and being in the correct position by doing a bit of laps with two point, which absolutely worked my muscles--but I enjoyed it.

    She had many metaphors, and amazing teaching. I learned so much--and when she pushed me she had reasoning and told me why what I was doing wasn't working and how to fix it. I have several bad habits gained by my old trainer.

    I had some trouble trotting, but it helped me with my muscles. I had to kick a lot, but by the end I was doing very good cueing the slowgoing horse to trot. I felt balanced, and by the end I was doing a little better posting, but my hands kept pulling back, resulting in her always going back to a walk. The good news is--my hand positioning is very good, reins correct and thumbs up.

    I did enjoy it and I'm glad I learned so much, I'm just concerned of my old habits.

    However, I'm so happy that I mounted by myself without needing a handicapped ramp or anything. Her mounting block that was like three steps was a very good height and I was glad. =]

        08-19-2010, 06:30 PM
        08-20-2010, 05:09 PM
    I just read your journal thus far! It looks like you are enjoying your lessons immensly and learning a lot, too! It stinks when you feel like you've hit a plateau with a trainer: I just recently switched, too, and I had the same feeling driving over to her farm! I wanted to learn dressage and was taking lessons from an instructor who was most proficient with western. I was super-nervous about the new instructor because she has competed and won Grand Prix, and while I want her expertise, it was still very intimidating!

    I look forward to following your progress!!!
        08-21-2010, 10:25 AM
    Thanks !

    It is kind of embarrassing, though--I feel like a complete beginner again, struggling to trot and control the horse in a good posture--screw posture when your'e doing barrels. I was relatively good at that, having great times --well, 17 or 18 seconds, not /amazing/ lol, but still I could canter around the arena without a problem, and now I can't do /anything/. I know she's a brilliant rider, and I have to break bad habits, but I wish I wasn't so far behind =[
        08-21-2010, 10:28 AM
    On another note--I learned a lot at work Thursday, only because I screwed everything up!

    I filled up the water buckets--scrubbing through the ones that needed to be (had algae in them). That took a while, but then I basically did the stalls. I had to either use their flymask to put them in another stall or put their halter on (practice!!!!) and tie them up because they were all in their stalls (usually they're loose when I muck). I almost got kicked by an abused rescue horse I'm training, (basically with her I'm more of a trainer's apprentice) however she said I did the right thing and helped show me how to get her moving and get her ass out of my face so I could get control of that biting and kicking pony. In one stall I failed to /look/ and actually set a horse loose--but later I managed to get him! Frustrating, but I /did/ learn a lot.
        01-21-2011, 04:26 PM
    You can check out my thread regarding my class to catch up a bit:
    I love my class =]

    "Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, he/she will have to accept that his life will be radically changed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson has it clear...I've started a new life. My father is dating, now engaged to a wonderful woman with three wonderful children, sixteen, twelve, and fourteen. They are amazing, and pushing me to do things I want to do.

    I've been struggling with school, changed my schedule, and fixed it all up. I'm going to start taking dance again--it's been since I was really young, but I really want to do it. My life is amazing with this family, I'm happy, really really happy, all the time. My mom and I are still tense, but we're getting past most things, I think.

    But being in this Equine Science class, and in a class called Reel America (which is amazing! We watch movies the whole semester in a relaxed learning environment), I feel relaxed but I'm more and more drawn to riding, and really mad that I haven't been. I miss it a whole lot, and had to stop because of my school (I was taking three AP classes and it was overwhelming me so I dropped noe and dropped my PAP math to enriched), and now it's fixed.

    I feel really guilty about Cathy. I totally walked out on her. I know she kind of deserved it. Sadie was never really broken, there were signs everywhere--the condition of the barn, the animals starving--Susan's stable is so beautiful, and her horses are so healthy and...yet I still feel bad, just because I miss them so much. You know if I had the chance she was trying to get rid of a horse, I miss Buddy so much, regardless of all the trouble he gave me I'd rather have trouble than have a horse like Sadie that did absolutely. Nothing.

    Anyways, lamentations. I really miss riding, and being in this class really makes me sure that this is..really what I want to do.


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