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post #1 of 14 Old 11-17-2010, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Eliz's Adventures

A collection of what goes on in my life around horses.

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post #2 of 14 Old 11-17-2010, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Wednesday, November 17:

Work with other horses has ceased as my schedule is getting crazy. I'm lucky to get to work Vinnie 3 days a week. I'm a bad mom :(
Class/Work:
Fall semester ends December 12th... I'm not sure when Spring semester starts but I'm only signing up for one class so I can have time for horses.
I'm going to have to put my hunter lesson dreams on hold. Hopefully by the end of the holidays I'll have time... if not, I'm going to have to wait until summer. Which reminds me, I haven't decided if I'm going to enroll in the Summer semester, but it's looking like I'm taking a break :)
Vinnie:
It's been rainy on the days I've had off from work/school (of course!) so I've had trouble making it over to work with V. I've gotten to TWICE this week, which is a huge accomplishment because it's only Wednesday lol. The last two times I've ridden him I've switched him from a Springsteen to a D-ring snaffle with copper rollers, and the difference is night and day. He is so unbelievable soft right now. We're still not cantering because we have a lot of balance issues, but it should only take 3 or 4 more rides at the rate he's progressing.
Other:
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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-19-2010, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Friday, November 19

Class/Work:
Didn't get to ride because of both today :( I don't have class wednesday-friday next week because of the holidays so that's good :)
Vinnie:
Worked him yesterday. Getting really frustrated with not being able to canter. He lurches into it then when he comes back to a trot he won't collect, he just jigs! I do believe that the problem lies within what we're doing already, and is just magnified with the extra speed. We're still working on softness, he has his leaning moments. Also working on him going about crooked.
Other:
Hopefully next week I can go on a trail with him, that'd be relaxing for both of us.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-20-2010, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Saturday, November 20

Class/Work:
Yay! I only work TWO days at my evening job next week! :) Plenty of time to ride!
Vinnnie:
We rode today... Just worked on some softness and did some bigger circles at a faster trot to get more implusion. He did well!He gets distracted so easily, though. Crazy arab ;)
Other:
Put up Christmas lights! It was a challenge because of the wind though!

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-27-2010, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Saturday, November 27

Had a great Thanksgiving!!
Class/Work:
None in three days. It's weird, but I did enjoy it! :)
Vinnie:
We worked on canter hardcore the past few days. He's improving. I just need to watch my left hand, I've always had problems with it being stronger, and it really pisses V off when he's cantering. He's not quite collected at the canter, but we're just trying to get the right leads and smooth transitions at the moment.
Other:
I've decided that I AM taking only 1 class at college so that I can take hunter lessons. It's a matter of Advancing my equestrian career vs. Advancing my education. Hmm, that's an easy one ;)

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
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post #6 of 14 Old 12-03-2010, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Friday, December 3

Wow, I need to do some Christmas shopping. Lol joy.
Class/Work:
Finals are on monday, wish me luck! Also, I still need to enroll...
Vinnie:
We went on a trail ride last sunday, he loved it! Little pricked ears the whole time. I actually found a small feild that I bridled him up and worked him in a bit, just breifly, a bit of jogging. I haven't gone riding since then :( Going after I eat my luch today, though :)
Other:
I'm trying to decide which barn to take lessons at, I have 3 in mind. I'm considering making a thread about it..?

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post #7 of 14 Old 12-27-2010, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Monday, December 27

Oops. Forgot about this..!
Class/Work:
Class is on hold. Work... well I'm quittin my steakhouse job and working more at my other job. More hours, more money, free evenings/weekends... can't beat it!!
Vinnie:
Poor boy. We're doing A LOT of canter work, and he's improving so much! I've been riding him in a hunter saddle (we're working on keeping straight, controlling body, ect. And we're working at a faster trot... hard to post in a western saddle!). I'm hoping to change him to a curb next ride, and start really concentrating on getting him show ready.
Other:
Made an appointment at Saddleback for Hunter lessons tomorrow. I'm going to watch a lesson at 1 then I'm having an intro lesson at 2. Wish me luck! I'm excited :))))

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post #8 of 14 Old 12-28-2010, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Tuesday, December 28

Just wanted to update you on how my lessons went today! I really liked the barn/atmosphere... small yet still competitive. I didn't want a barn where it was all about little kids riding pretty horsies. I rode an appendix QH named DJ and he was very sweet. But lazy! Man he made me work ;)

We just went over some poles and worked on Two point, Half point, etc. and BO said next lesson I can already take with Melissa, the head trainer/jumping intructor. I'm so excited! Also I'm hoping that one day I can do a haul in with CT! :)

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post #9 of 14 Old 12-30-2010, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thursday, December 30

Wow it's getting close to new years! I need to think of some resolutions...

Class/Work:
Class starts back the 3rd, BOO!! Quitting the steakhouse job, Sunday is my last day :)) Other job starts back the 3rd as well.
Vinnie:
We used a curb in our ride yesterday, first time! I am so pleased with this boy! He kept bridled up nice and soft for me, it was amazing! It took him a minute to figure out that the pressure of the bit meant break at the poll, but once he got it, I only needed to correct him a few times :) He is still a little speed demon at the canter and coming out of it, so I really have to be agressive to get him to collect up to me. We're progressing though, he'll have it down in no time.

Other:
Next lesson is on the 8th, right after my birthday :) I'm going to slap a hunter saddle on V and maybe practice some 2 point before then :)

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
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post #10 of 14 Old 12-30-2010, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Another Thursday update!
I rode V hunter, just working on the stuff I learned in lessons, not even working him so he had it easy. However, it was very windy and he decided to spook at something invisible. So he skipped to the side and I stayed where we were originally and fell off. First time in a loooong time. What a dork that horse is! Lol!

I'm going to start working with CT and then eventually do jumping/dressage with him. Yay! :)

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
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