LOL, I'mm starting to realize that I post here a lot, but then again, it's the closest thing to a diary I have. It's nice to have it :) Anywho, my stepdad and brother had gone to go play baseball this afternoon, and my mom, sistr, and I had nothing to do. So we went up to the ranch (Again, LOL) so I could ride for a little bit. Moonie did great, no problems. But what happened that made me feel like I need to make a big deal out if it (If posting it on a forum for horse crazy people is making a big deal, haha) is that this is only third time I've ridden her by myself. Second, if you don't count our 'test ride' before we bought her. But, when I got on it was that feeling you get of pure happiness. I hand galloped her on the stretch of our arena, and it was like I was flying. It just made me feel so happy that this amazing animal can make me feel this way, and that I'm going to be able to spend so much time with her :) That was my stroke of inspiration for the week, haha.
Well, I had no computer on Monday and was super busy yesterday so I didn't have time to update :) Moonie and I did barrels once on Monday, and she totally did awesome. We were starting to have problems turning from one pole/barrel to the next, because she'd turn, but then kind of drift out. This was losing us time, but I found if I hold on to the bit a little after the turn, she'll shoot straight. We also did Quadrangle and Poles.
Poles was good, it's turning out to be our best event because of her amazing ability to weave while going straight, LOL. Only problem was while we were going in for our last turn she sort of ducked out. Didn't have time to fix it, but I think it was just because I had asked her to keep on weaving on accident.
Quad we did twice, and the first time was flawless. Her 1 to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4 to home were all straight, and her turns were super tight. Second run was still good, but she sort of dove in to the 'timer poles' (Not really timers, just telling us where we need to go through), like she was supposed to turn THEM. That's also something that we can fix quickly. My mom also video taped some points of the lesson, so I might post that later on, as well :)
Eeek, I'm falling behind on my journal Well, since the 6th I've gone to ride by myself once, and had one lesson. I fixed my problems that I was having with poles, which got worse before it got better.. :/ But it was eventually fixed and I'm just glad that it did, haha. My lesson went well. I'm still figuring out which way to go on which events, and it doesn't help that I'm not always agreeing with my trainer. But when I go the way I'm most comfortable with everything usually goes really well. For example, when Moonie and I were doing speed barrels (Three barrels lined up in a row, kind of like poles) I turned right, and the turn was really good and she didn't stall before or after the turn. He then tod me to try it left, and we blew through the back of the turn. Anyway, I think we're figuring it all out and we're still making tons of progress :)
Had a super brief visit with le Moonie today:) Pretty just got to say hi and give her treats and loves. Step-mom might come to lessons tomorrow! First time in a while (She has bizarre work schedules), so I'm so excited! Updates to come tomorrow!
Okay, so here is my philosophy. This journal has had (at the moment) just over 500 views. I know that there are quite a few barrel racers on this forum, and a few gymkhana-goers. It would be absolutely fantastic if someone could give me an imput about this? Moonie has been ridden on these courses before, has gone and done AA times before, and now here we are. Running AAA times. . . At shows. Tonight, she had completely her own mind of how SHE wanted things done. I honestly believe she thinks she's a pony. She takes things SO close, it's darn near impossible to NOT hit them. Not only that, but before a run in our itty bitty arena, my trainer has been making me STOP before a course, and stand there. On a hot horse, as many barrel racers/gymkhana people might know, this is not only time consuming, but ridiculously hard, and honestly doesn't do a darn thing. Accept for maybe make her even more hot. My friend (who was there tonight) suggested shortening my reins, which I haven't changed since I rode my (not really mine) miracle mare who won AAA 16 and Under division 2011 (Sorry, had to brag about her. Mare was AMAZING) who had a giraffe neck. I appologize, this has been sort of a rant, but would love to have an imput. Just let me know as a reply if I forgot any details, I'll add them. My thoughts just kinda spilled on to my keyboard. . . Haha. Oh, and one more thing. . . I am not mad at her at all. Only frustrated with the lack of communication between us. Thanks again
Oh, thank God. Let me just start by saying that: Thank God. A little info about the whole going through buying a horse process with me, first, though: I had ridden for four years with my same trainer, bouncing around on horses. I got attatched and did well and got upset when they had to be sold or bred. Three or so months ago, I got put on this little devil pony, and I realized. . . I wasn't having fun anymore. I hated being tossed around on horses, doing great on some, horrid on others, and I told my mom straight out, I didn't want to ride anymore. She was suprised, to say at the least, and over the course of the next month I finally told her the real reason why. She and I (and the reast of the family) decided that maybe it was time to buy me my first horse. And the horse hunting began.
Craigslist, EquineNow, Dreamhorse, Horsetrader, Craigslist and back again. Narrowed it down to two mares, both sorrels under 10 years old in the area. Neither really worked out, but I liked one. Then that same night we got a call from my trainer asking me about whether or not I was interested in Moonie. I was familiar with her, seeing as my firend competed and owned her. I said yes.
Well, we did the test ride, which worked out well, and decided to do the show that was literally one day away. So we went to the show, and the last day (it was a two day show) she got really gate sour, eventually not even running when we got in the gate. So, that was how that went, but the first day went GREAT. I decided that night I still wanted her (I like a challenge) and we gave the owners the check. Needless to say, I cried.
So here we are, a month and a half later. I know people who have horses they can't stand, and I did NOT, repeat, NOT want to be one of those people. So I have to admit, starting fresh on a horse I barely knew was pretty scary, especially when we started having our, erm, "issues". So today, I shortened my reins, because, well, I don't know if I mentioned this here before or not (short term memory loss, haha), but the absolutely amazing mare that I love to death (this is how I know it is possible to have more than one heart horse) who had leg problems, who got bred, also had an super long neck. I also stopped trying to STOP her before we run, and just let her send naturally. Problems, all gone. So I am so beyond happy :)
I also forgot to mention I have a one day show on Sunday. So I'll definetly be giving updates on Sunday night :) Oh, and sorry for the extremely long post, haha. Congrats to all who survived it!
Today was a pretty ever-so-slightly above average show. We knocked some stuff over, but I'm not pegging that on either of us. Miscommunication, I guess. I got a 19.8 on the long course for barrels, which (my bestest guess, haha) averages out to maybe 16-15 seconds on the shorter course. Very happy :) Got a 14.2 on birangle, which was VERY impressive. So, I'm pretty happy. Gave today a B- grade. Oh, one of my good friends got heat stroke while working in an event, and I helped her out. Really scary. She's better now, though. All in all, today was a good day. I'm already qualified for AA, but am only five or so AAA runs from being qualified AAA!! I still need to take a shower, and it's already 9:45 PM here -_-' Sooo tired, I don't want to fall asleap in there! I'll attatch some pics of her bath on Saturday, tried uploading them then, but it didn't work. Also, there are no lessons tomorrow :( Possible trail ride on Wednesday day, though! Something to look forward to this week :) Pic #1 is soap graffitii on her side, haha. And #2 is her giving me the evil eye 'cause she HATES baths!
Today I went and did the works: Dumped water, did her stall, groomed and lunged. She has a pretty distinct dislike of lungeing, though, so that was a bit of a bummer. Everything went pretty well, though. I'm super close to qualifying for AAA, and since I only have one for more show in my home district before State, this Saturday I might go to a show for another district :) The whole thing is kinda complicated, but you can belong to more than one district at a time. Also, there were some complications about the 'trail ride' today. I'll tell all when it all blows over :/