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        07-10-2012, 01:31 AM
      #51
    Weanling
    Instead of lessons tonight, we went on a trail ride. Moonie was a little angel, and acted like she's been doing this her whole life. Pretty uneventful, but nice :)

    I'll add some pics of the show yesterday.

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        07-15-2012, 12:52 AM
      #52
    Weanling
    Oh man.. Haven't been on HF in a while. Going to get back into it, I've just been doing actual stuff now

    Well, nothing very out of the ordinary has happened at lessons, we're still fixing the little stuff.. And not so little stuff. But all in all, lessons have just been lessons.

    Two days ago a close friend of the family, of mine, and Moonie's previous owner invited to trailer Moonie up to a show today (my trainer wasn't going and we don't have a trailer), and we went. I only got two AAA times, because Moonie DQ'd Speed Ball and Flags, and knocked over a jump in Scurry and hit a pole in Poles. But all in all, it was SUCH a productive show. At lessons last night, my trainer mentioned that I probably need to use spurs on my beast (I say that affectionately.. But she is one! ) because the Reiner and cow blood in her gets her up close to the barrels and poles and I can't push her off by myself. Well, her previous owner just noticed today that I don't use spurs, and let me borrow hers to see how she did. The change was amazing. So, I'm going to try it on lessons Monday.

    13 days til State!
         
        07-24-2012, 03:16 PM
      #53
    Weanling
    Ugh, I need to post more often. I've been either super busy or just not using my laptop, and if I've ever come on, it's jut to check up on things :) Well, it's been a little over a week since the last time I posted, so let's see if I can catch everyone up.

    Well, since about a little bit before the show that I went to almost two Saturday's ago, Moonie and I have been trying harder to fall into the AAA bracket, pushing harder, trying harder. I know I should have foreseen this coming, seeing as it's happened before with Rascal. After we won at State last year, we bumped up to AAA+, which is a darn near impossible division, especially for a 12 year old. Well, I got stressed and when I stress, stuff goes wrong.

    So, after I talked to my mom, and sorted out that this isn't going to be my last State on Moonie, but the first of multiple, and that we've only known each other for three months. I adjusted my mindset so that I had the same fire in me to do really well, but not the desperation, if that makes any sense. And it seemed to work. Last night was probably the best lesson I've ever had on her.Our turns are PHENOMENAL. Really, if I just pull my leg in, we're so close, but get out of it so fast.

    Moonie and I have gotten so close, it's just so mind-boggling that only four months ago, I was thinking about quitting horses forever. And then told I can get my own, and now how far we've come. She walks up to me when she sees me and is never farther than a few feet, even when she's not tied up in her stall. It just brings me back to thinking that I'm blessed to have been growing such a close relationship with this horse that I get to spend so much more time with :)

    Only 3 more days til State!!
         
        07-26-2012, 01:19 AM
      #54
    Weanling
    Okay, so my trainer had improvised lessons tonight on super short notice, and my mom worked, but I WOULD have been able to make it if I didn't have a hair appointment. I don't mind too much, but my trainer was a bit put off that we couldn't make it, even though my mom had told him as soon as she knew. Oh well, I am going to go see Moonie tomorrow morning and give her a bath and stuff. I am still SO excited for State! 2 days!
         
        07-26-2012, 08:14 PM
      #55
    Weanling
    Today I actually woke up before 11 o'clock. *pats self on back* I set my alarm clack for 8, but that didn't happen for some reason, but my body was very weird and decided to magically wake up 4 hours before the time that I've been used to. I find it exceedingly odd, but I'm not complaining. It was nice to be up early.

    So, since today is the last day before we leave for State (I'm still pretty much ridiculously excited), everyone was supposed to be giving their horses baths, etc. So, we left early to avoid the turmoil of people giving baths. Nope. The place was DESERTED, minus my friend and her mom cleaning stalls. I had been dropped off, gave Moonie a bath (she hates them, so they're never really pleasant), and cleaned her stall. The whole thing took 2 hours, and I got back home and cleaned all my tack, minus my saddle pad.

