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        12-30-2012, 10:41 PM
    I've had a couple of good lessons since the last post. The head trainer wants us to take a step back to do simpler things with him. He thinks we were moving too fast with Jack. I didn't really feel like we were doing very complicated lessons so I'm not sure quite what he meant but whatever. Jack is already putting on a little weight since he's moved indoors. He doesn't look so ribby even with the removal of all his hair. He is also finally seems to have gotten over the lack of hair. Man, oh man, does he hate this hair cut. I've had to remove my spurs since he is so over-reactive to the leg. He's getting better now, but for a couple of lessons it was pretty bad.

    We have changed to a slow twist full cheek to get a little better response to the bit. Hopefully, we get back to the happy mouth french link eventually, but we need this for now.

    Hopefully, Lane will have the schedule for the "B" team together next week so I will have a snow balls chance to get some of the dates off.

    It's getting there, very slowly.
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        01-02-2013, 08:19 PM
    Hacked today and Jack was just full of it! We trotted forever before we calmed down enough to canter! It turned out alright in the end but he really wanted to buck me off. Kudos to him for not actually trying to do it =)

    I have things set up with the schedule at work so starting in next month I will be able to go to the barn wed-fri every week. It's only an extra day per week but that's 4 more days a month so I'm excited. It also means that I will only have to work one 12 hour shift per week instead of 2. I just hate the 12 hour days so I think it will help me hate my job just a tiny bit less. Six hours just seems so much less horrible. I really hate my job so any little bit helps. Lol.

    I talked to my trainer a bit today just to make sure that it was understood that I prefer training with her instead of the head trainer. The lesson with him went well but I like how things are going with her. We discussed the head trainers comment that Lane was pushing Jack beyond what he should be doing and basically how strange that comment was. I just wanted to make sure that Lane understood that I don't agree with him and I appreciate her training =)

    Lesson with her tomorrow with Kim and then lessons this weekend with Kathy since Lane is taking the B team to a show at Ledges (we are skipping this show).
        01-05-2013, 09:59 PM
    I had a very nice group lesson today with Kathy (and Lindsay and Kim). Trot jumps over the diagonals and then a trot in line in 5, all the way around to a canter in line in 4. Jack was very good despite being extremely distracted. Normally you don't have to explain to him that the jump you are heading towards is supposed to be jumped but today he seemed surprised by the them and was looking around a lot in the 20 or so feet before the jump. Very strange for him, but with supportive leg he went over everything. We had extremely nice lines with both the trot in and the canter in so I was pleased.

    Kim is bringing her tack trunk over on Monday so I will, finally, have mine to myself. Lol. Also, the barn is leaving on Monday for Florida with 17 horses. It's going to be so nice and quiet! They are going to move all of the horses from the lower barn up to the nice upper barn so Jack and Adam will be up top for a couple of months which is awesome. We get to be important for a while. Jack is going into Spitfires stall (one of the owners grand prix horses) so I'm hoping some of his greatness will sink in! Lesson again tomorrow with Kathy before they leave since Lane is in Illinois with a couple of horses at Ledges.
        01-06-2013, 08:40 PM
    Lessoned again with Kathy in a group lesson (Tess, Lindsay, Melody). We did trot in to the plank on diagonal, canter oxer on diagonal and then trot in line in 5. Everyone else went back around and cantered in 4 or something but I just did the trot in. Yesterday and today he was very good but really distracted. He went over everything but they all just seemed to surprise him even though I was funneling with legs and hands. Kathy said he was "sulking" a bit and wasn't always in front of my leg. I hope he's back to normal next week but everyone was impressed that he went over it all regardless of whether he was expecting it or not.

    The barn leaves tomorrow and Kim brings her trunk tomorrow. I won't be out again until thursday thanks to that stupid thing called a job. Only a couple more weeks until we change our schedule.

    I did find out the other day that the only way we can refinance into the special mortgages (thank you President Obama) is to bring down our principal by about $4500. The would wipe out both the vacation account and the money to finish the bathroom so that is extremely depressing to me. I really needed a vacation and even Mexico was sounding good right now. If I keep up with the horses we will never finish the house and probably not go on a vacation again for a couple of years. I suppose we make choices and that is life. Poo. I think I'll have another glass of wine.
        01-10-2013, 03:47 PM
    Lessoned with Kim and Lane today. Jack seemed pretty quite but once we got going he had a tendency to put his head down and try to run off with me. I tried really hard to sit up and keep my heels down. The first time around was kind of a hot mess but the next 2 rounds were better. I stayed up pretty well and the entire lesson I fought back a little bit more than usual too, which Lane really liked. She says if I continue to sit up and pull him back up then he will gradually pull on me less.

    I would really like to get myself upright by this spring. So my goal is to be upright and recovering quickly after the jump by May. It's actually a long way from now, but I'm a long way from upright so I think it's realistic.

    Jack and Adam moved to the upper barn while the A team is in Florida. Kim also moved her trunk in so I have more room. I discovered an extra pack of smartpaks in the grain room so we are over a month behind on them. I don't think Jack was getting them when he was first moved inside and it seems like they get missed a bit other times as well. It seems kind of weird to me because Lane encouraged me to put him on the joint supplement and the muscle mass supplement so she agrees that he needs them. It just makes me wonder if he even needs to muscle/ulcer ones since he's gained so much weight since we brought him inside.
        01-20-2013, 09:04 PM
    Forgot to post this last week. Lol. This was a nice week because I had 4 lessons. The barn is so darned peaceful right now! Overall, Jack was really awesome this week. On Wednesday, Kim and I lessoned separately so we could take pictures of each other. (My husband has to buy me some sort of card reader because my "old" netbook doesn't accept the new sd cards that my new canon takes) That lesson went well. Lane had a line let up and a couple of jumps and then just poles for the rest of the course. I'm better at seeing distance for a pole than for a cavaletti, which is weird. On Wednesday we had a lesson with Kim and worked on roll backs. After the first try Jack understood the game and then we were almost over turning and ending up to the inside on the second jump. A fun course though, slightly terrifying.

