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    03-15-2011, 11:32 AM
My days with Candy and Vrisk

I thought it would be interesting to write what I'm doing with my two angels, so here I am. I'm also looking forward when I'll be reading the post from the begging in like 3 months from now Look what I couldn't do then! Hahaha
Well to introduce myself: I'm 17yo girl, working with horses for 8 years now. 8 years ago I finally convinced my mom to let me to riding school, and I spent two days a week there, for five years. Then my biggest wish came true. I got Candilla (called Candy for short), my holsteiner mare, today almost 14 years old. For half a year I had her in my friends stable, after that she came to new build little stable 70feet away from my home She was lonely, my mom didn't allow to buy another horse and Candy eventually became friend with my dog Skip (german shepard). They were always together, even at night, he was sleeping in the next "room". Skip was quite old and he began to have problems with walking. Then I succeded to convince mom in buying a pony for Candy. We got Vrisk (in english that would mean something like squeal), my rescued pony. Dirty, bad behaviour, laminits, uncut hoofs... He's pretty okay today. About 6-8yo, one of his eye (the right one) is half blue
So now I'm on my own for 3 years. The worst problem I have is no trainer Noone is watching me and my riding became quite awful. I'm surviving my horses with scholarship, so I have no money to get someone to train me. My parents are doing a back up, if there comes a huge vet bill, but nothing more. I decided to start training myself, since I knew things, but I just stopped using them I'll see how it'll go. This journal will help me see what I should do and if I'm progresing at all.

14.3.2011 (yesterday): rode Candy for a bit less then an hour. We did a quick trail in walk to warm up, then go back home to trot and canter. My legs are awful, I'm not holding with them and they go way too forward. My heel comes up time to time. My posture (right word?) is like I would be sitting beside the computer. My hands are too low, and they don't really hold the reins. And a bunch of other mistakes I didn't really notice.

That comes up when you ride for 3 years just on trails (well okay, once a month I did some riding in arena, but wasn't careful to ride corectly).

Played with Vrisk, he is quite good, backing up, moving his hind... Lunging tomorrow(for the third time)!
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    03-16-2011, 10:55 AM
15.3.2011 (yesterday): Rode Candy. I tried to ride as well as I could. My muscels are killing me today There is a lot of work to do.
Vriski was lunged. In the beggining he decided to be good. It lasted for two minutes, though. Then he started to protest, didn't want to walk anymore, he was turning in my direction, etc. When we came to the trot: disaster! Backing up, rearing, doing that mad grimaces... But I won. Our fight lasted at least five minutes (constantly rearing, standing up on his hind legs), after that he decided to stop suddenly. He started troting in the right direction, without stoping. I called him after few circels, turned him around, again no problems to trot. The most interesting thing is that when he is protesting the most, being sooo mad, if I stop (I had to, because the lunge got between his legs and I had to fix it), he is angel in the moment, looking what I want, if he should give me his hoof or back up. No bitting (also something new in last month)
Candy and Parelli 7 games: finally understands that a rope won't bite her (she isn't afraid of it, she doesn't care if I'm throwing it on her, but if I smack the rope loudly on the floor, Candy panicks.) Well she stopped panicking yesterday and I was doing it for so long she didn't even move an ear. Also succeeded to touch her udder, without her tensing.

It's raining today I hope it'll stop, so I can spend the rest of the day with them, not just half an hour.
    03-18-2011, 02:13 PM
16.3.2011: it stopped raining, but it was veeeeery windy, so no riding. I lunged Vrisk for 5 minutes and he was super good
Candy let me to put my hand on her udder and stay. Really big progress! Also good with rope.
    03-20-2011, 03:51 PM
17.3.2011: I rode Candy, trying to do my best. My legs hurt me later :P I really don't remember much, since it was 3 days ago... I lunged Vrisk, he was good, but once he just pulled me away. He is such a bull sometimes, 100times stronger than Candy, although she is holsteiner and he a pony :P

18.3.2011: My cousin Laura came, she rode, and in the middle I rode for 10 minutes, just to make sure Candy will be good in trot (Laura fell of 3 years ago, broke her arm and she had to go to operation, so her mom didn't let her ride till now.) Well in the end Laura was riding bareback, just walking and I lead her. Candy was lazy then, and there were some people walking 100meters away and she didn't stop watching them. When I turn her in the other direction, she turned really quickly, so she wouldn't miss one look at those people and Laura fell off. Again. She really doesn't have luck, and she is way too brave... Lunged Vriski, went good

19.3.2011: I lunged Vrisk again, but I guess I overdid it. He's not used to work, and he must be tired. He was lazy, moving sloowly and stoping every few steps when troting. I whipped him once, he was better for some time then, but he went in the same mood in few minutes. Played with Candy and it seems she is good with me touching her udder now. Also with rope playing. I started with a whip now. She isn't afraid when I'm touching her with it, but if I'm making sounds with whip she is terrified :P

20.3.2011: Laura and Marcel (sort of her brother) rode in walk, then I rode. My riding is improved by 0,000001% :P At least my legs don't hurt so much. But they do, anyway xD
    03-20-2011, 04:40 PM
Good luck! I am in the process of training my mare too!
    03-21-2011, 03:48 PM
Thanks Tenille! Good luck to you too!

