sooo, it's been over three months since my last post in here.
Here's an update. The barn got hit by a tornado June 2 and all the horses had to go home. I haven't really been as into horses since then. I helped clean up for a long time, but we got behind on the mule. We finally just gave up on getting him trained.
Now I'm riding Duke who is a 12 y/o QH and is about 16 some hh. I've been riding him for about 3 weeks and we have a show on Sunday. It'll be his first show in 10 years. And my first show in 8, also my VERY first Western show.
I really need to teach myself how to ride bareback if I want to show in the Bareback Pleasure class on sunday. I've ridden Duke 3 times w/ a bareback pad, but I've needed my "oh snap!" handle a lot
The last experience wasn't great because he ran my knee into a fence purposely and I think he cracked it. Because that was over a week ago and it STILL hurts. All my truely bareback experiences (3) have been horrible and involve nearly falling off or falling off.
Soo, today I was pretty much feeling sorry for myself this morning and opted not to go ride Duke. I slept until almost 1 pm instead. Then I went to the Chiro, so I'm feeling much better now :) He told me I should be a chiropractor :P
Anyway, then I did nothing until it was like 4:30. Then I went out and worked with Duke on Halter and Showmanship stuff. He did a lot better with the show lead. After that I worked on getting him desensitized to the raincoat. Mr. Trainer told me to put him in the alley (very small area) so that he pretty much couldn't move and HAD to get used to it, but Mr. Trainer wasn't there, so I did it in the little pen so he would be less claustrophobic.
Duke honestly could care less. I rubbed it on him for a little bit, but Duke was falling asleep so I just threw it on his back and made him walk with it on there. He didn't even care. Then I started flapping it around and pretty much spazzing out with it and throwing it on his back and back off, and all he did was put his ears toward the noise and look at me like "what are you doing, you crazy person, what is the point of this?"
Then I rode him a bit with just the halter and lead rope. I trotted for a second, but then noticed a weird noise and figured he got a rock in his shoe when I was leading him around before, so I stopped that. Ugh, trainer has NO hoof pics!!! I have to remember to bring mine tomorrow.
Then I went and cleaned up the fairgrounds for the fair. I pretty much just watched and then ate pizza, lol.