    Then, yesterday I was going to be in a group lesson but the sisters that I was riding with didn't come in so it was a private. The best thing about that lesson was she had me do a straight line halt after the diagonal jump because dives too the inside when we jump into the corners. After a couple of halts we went back to the course and he did so much better. Even better than that, today we did a course and he didn't dive in around that corner!

    Today we had a very interesting course. We were suppose to trot in a 5 stride line and eventually do 7 strides then continue the course but we couldn't do the 7 so Lane let us do 6 and Kim and Cindy do 7 since their horses aren't green. (Cindy's horse, Liam is out with a suspensory injury so she was riding a sale horse today). Later in the course was an s-curve line. (the in of the line on the rail, diagonal and the out of the line on the opposite wall). 3 strides to 4. We got the striding right every time but I tended to collapse after the diagonal so Jack was just smart enough to fit in the extra stride for me.

    I'm sitting up much better. Definitely trending in the right direction. My shoulders still slump but I'm getting my core up and sitting back more. I just can't wait until I can get this fixed. I feel like if I get this taken care of then I'm going to be ready to just start getting picky and fine-tuning things instead of trying to fix a major issue. I know that I will be fine-tuning for the rest of my life, but this is a huge issue. Jack has just been amazing the last couple of weeks and I think he has so much potential and I want to get good enough to maximize that potential.
        01-31-2013, 03:04 PM
    I haven't posted in a while but I have been riding. It's been a bit frustrating lately because I have ended up feeling like I'm 2nd fiddle in my lessons with Kim. She always gets to jump more and it seems like the trainer gives her more feedback too. I know that Jack is greener than her horse so he can't always jump as high or anything but it seems like she gets more redos. It's not like I don't have tons of stuff to be working on too.

    I don't really understand quite why I'm being shafted a little bit but I will just keep plugging along. We started doing grids yesterday. It went alright. He did refuse a couple of times but seemed to enjoy it when we got going. Today she raised the bar a little and the last oxer ended up around 3 foot for us. He was having difficulty trying to work out the multiple jumps in a row. He was kicking out while jumping the last oxer so it was kind of uncomfortable. I thought he was trying to buck at first but my trainer insisted that he was working things out and having fun as well. By the end he was tucking he back legs in appropriately but he seemed a little sore so we ended there. Kim got to jump 3'6".

    My schedule will be changing as of next week so I will be able to ride wed-friday every week and every other weekend. I wish I could ride more but we just refinanced the house into a 10 year fixed (not a standard mortgage but as close as we can get being upside down with the land) so we had to clear out all of the savings other than Africa. I'm not even sure if I will be able to show at all this summer. We have to come up with $400 more every month until July because we are in escrow for this years taxes but I have to pay the second half of last years taxes in July. Basically, it means we have to put away double the money for 6 months. We don't really run $400 under budget every month so this is going to be a problem. We are going to try our best to cut back and I've been watching for extra shifts in the area for work. Ugh. So frustrating.
        01-31-2013, 03:56 PM
    Originally Posted by MySerenity    
    We don't really run $400 under budget every month so this is going to be a problem. We are going to try our best to cut back and I've been watching for extra shifts in the area for work. Ugh. So frustrating.
    I'm sure it will work out! As a college student saving money, I must say, Peanut butter and jelly or turkey, or tuna sandwichs do wonders at saving money when you eat them for lunch everyday! Lol I saved at least $100 to $150 dollars every month doing that lol. And I guess you can start putting as many coupons to use as you can to help as well. Whether its for grocery or clothes =]

    Good luck with your savings!
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        02-06-2013, 03:41 PM
    Thanks, HorseTrance, we are doing our best to cut costs!
    I'm trying to cut out extra things. My husband is taking lunch to work instead of going out every day and I'm making due with my equipment for a little while. It doesn't help that some sort of social security tax cut expired this year so my paycheck shrunk a tiny bit too!!
        02-06-2013, 03:58 PM
    We had a very interesting lesson today. We started out with a grid of bounces. Jack was trying really hard to think his way through it and he did get it eventually.

    Then, because she didn't want them to be overloaded with that exercise, our trainer had us work on seeing our distances over a simple, tiny, vertical. First she put a little marker on the ground at the ideal take off spot and told us to aim for it. We biffed it a couple of times, but did pretty well. Then she had us pretend it was different types of jumps. The first oxer of the course, a triple bar, in and out or a vertical. She would have us keep going around and around and just yell out what the next jump was. It was to get us used to thinking about this different ways to treat different jumps, get us comfortable with jumping at different paces and keeping the pace the same even when we are trying to achieve something different.

    For example: a nice impulsive, confident, forward canter that is in front of your leg for the first jump of the course, a big oxer (the first jump sets the tone for the entire course, so it's extremely important). A very forward and large stride with still being deep in the seat and in front of the leg for the triple bar. A much less forward, more up and down, canter still with impulsion to make it through the in and out.

    I thought it was a lot of fun and we did tend to get our distances better when we had other things to consider instead of just staring down the jump as we come up on it. Jack really liked tearing across the arena for the "triple bar". We were still in control and I was still the one choosing our distances but we were really booking it around the ring!

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