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post #1 of 107 Old 02-11-2012, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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Luna and I... What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger... The Best Is Yet To Come


I can hardly believe it... I feel content. For the first time in five years. Despite all the problems I know I still have to overcome, that still hang over me, I feel content. I will try to hold on to this feeling as long as I can because I know it will be gone in the blink of an eye. I believe there are many things we still don't understand about the human mind. It can shatter in an instant. And yet, it can also repair itself just as fast. For me, horses are my sanctuary. My lifeboat. Without them, I would not be typing this right now. I understand what it feels like to be afraid, unsure, and untrusting of someone. Even yourself. Through this bond I have found myself through them...

Sixteen in four days. Probably the most excited I've ever been for a birthday... Finally getting my license. Just have to take the actual driving part of the test, I already passed the written. For the record, everyone who said the written test was hard must not have many IQ points. I don't know about other states, but I was stressing over nothing.

Sixteen just sounds like freedom to me... Fifteen sounded more like prison. Okay, maybe not that bad. "Held back" might be a better term.

And my other birthday present... Luna

I can't wait to start working with her... Only three more weeks. Only three more weeks. I have to keep chanting that in my head to stay motivated. There has been a bit of drama going on at the barn lately and I know I can't let that interfere with my training. I just have to stay focused and confident. Confident mostly meaning sticking with my own training methods and not doing what someone else wants me to simply because they think they know more and almost always give me "pointers" that don't make any sense for the type of training I'm doing :roll: I can't wait until I have my own boarding/training business... I know there will be many things done differently. I have been to 4 or 5 different barns now and I have learned what *not* to do from all of them (business wise and dealing with clients mostly)...

Ugh, I have to work two shifts tomorrow... Well technically today. It's 12:27 AM. So I guess I should wrap up this entry. I am going to try and post daily, we'll see how it goes.

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Only post for today: My good picture of Luna :)

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Only 3 (almost two) more days until I turn sixteen... I'm really excited

I'm not having a party or anything, which is fine with me. Like I said before, my birthday presents are my drivers license and Luna (even though I won't have her until the 4th) The only thing I wish I could have is my parents home for the whole day of my birthday. They both have to work So I have to figure out what to do by myself during the day. Normally I do school work, but it is my birthday

I'm also a bit excited for tomorrow, Luna's new bridle and bit should be delivered :)

I ordered this bit:

JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Eggbutt Snaffle Bit | Dover Saddlery

And this bridle:

Suffolk Fancy Snaffle Bridle | Dover Saddlery

I ordered the bit in 4 3/4 size, hopefully it will be small enough (that was the smallest size it came in). Her owner has been riding her in a gag bit :roll: So I'm going to teach her how to flex and have contact with the bit without it being painful. You *never* start a green horse in a shank bit, let alone a GAG bit!!! Sorry for the rant, that just really angers me. She was obviously in pain

Anyway, I ordered the bridle in cob size since she's so small. I'm pretty sure that will fit her. I also ordered her a new purple saddle pad, but it hasn't shipped yet

Mean while I have been thinking about how I will start her training (what I will do first). I know she will be a bit frazzled from the move and really excited to see all the other horses (including the stallions, which we'll avoid), so I'm not planning on pushing her in the first week/week and a half. I'll take her in the arena and do some groundwork for 15-25 minutes or so daily and i will judge her temperament from there. I'm going to try and ride her two or three times in the first week and a half, again depending on her mood. Mostly going to work on groundwork/lunging and respect. About three weeks or so after she has gotten used to the new environment and schedule, I will start riding her more frequently. I would like to ride her every day, but I don't want her to get sour either. It all depends on her mood and how quickly she gets used to things...

My main goals for her under saddle training are staying in the trot and canter consistently and transitions. After we have that down, we'll will work on staying on the right lead. She has only been cantered in an arena a few times, so she has never been corrected with her lead. She also doesn't stay in the canter for more than a few strides, hence the consistency training.

Guess I should try to get some sleep... Hopefully the bridle and bit will come tomorrow

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Luna's new bridle and bit came I highly recommend the bridle, the leather is very soft, not stiff at all. The bit looks good too, very well made. The length looks about the right size for her, but the rings look quite big. The joint in the middle also looks pretty big, considering she has a very low palette. But I think it will probably work

I know this post is short, but I'm going to try to get a bit of extra sleep tonight. I'm going to practice for my driving test tomorrow. I take it on wednesday (birthday). Yup, only one more full day until I turn sixteen

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post #5 of 107 Old 02-15-2012, 01:37 PM
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Happy birthday girl! Guess you're to busy to update the page today?

16, what a great age....


For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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happy birthday :) hope u get your license
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Thanks guys, I'm going to take my test in a couple hours. There will be another update tonight :)

Thank you for saying happy birthday, I really do appreciate it :)
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And thank you very much for the cake gunslinger, it was awesome :)
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!!Happy Birthday!!
Sweet sixteen

!!Love your new horse!!
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Thanks Taffy :)
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