    Well, long story short about my saddle pad, it's four years old. And it's still in good condition and all, but seeing as it's a bit old, and my saddle probably weighs more than most medium sized dogs, it rubs against Moonie's withers and gives her itty bitty little scabs. So, today I got my first new saddle pad in FOREVER! I love it, it is so pretty, and I think it's amazing quality and everything. Here's what it looks like:
    Professionals Choice OrthoSport CJ Electra Pad - Statelinetack.com

    But my trainer put ointment on her withers, and she is all clean. And we're ready for State! 1 night to go!
         
        07-28-2012, 01:30 AM
      #56
    Weanling
    CGA State Championship Day 1

    We're here! We left at 8 o'clock AM this morning and got here at 2:30 PM. I checked on Moonie, and we settled in to our hotel, and then went back for the mandatory "rider's meeting" at 6.

    The only thing that was eventful that happened, happeneed to be very eventful. There is always at least one horse chiropractor at State. Well, this year was the first year that mom decided to check it out. After watching it, she wanted to just get Moonie checked out, hoping that he said that she was totally normal. Well, that didn't happen. She had 5 vertebra out, 2 on the left and 3 on the right. He said that this is why that she has a hard time flexing to both sides, because it hurts her, and he also said one other thing. He said that the two vertebra closest to her withers were out, causing her to be COMPLETELY NUMB in her front right leg. I had such a hard time accepting this; I felt HORRIBLE I've been making her do patterns like that. It totally explains why she bogs down before turn and doesn't tuck in at stops. He also said that her back stifles were a bit tight, so we put a bit of Absorbine on them. Throughout the experience, she was pretty good, especially considering that she had never been adjusted before. So, I'm pretty excited to see how she does tomorrow for set ups. Hope everyone had a good start to the weekend!
         
        07-28-2012, 10:50 AM
      #57
    Foal
    Ouch! I hope Moonie gets better! It took several months to convince my parents that Chippy needed a chiropractor (that I would pay for). Once the guy finally came he said Chippy had such a tense poll that he couldn't even tuck his nose a tiny bit on the ground, and that an old injury most likely left Chippy with permanent stifle problems and numbness. The poll thing is due to conformation and the stifle can't be fixed, so that was a bit frustrating. It's great that Moonie will most likely recover quickly with the adjustments.
         
        07-28-2012, 11:01 AM
      #58
    Weanling
    Thanks! And yes, she's completely fine now. I just have to work a bit to keep her stifles loose and do 'cookie stretches' every time before I ride her But she was a good girl, and she should be fine now. And poor Chippy! That sounds awful. Poor guy's had it a bit rough, hasn't he? :(
         
        07-28-2012, 07:15 PM
      #59
    Foal
    Oh, yes he certainly doesn't have the best luck. The combination of him being not the smartest and being abused (by his last owners a bit and most likely before that) has left him with quite a few injuries. My current barn is practically injury proof... but Chippy seems to disagree. ;)
         
        08-06-2012, 08:36 PM
      #60
    Weanling
    Wow, I haven't posted here in a while because after the first day of State, everything got very hectic. Bed at 11, up at 6, there all day, repeat. It was very exhausting. But all in all, we did SO well there, and ended up in second place in my division, among 13 other riders. I am SO proud of us, especially when we had such a short amount of time to catch up to everyone, since we got her right at the end of the season.

    But I am so excited that we are still figuring each other out and are finding ways to make our riding so much better. While I am sad that this season is over, and I hardly got to participate in any of it, I'm looking forward to being able to be apart of a whole season starting around September/October, and that we have three more months left to grow together, and so much more, even after that.

    I made a short little video of me riding Moonie. I think it turned out really well, but fair warning, the music is a little abrupt and a bit loud, so check your volume. I just chose the song because it's pretty much how I feel when I am running :)

    Moonie & Me-Right On Time - YouTube
         

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