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    04-24-2010, 12:29 AM
Thursday: rode Moxie and Kenna. Kenna is a horse that the woman I ride with purchased for a dollar...and boy is she the best you can get for the price! She was wonderful, spooked a little under the interstate...but that's it. She has a strange walk, but a very floaty trot. We were at 12.5 mph and I was floating above her easily. :) such a fun ride. Moxie was great as usual!

Today: rode a draft horse for the first time! Felt very different, but it was fun! I like how sturdy they are underneath you!!! This particular mare had a little issue with bolting at the trot, but after a few times I figured out that either a one-rein stop or a spin would work...once I figured that out I was back in control. Boy they are strong, though!
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    04-30-2010, 01:41 PM
Sunday: rode Weezie, the appy that the woman I ride with owns. She was a little too bound on being the leader of the pack, didn't want anybody else in front of her! She did very well other than that though, hoping for this wonderful behavior to continue!!! She's no longer the crazy horse that you can't pay somebody to ride :) still VERY fussy about getting the bridle on though!....we'll work on that.
    05-03-2010, 09:34 PM
Yesterday: Rode Moxie again, a nice speed day. Rode for 2.5 hours at mostly a brisk trot, some canter/gallop and some walking as well. It was a hard workout for her but she did very well, sweated nicely, and I think learned to enjoy sponge baths! (we hope anyway)
    05-10-2010, 10:46 PM
Rode Moxie again yesterday, at Acadia Nat'l Park....it was absolutely beautiful...got about 16 miles in! It was a chilly day but we got some nice extended trots from her, averaged around 6 mph...the horses are showing that they're ready to compete!

I also graduated college this weekend and am ready to start with lessons!!! I finally have some money saved up and am going to start unraveling the mystery of dressage.
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    05-18-2010, 09:19 PM
Wednesdsay: Rode Amanda and Kenna. Kenna seems to be barn sour...just doesn't want to leave and doesn't want to walk in a straight line....keeps stopping and refusing to move...she didn't do this last time she was out...but she hasn't been out much yet so hard saying. I think she just needs a LOT more work. Amanda was an angel as always.

Sunday: Rode Washburn...it was a beautiful ride and he didn't do any of his usual dizzying spins! He did choose to jump EVERYTHING rather than stepping over, but that's okay...good jumping practice for me! We had plenty of logs and such to jump over.

: Had my first dressage lesson! It was frustrating for me to stay at the walk without getting to trot or canter...BUT I felt like a fish out of water...it was crazy how much I didn't know even at the walk. I did some turns on the forehand....not pretty or perfect, but I did it! I'm hoping that once the instructor gets to know me, we'll start moving a little faster :) On the bright side she's very nice and I felt like, although we were only walking, I was still learning and working hard. She also didn't have to fix my leg position so either she's being very nice or that's something that I"m doing okay on!
    05-22-2010, 10:22 PM
    05-29-2010, 04:17 AM
Woot woo , congratulations on graduating from college!!!!

Love reading about your adventures.
    06-02-2010, 04:28 PM
Haha thank you glam!
Go ahead and use it absolute, I didn't come up with it though!

So I haven't kept up with this at all, since we just moved and didn't have internet for a few weeks. I don't think I'll be able to write about all the riding I've done but feel there are two things to address at least.

MY FIRST CTR(competitive trail ride):
I competed two weekends ago in the 30 mile and had a great time! I rode Washburn and we got first! Of course, it's based on conditioning so it's more him than me, but I'll take a little credit since I helped with his conditioning. :) We only had one near fall---came around a corner and almost ran into a biker...haha that poor guy was terrified. And I was hanging off my horse's neck. It was a very good time, though...Amanda got grand champion junior, and Moxie got reserve champion! All the horses are in superb shape. This past weekend, Washburn and Weezie competed in the 60 and both did very well! I was a vet scribe this time, didn't compete...but certainly learned a lot about what the judges look for and how the scores are figured. I truly love this sport, it's all quite fascinating.

Starting Dressage(very slowly): The past two lessons I've been able to do some sitting trot, so that's a little better. I am very thankful that the instructor is being nit-picky with me because I need to fine tune a lot of things, but at the same time I want some excitement too! I really like the instructor a lot, but can feel myself getting frustrated. I think I might switch to every other week and do the weeks in between with someone else so that I'll have more variety. I do want to learn things correctly, but at the same time I don't want to feel like a total beginner. I've been riding 12 years! Ergh, what to do, what to do?
    06-21-2010, 10:52 PM
Hmmm not sure what else has happened since I last wrote, now that I'm out of school I don't get as bored or have as much time that I feel I need to spend on my computer rambling nonsense into the abyss. So, for that reason I'll just start over with today's ride. I haven't ridden in a week anyway, so maybe that's about right.

Today: rode Washburn and Moxie came out with us as well. We had a really good ride, but the flies were so bad! I had my first incident with broken tack today and thank goodness my horse didn't have time to realize what happened! We were at a business, walking through their driveway rather than on the road...wiser choice than we had known, in retrospect. He was spinning to object going further and I moved my rein around to put him in a circle and that was apparently just about all that rein had left. It snapped...lol. GREAT. So I reached down and grabbed his bit and tied the rest of the rein around it....he thought I had stopped to give him a treat or something I think because he turned his head right where I could reach it....YAY! Haha we made it safely the rest of the ride. He did seem to think he could spin whenever he wanted. He could have a cattling career if he wasn't so darn afraid of cows!
    09-13-2010, 10:18 PM
WOW........I totally abandoned this ride journal. I'm going to try starting over...........because I got my own horse!!! =)

Her name is Mackenzie, an arab/QH cross, with some possible appy in there as well. Not certain :) She's an amazing girl, very misunderstood, but has great ground manners and we're working on the in saddle stuff! She's 13 and she is where my energy is going from now on I believe.

I'll consider this our starting point: she is somewhat settled in at her new home, loves the other horses in her pasture and is in a full blazing heat....AWESOME! Haha. She seems a little anxious, chewing at trees and her stall, but has only been "home" for a few days so far.

As far as riding, I've had a lot of trouble getting her to leave the stable...but once she's gone she doesn't fight to go back anymore. We've had quite the bucking bronco issues as well, mare problems, saddle problems, out of shape problems, attitude problems? Still tweaking and trying to figure this out. It is worst while in the arena so maybe just arena sour or so out of shape that a circle hurts...I'm on the hunt for a solution. Right now I'm using her in a Kimberwicke, but would really like to do enough work with her that I can move to a gentler bit. I'm going to try a snaffle out anyway and just see what happens so that I can get a real picture of her mouth softness, etc.

On the grounds she's about as awesome as it could be...especially after only being mine for a few days. She'll "join up" with me in an arena, will run beside me, stop when I stop, circle when I circle, back up when I back up, turn on the forehand when I walk toward her shoulder...it's fun, and pretty cool. She stays with her ears pointed at me and waits to follow my next step.

I'm not entirely clear on her history. I do know the woman before me rode some endurance/competitive trail with her, but it's been a while since she's had a steady rider. I would like to train her for a 50 or 100 but need to work out the kinks before I start riding her alone.

Ah....so happy with my horsie, despite her mare issues. :)

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