Wow, one week and no logging. -shakes head- I thought I'd introduce you to people now since their names will pop up often.
It'll be like this: Name - what I might refer to them as - extra info Yay? :) Or just their name and extra info because yeah. Lost my train of thought... Onto the people I work with! <3
Loki - BO/trainer/instructor - the best
Frank - Loki's husband - also our trailering guy and a horse trainer
Sylvia - trainer/instructor - kinda on hiatus, but slowly starting to teach again
Mark - Sylvia's husband - rides occationally, good rider
Tiffany - Sylvia and Mark's baby daughter
Maureen - works at the barn like mwah
Pam - see above
Louise - see above, although she's like in 7th or 8th grade
Kawena - one of the most awesomenest 8 years olds ever, takes lessons and helps out
Debbie - owner of Pie and Pride
I think that's all for now... yes. Now onto the log! Charrrge! (this is gonna be a long post) August 2, 2008, Tuesday
I trotted! And even sat the trot too, though I was hurting a bit the whole time. I dunno, I kinda don't feel the pain when I'm concentrating... Anyways, Miss T was the best! She was very light in my hands compared to how she's been lately (I think that's from the lunging with side reins) and we had an amazing ride. At the end of our ride we did flawless loops. August 3, 2008, Wednesday
I can't remember what I did for riding on this day... Either we trotted both ways around the racetrack doing leg yielding then worked on the grass or just rode on the grass and used trotting poles. :P I want to get us back into jumping soonish. We need to build confidence.
Work as usual. ;) August 4, 2008, Thursday
Had my lesson in the rodeo arena. Loki showed us how to do some good bending exercises in the walk. Then we trotted and talked about the upcoming shows. I'm going to "try" for the February show again. Loki said we could probably show 1st level, but we should stick with Training level for now. Loki had me cross my stirrups(put them up) and we did killer stirrupless work. We did lengthing stride which meant that I had to post. Man, that's hard when you have a huge trot. Plus, I don't think I've ever really done posting without stirrups before. It was a good workout. I learned how to change my legs when asking for a change of bend instead of relying on my hands. And we did some bending work on a circle, I'd bend to the inside, then switch to the outside and then back again while staying on the circle. It was a great lesson.
NEW PONIES! Three new horses are here for the week. They came around 4pm. All the way from Cali, they flew in. They are all beautiful and their owner, Jane is very nice.
Paddy, mare, 26
Ruby Two, mare, 16, QH/Morgan cross
True, gelding, Paint, youngest August 5, 2008, Friday
Had an awful ride on Miss Take. Went out to ride with Pam, who was on Pie. We went into the rodeo arena. I just worked on what I learned in my lesson. Pam had Pie going so nicely!
She headed back and I decided to stay and work longer since we hadn't even cantered yet. We did a little cnatering and then ran into our problem. I would trot on a right rein circle, then switch my legs (new outside leg back, new inside leg forward) and ask for the left bend while still keeping the circle. I did this on both reins. But whenever we switched bends she would go off the circle in the other direction, even if I kept my outside leg pressed on her side. So we fought for a time then I just stopped because we were both getting too worked up. We did what i was trying to do in the trot at a halt. I'd switch my legs and bend her, then straighten, then bend the other way. Then we did it in the walk. Then we went back into trot and had the same fustrating experiance. I was getting mad at my body and at her, and she was getting fustrated and confused with me. So I asked for less, not so extreme, and we did a tiny bit better. I ended on that. I don't know why we couldn't do it right! It was the same exact thing we worked on in the lesson and it was awful and ugly. I don't think it was her. She was definitely trying to do what she thought I wanted, but it wasn't the right response. I don't like my body. I think I must have been doing something very wrong with my body that was sending her to wrong signals. I can't figure it out. Ugh! Riding is so hard sometimes! I just hate that my body doesn't do what I want it to. x_x I felt all guilty after my ride, but my horse still, somehow, loves me. Phew...
Jane and her youngest daughter came out to see their horses. Her daughter rode Paddy (so cute!) and she took Rudy out for a walk with her. Which in turn made True go a bit nuts in his stall, so Frank put him in out of the outside stalls so he wouldn't kick the barn down. xD I watched Frank train Sherman again. I love watching him work with a horse. Frank started working with Sherman starting Tuesday and has done it every day since. I think it's just what Sherman needs. :) August 6, 2008, Saturday
I decided that after yesterday, what me and Miss Take needed was a back to the basics ride. We went into the rodeo arena to ride. Didn't do anything fancy at the walk, just tried to get her forward and on the bit. We trotted and did different sized circles and changed the rein a bunch. Went back to walk and did a little bit of leg yielding before moving up to trot and doing the same. For canter we used the whole arena, but did three small circles on each long side. She was a superstar! I remember when I first started riding her, we'd always fall back into a trot when we got off the circle. We've gotten so far since then. After the canterwork, I wasn't completely happy with our downward transition to trot, so we did a couple more transitions. We worked in trot after that and lengthed stride on the long sides of the arena and across the diagonal. Wow, she rocks at that now when she barely knew it before. She's come so far. We ended with attempting to neck rein in trot. It went very well! I had to aid her with my leg and overexagerate a bit, but we could do pretty good small and large circles. Yay, western pony!
Walked around to cool off then headed back in. It was a fabulous ride altogether.
I gave her a real bath with shampoo and cleaned my brushes and grooming tote while she grazed. Then I went out to hand graze her so she could finish drying off. Loki was having Frank fix the hill paddock fence so we can use it for next week, so I just put Miss T in her stall before I left. We had cuddle time, too. <3
Next week Loki is going to be "gone" until Friday because she has to rest. She's having a minor sugery done on Monday. Frank, Sylvia, Pam, Maureen and I are taking care of the barn duties for her. I'm closing the barn on my work days annnnnd.... MAKING UP FEEDS! I can't wait. I've never really done it before, but I adore scooping feeds and such. I'm so happy! Plus, it's great to feel trusted considering that the people doing the same thing as me are in their thirties or older. So yeah, it's cool that Loki trusts me to be responsible. Then I can feel like I'm running the barn, fun! I'll have to figure out riding though since anyone younger than 18 can only ride when someone 18 or older is present.
Anyhow, she wants to put Griffin, Gabby and Miss Take in the hill paddock since they're the only horses that need to come in from pasture. That way it's easier for us to get them in and out. She's prolly going to try and stick the Blond and Tessa in there with them, too. Then the rest of the herd stays in thier pasture while Pie and Pride can be in the road pasture.
The newbies (a.k.a. Paddy, Ruby, and True) are settling in nicely. They rarely neigh/scream. They're a little skittish when you go into their stall to clean or fill their water. However, I think they're making great progress compared to other horses.