So my barn owner ripped Kiera's blanket today on accident...she texted me asking how much I wanted her to pay...I was like, no, sh*t happens, it's ok, no worries!!
She texted back saying that she will give me a free lesson to make up for it!!! It will be my first official riding lesson!!!! WHEEEE!!! *excited*
First lesson tonight!
I went over and brushed Kiera and picked out her hooves, then the Barn Owner saddled up her paint horse, Beauty. I was slightly worried, since Beauty is THE lead mare...she's kind of aggressive, but the Barn Owner told me she'd be a good girl, since she rode her earlier and because Beauty is kind of lazy. Well...yeah. I got on, and Beauty neck reins, which was interesting. I made sure not to have a "crotch seat" as people were saying on another forum, and I made sure not to pull her mouth or anything. It was kind of easy because well...neck reining. One thing though, is keeping my hands straight. I apparently did really really well...but Beauty kept stopping. =/ We had to get the riding crop out, since smooching, then kicking didn't work. That got her going a little better for me, but since she had so little desire to go for me, after about an hour the Barn owner decided to trade her out for the TWH, Maya.
Maya is apparently a really good horse, but started misbehaving after a leasee was timid with her, but with the BO in the arena with me, she didn't think Maya would be a problem. Maya, she assured me, didn't actually ever like to stop, so I'd have no problem getting her to go. I had to hold the reins differently, and that did take some getting used to...but the funny thing was...
Maya didn't want to go either. XD
I didn't have to hit her, but I did have to kick her and remind her we were supposed to keep going. The Barn Owner had me canter her (or is that called something different with the TWH?)...which was a weird feeling. I have to say that I did go "Oh Sh*t" LOL. The second and third time I made her canter all on my own. The barn owner was really pleased! She says that getting her to start obeying and canter for me is great progress for a first lesson! Apparently a lot of beginners give confusing signals to the horse, and don't know when to release pressure, which she tells me I'm very good at. I know my posture was crap...she did mention posture a few times, so I'm inferring that...but she did tell me I wasn't tensing my legs or anything bad. Anyway she said she'll invite me to go with her the next time she goes on a trail ride when the weather warms up! Whee!
I hope that I can schedule another lesson soon so I can practice keeping the horse going a little better, and keep my mind on holding the reins the way she showed me specifically. Good day though, I think =)
Well I haven't posted in a long time...so much went bad for me. Kiera is down the road from Sacramento and I'm back in PA....I miss that horse so much! I worry that she will hardly remember me, or that she won't "care" about me anymore...blah. I know, the horse will remember me, but when I'm feeling melancholy, I can't help feeling otherwise!
Anyway I will be moving back to CA and going to pick her up by April...I can't wait to see my girl again and make at least that part of my life right.
The Barn Owner has been sending me pictures of my girl. Here she is this month:
She seems so much bigger and THICKER than she was, even though it's only been a few months.
I've been working with the Ponies, and though they do give me some comfort and distract me from all the stress of my life, it's not the same feeling as I get when working with Kiera. I really did get lucky when I chose that horse, as so many things could have gone wrong, but didn't. She is such a precious animal.
She's growing so beautifully! I'm sorry to hear that you two are temporarily separated :( But it'll be that much sweeter when you two finally get to see each other again! I'm sure she'll be overjoyed to see her momma again!
Thanks guys...yeah board is a little pricier than it is in PA...but I'm going to move to Riverside...it means I won't get to go to UC Davis as planned, but we will be near family, and should be able to rent a farm/horse property at a decent price. Just paying for hay/supplements for soon to be four animals is sure to be much cheaper than boarding all of them!!!! XD
On the winters thing, I am truly surprised she got fuzzy...didn't think that after living through a winter HERE she would grow a winter coat in North Cal!
Are you familiar w/Riverside? I lived there for over 35 years, & loved the trails in the Santa Ana River bed. Are you wanting to board ,or will you be looking for a place where you can keep her on the same property?
No, I'm not familiar with Riverside at all. I did stay with my husband's aunt for a week a few months ago, so I know where Albertson's, CVS and Kohl's are...but that's about it. My husband says that there are some horse properties an exit or two away that might work...we're definitely trying to keep them on our own property at this point LOL.
The "horse-iest" area there is Norco, but it's a bit more expensive also. But the best tack stores are there & lots of vets. It's also one one side of the river-Mira Loma is on the other side-it's also "horsey", but a little less pricey. Just thinking of all that makes me miss my friends & all the fun I had there.