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        02-12-2014, 05:23 PM
    I just got back from working at Equest. It's my first Wednesday working since the session started, and I started working my second class. It's smaller and a little more hands-on than the Saturday class, which I appreciated.

    I started this morning at around 9:00 by doing some barn work, cleaning and bedding stalls. Once I was done there, I took a small break and waited until 11:00 when I had to groom and tack the horses for the class. There were two classes at 12:00, so there was a bit of confusion in the tack room as everyone tried to get ready.

    I quickly went to get a drink in the commons area, where I met one of the riders in my class, a boy named Eric. The other rider had not arrived yet.

    I helped with the Western class before going off to tack up a horse named Jax while the other volunteer in the class tacked up a fuzzy little pony named Babe. For the class, we were switched; Dakota (the other volunteer) led Jax while I led Babe. We took them to the mounting area, and Eric got on Jax first. My rider, Jacob, had just arrived, and was helped onto Babe (he has a muscular disorder and we used the blocks, so it was a bit of a struggle this week--next week we're using the ramp).

    Eric and Jacob were the only two riders in the class, and they both needed a horse leader for the entire class. We worked mostly at the walk today, with a few trotting intervals.

    After the class, we took the horses back to their stalls, Jacob holding onto the lead rope and me holding on to the sidepull for security. The riders put away the tack, and I groomed Babe before leaving.

    I did make a lot of mistakes today, from putting the tack on wrong to forgetting to groom Babe before letting her go, and I was a lot less forgiving of myself than everyone else was. That's just another thing that I've got to work on. I know, I can't expect to be perfect at the very beginning.

    Overall, I do like this class. I like being hands-on with the horse and rider, and I like the smaller size, so I would say that I prefer my Wednesday class over my Saturday class. In each class, there is something to learn.
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        02-18-2014, 09:19 AM
    Well, it's been nearly a week since I posted an entry, so I thought I'd post today and keep this going.

    I haven't really been doing a lot of horse stuff in the past week or so, though I did go to my Saturday class at Equest, and met the rider that I was assigned to help (she didn't show up the previous Saturday). Her name is Hilary, and she is absolutely in love with her pony, Cody. She called him her baby. He was being a bit of a pain that day, as ponies can be, but she gave him treats and lots of love after the class had ended.

    Today, I'm hoping to go see Bobby. I haven't seen him for about a week and a half. Toni was actually getting a bit worried that something had happened or that I had lost interest in Bobby. I was just busy with other things. While I'm still busy today, I'm going to make time to go visit.
        02-18-2014, 12:13 PM
    Glad to hear that things at Equest are going well (:
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        02-20-2014, 02:27 PM
    Bobby is sick. I'm not sure what the problem is yet, only that Toni said that he seemed off and called in the vet. The vet is doing some blood work, and advised that Bobby be kept quiet for a few days. So, I won't be visiting him until Saturday or Sunday at the earliest. I'm going to keep in touch with Toni and will make sure that he's doing okay. I haven't really bonded with him much yet, but I am concerned for his welfare.

    On another note, I bought some nylon reins that match Toni's tack. I thought they would be more comfortable in my hands than the ones that she was using, since her reins are too short and thin for my liking. If I could, I would love to get my own tack (English tack preferably), but since I don't have the money to spend trying to find the right saddle and bridle for both me and Bobby, I'll make do with Toni's.
        02-20-2014, 02:39 PM
    Good and bad news, it seems. I hope everything turns out ok with Bobby.

    But, focusing on the fun stuff--what color reins did you buy? (:
        02-20-2014, 04:00 PM
    Toni and the vet didn't seem terribly concerned, so I'm sure he'll be fine. But, as is typical of me, I get myself all worked up with worry. But, I'm working on keeping calm.

    They're turquoise, green, and purple striped (Toni's saddle pad and headstall is turquoise ). Very pretty, if I do say so myself .
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        02-23-2014, 05:18 PM
    Bobby's been bad the past couple of days, and nearly flattened me today. First, both today and yesterday Bobby and Huey were turned out in the pasture. Usually, they come right up to Toni and her family when they call, but they wouldn't be caught today and yesterday. It took us about an hour both days to catch them.

    Today, I was supposed to ride. We tried tacking him in the round pen, since all of the tie outs were full, and he reared up on me when I lifted the saddle. He pulled away, dragging the fence with him. I was a little bit freaked out; not scared of Bobby per say, he's a good horse, but it was a reminder that horses are very powerful prey animals, they spook and are unpredictable.
        02-26-2014, 02:44 PM
    Great day today at Equest.

    I didn't do any barn work today, though I really should've. Anyways, instead I started off by helping another volunteer to tack up a horse named Max for the ATC class at 11:00. When the class was going, I stood at the gate and watched. It is a very interesting class, and very large.

    When I was done there, I groomed and tacked up Jax (Jacob wasn't there today, so Poco was left alone) for my class. He was very cooperative with his feet, which helped my confidence a bit since I am terrified of horse feet.

    The intern Andrea was teaching today, and she had a neat lesson plan. She had Eric walk a serpentine around cones and then had him pick up a ring from one ring stand and trot to a pole at the other end of the arena where he put the ring down. I helped with the rings and the pole. It was fun.
        02-27-2014, 12:44 PM
    It'll be a couple of days before I get some more horse time, either with Bobby or at Equest, because of my busy schedule. My sister has a skate party tonight, and tomorrow is the North Texas Irish Fest. I'm going in the morning to help set up for the Pomeranian rescue, and then I'll be going during the actual festival that night. Then, on Saturday morning I've got Equest and an appointment with my therapist. Then, I'll finally be able to see Bobby again.
        02-27-2014, 01:48 PM
    ^Ugh. I hate spans of time when I can't get my "horse fix" ):
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