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post #41 of 65 Old 06-30-2012, 11:26 PM
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He IS, lot of power in his hind. He'd be an amazing Cross Country jumper. Maybe one day if he feels up to it. He's the biggest horse I've ridden lol. I need to ride some bigger horses so he feels tinsy again hehe. Idk I've gotten so used to him.. doesn't seem big to me. All the horses just seem really small !!!

Oh I see, well I'm glad it was sorted out :) And it's all good.. I didn't find you too whiney. I think I understand better why you were bugged about the shorter barrels.
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post #42 of 65 Old 07-02-2012, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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I woke up today at 11:30, so I am most definitely happy that it was a one night deal, at least for now.

I did nothing until 12 o'clock when my dad took me to water and see Moonie, then drop me off at my mom's. I let her graze while I cleaned her stall, then lunged her, and groomed. After doing all of that, the only time I needed to use her halter was to tie her up to groom her. The rest of the time she followed me around without being asked. The more time I spend with this mare, the more I feel I trust her with my life. She is an amazing animal, trusting ME so much after only two months.

When I got to my mom's, we were completely fine, which was a huge relief. I had dinner with my grandparents, mom and step-dad, which was super cool. My grandparents had my brother over-night last night and went to the beach today, and stayed for dinner. After dinner I cleaned up my bathroom and room. That was something that definitely needed to be done!

I started a real life journal that I do at night for the stuff that I need to do the next day, since if I have nothing set out to do something, I do nothing all day. Part of which is not showering or taking my vitamins, which I need desperately or else my hormones get all out of balance and I turn into a witch, or so my mom says

So, that's pretty much my project for a while. I hope it works!
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post #43 of 65 Old 07-02-2012, 03:17 AM
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Yay for you and Moonie gaining trust <3
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post #44 of 65 Old 07-03-2012, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, jeeze. Well, overall, last night was an average lesson, that was quite productive. Most average lessons are for me, haha. My mom was backseat training, which she's never done before. My instructor got pretty put off.

Long story short of my night, we spent the night at my mom's friend's house. I then worked there today and made $20, so I know have $70 saved for my new boots/State/stable sheet fund! Yay! Right now, I'm exhausted. Hope every one had a more normal Monday then I did. . :P

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How awesome about making $20 but I bet you definitely are tired. I wonder why your mom was doing that... lol

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post #46 of 65 Old 07-04-2012, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Happy Fourth everyone! I'm probably going to go swimming at my mom's friend's house for today. . . I think that's it XD

I might be able to see Moonie today, but I'm not sure. If not, then we're going tomorrow. No update on my fantastical life so far Hope everyone has a good holiday!!

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AAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaUUUUUUUUuuuuuGGGGGGGgggggggggHHHHH HHhhhhh!!!!
That was my exasperated virtual scream. Because I am EXASPERATED. Moonie and I just cannot seem to get Poles 1. We just can't figure it out. The best we did was when we just loped it, but when it's an event that you weave ONLY on, I guess that's just something we can do. Wish I'd figure that out before I knocked over so many poles that I have a bruise the size of Jupiter on my left knee. Sigh.

As of tomorrow, only three more weeks 'til we leave for State! I hope it sprinkles it's Stateley magic on me for a fantastical State And then I have a one-day show on Sunday. And lessons on Friday. I hope we start to get this all sorted out soon. . .

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Ahh, why was I born of this generation that makes it so freaking EASY to drag your laptop to bed and do NOTHING all day?! Because other than having an AMAZING lesson, that's just what I did all day! ;)

So, since I've just covered 85% of my day, to my lesson. . . Well, we got to the barn early (for normal people, regular time for us, LOL) I tied up Moonie, cleaned her stall and dawdled a bit for a while, when I noticed she was being quiet and following me with her eyes. In a sweet way, not a 'what form of torture are you performing on me today' way. So I gave her a scratch on her neck and finished grooming her. By then everyone who was going to be in the lesson was there. Moonie was still looking at me like an adoring child's pasture puff pony. So I walked over and pet her on the bridge on her nose and scratched her ears (she LOVES for her ears to be pet and scratched, odd thing she is) Whilst doing this, she stuck her face under my arm, closed her eyes and sighed, giving me her Moonie hug. Immediately I knew that this was going to be a good lesson.

So, after that odd but very much appreciated display of affection, I tacked her up and walked down to the arena. After warming up, my trainer/instructor had us do one set of Quadrangle, which she did very well on, but over all, it was only an average run. I was riding very defensively due to my past two train wreck lessons. I had been anticipating something bad to happen.

After that we did Poles 1. I was waiting for all hell to break out the second I started weaving down the line. My first run (or half run, should I say. Horrible habit of mine, I always stop a run if something goes wrong, unless we're at a show) wasn't bad bad, but my weaving was off because I was still expecting the worst to happen. After that, I adjusted myself, listened to instuctor-ing from my instructor, and tried again. By golly, we got it! The run was great, we didn't hit anything, everything was natural. HALLELUJAH!

Last event of the night was Flags, which we got a 12 on our first time doing it ever. Tonight we did very well, only coming out a bit wide on our last turn because I was afraid of hitting my trainer, which is easy to fix at a show! LOL

So far, Moonie and I have our up and downs, but we're doing so amazingly, I think we might just pull of a miracle State like I did with Rascal :)

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Well, I was supposed to go up to the barn today with my best friend and her little sister to give all our horses baths. But when we got there all the hoses had been turned off (later to find out a pipe broke), so, needless to say, that didn't happen. So we all groomed and I gave Moonie her mash and everything made an OK recovery. I'm really looking forward to the show tomorrow:) Only 19 more days until we leave for State!

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post #50 of 65 Old 07-09-2012, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Oh. My. Gosh. I am so tired it is not even funny. Not. Even. Funny.

The show today was a B average show. Just enough to prove to me that Lord help me my mare is coming into season and that State most likely will not be a total let down.

My events were pretty good, minus Hurry Scurry where Moonie decided to jump to the moon (No pun intended) and back, catch me off guard, and pulverize the pole. Oh well. And enough to show me if I'm going to do a SCHOOLING run on that event than I better be darned sure I won't have to hurry back to the other arena to do the other event, where my beast (Moonie has officially earned a new nickname. I say it affectionately) said, "Hey mom, NO WAY!" and tried to trick me with a fantastic first turn, then tried to go the wrong way for the second one. Oops.

Moonie also was a jack wad in the trailer this morning, kicking my trainer's horse and then kicking my best friend's pony at the end of the show. So as punishment Moonie got isolated from the rest of civilization in the trailer, and was put in the separated part. I love mares, and I generally refer them over geldings (totally biased, no offence gelding lovers!), but my mare proved to me that today, not only people get pissy while on their periods!

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