21.3.2011: I rode Candy (50minutes), we went for a 10 minutes walk, then came back home and ride in orchard. I'm automatic now in saying "heels down" to myself, I just need to do it subconcious. I know once, few years ago, it was automatic. When I sat on the horse my heels were down and it stayed like that for the whole hour.
I didn't do anything with Vrisk, because I was out of time. :S
    03-22-2011, 02:56 PM
22.3.2011: Didn't do anything but dewormed them :( **** History test tomorrow :S
    03-23-2011, 04:31 PM
23.3.2011: Lunged Vrisk. He was giving me a hard time in one direction (in the one that is usually perfect, because I'm holding the whip in my right hand, then). When we were troting, he stopped in the same place every single circle. :S He stops that way that he is facing me. So first few times I went to him and give him a push. That is probably why he continued doing it. He realized I need time to get to him, and then he goes walking, and only then troting. And then we're at the same place in circle, so he can stop again. I whiped him. It didn't help. Next circle again, the same story. I hit him again. It helped for some time, then he stopped again. What am I doing wrong? I hit him again... :( I don't feel good, hitting him everytime. But he just doesn't listen. Please if anyone's reading this, tell me what I'm doing wrong. I ended lunging when he finally trotted without stopping on that place.

I rode Candy today, in the orchard. I think my riding is getting better. I managed to get my heel in the right position for the whole hour. When I was cantering my right leg went way to forward. Like in old times :P I always needed to work a lot on my leg that keeps going forward. But if I managed it once, I'll do it now too. Just exercise... I was "sit troting" today, without stirrups. Yeah, you're right, my legs hurt :P I should do more without stirrups, it will improve my leg muscles. In the end we went to 15 minutes "trail" in the forest. Candy was tired, I think she couldn't move more slowly, because she would stop that way :P But I had to cool her down.
I keep reminding myself that I have to keep my hands higher. But I don't see point in that. What's the difference if I keep my hands low (touching the saddle) or high? Oh, and I tried to do the turn around your front legs. It was a disaster. I couldn't remember how I should tell her what to do. Have to check it in the book.
Candy is such a golden girl
    03-25-2011, 01:29 PM
24.3.2011: I decided to ride in orchard (this is my round pen :( Maybe I'll have a real one once), but then my muscles hurt (we worked way too much at the gym in school (and yeah I know, I don't have physical condition)) so I decided to go to trail. We went in the forest. And yeah, we met some motorcycles, but it was neighbour's boy, so he is used to drive near the horse (he knows he must slow down a bit, not to drive 100miles an hour beside me, like some jerks do...). In the forest Candy was good at first. When we were going further, she was starting to be a little nervous, walking really quickly, but I let her, because if I start to slow her, she gets even more nervous. And she still obeys perfectly if she is doing the nervous quick walk. So I was just leaning on her neck, to go under the branch, and Candy saw some...
Three deers were running in the forest, definitely trying to eat my horse!
Of course Candy run away :P I don't know who was more frightened-Candy or deers. Well I managed to get my balance, which was hard to do, because I was literally lying on my horse when she scared. She made the 180degrees turn and canter away. But she stoped quickly, when I ohoooo her. Thank god it's not necessary to use reins so much on her, like some other horses need to stop. But she was so nervous after that (I made her turn in the direction that deers came from), that I didn't dare to go to the exit I first wanted to (there are 2 main exits from that forest. Well the one that is down, me and my exfriend always cantered through. So Candy always wants to canter there (but I'm afraid of that exit) and I wanted to try that one this day, but didn't do it. We canter on some hills and she was super good.
Lunged Vriski. We again had problems with troting in one way (the same as always) but he stopped resisting sooner today. I'm happy with him too.

Noooothing... It windy, so no trails (wind scares my horse, my horse scares me, I scare my horse and I'm on the ground) and my muscles still hurt (even more today, had gym class again) so no orchard (roundpen) riding. I think Vrisk will have a day off too.
    03-25-2011, 03:55 PM
I forgot!
I did friendly game for both days 24. And 25. Candy is funny. She protests when I touch her udder (cow kick) and I don't back up and she stands still then. But tense, still... I started to do desentizing with the lunge whip (she is absolutely terrified of it). First day she moved away and then I ohoo and she stopped and came back to me. I didn't do much for the first day, just to show her it won't eat her. The second day she moved away again and I ohoo again, she came to me and then I touched her gently with it and sing to her, so she knows I'm not angry and I won't hit her and that I don't want her to go away. She put her head on my shoulder and she stayed calm. Tense, but she didn't move. She always puts her head on me when something unpleasant is happening. She doesn't like bit and always when I came in her stable with a bridle she comes and puts her head on me, sometimes scratching my shoulders. Guess she knows I stop doing what I'm doing for a little bit, if she does that.

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