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    09-25-2009, 05:34 PM
My Horse, My Life, My Passion

I had a GREAT ride on Jolene today. My instructor was very impressed. We were cantering over a small course of jumps and trying to get her to come out on the right lead and do flying lead changes. My instructor said my position was perfect. By the end of the lesson Jolene had improved quite a bit. Jolene has improved so much! We were reminising today about how rushy she used to be, she used to do nothing but caner over trot poles, and today she took off in the perfect spot for very jump. So an amasing day today!
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    09-26-2009, 07:55 PM
Today went pretty well. I used the lawnchairs that are about 2ft today, but made it into an x. I did this because he seemed a bit moody today, and I wanted to introduce the chairs first before trying to get him to jump 2ft (this way when we do 2ft he has no excuse to spook). I don't want to create bad memories for him so I prefer to take it slow. I want to take it slow because he is just learning to jump, and I will only jump him for pleasure so I want it to be pleasure for hi as well. Also the last time I pushed it too much I eneded up on the ground with a seperated shoulder (I was trying to get him to jump barrels, but he wouldnt so I gave up and we were cantering by them and he went bellistic)

On Monday or Tuesday I will try 2ft. Tomorow I think Ill either take him for a hack down the road, or just ride him in the lane way. We did a bit of canter work as well today. Tomorow Im going have to work on walk/trot/canter transitions because he is turning into speedy gunzalas when it comes to cantering.

Anyways, I seem to write alot considering I write like everyday. So gold star if you got through it all!
    09-27-2009, 08:38 PM
I did like absolutly nothing today! It has been absolutly discusting and rainy outside, so no riding today but Im excited to try 2ft with trooper tomorow! Its supposed to rain tomorow afternoon though so hopelfull itll hold off till I ride.

OMG I have to tell you guys about 2 fergus cartoons that are absolutly hilarious!
1) First picture shows angry owner repairing fence, then it shows the horse saying "I break the fence so she can use her new tools and she's STILL not happy!"

2) Shows owner putting cobination lock on gate. Fergus(horse) goes over to a chuby little pony and says "combination lock... now what are we goona do" then the pony says "36, 8, 17"

Anyways I thought these were pretty funny, and just about any horse person can relate to them. I will tell you how tomrow goes if I have tie.
    09-28-2009, 04:14 PM
URRRRR I HATE the rain! It rained like all day today and its STILL raining right now. Its one big mud puddle outside the paddock, even if it wasnt raining I don't think I would be able to ride. Its pouring rain I can't even do my choores! Therse a 90% chance of rain tomorow too

Sorry for the rain rant!
    09-29-2009, 06:46 PM
Its like I live in friggin Seattle, or Vancover! Once again its raining all day. Its only going to be cloudy toorow, not a high chance of rain. So mayby if I pray really hard it wont rain and Ill be able to ride. I swear its like Im not meant to jump 2ft with him! I may not be able to depending on how muddy it is tomorow. Well sorry for borring posts for the past 3 days!
    10-02-2009, 07:09 PM
Sorry I havent updated you guys in the past couple of days. It has been raining so I thought there would be no point.

Today I had a lesson I rode Tallas in my lesson. We only did flat work today, jumping is my favorite part of lessons. I guess Ill have to make up for it with doing lots of jumping with trooper. We didnt do juming partialy because its really muddy outside and my instructor wants me to get a good feeling for Tallas, he has a GINORMUS stride! My RI says next time we might do some bareback work so I can really get the feel for him. Apparently he's realy nice to jump. He isnt a huge jumper or anything but he can do 2ft9 easily.

She took him to a show last weekend and he came in fifth both times, and it was out of 20 horses! The horse who came in first is worth $20 000! So He well exceded her expectations.

So not the greatest lesson, but mayby if I practice the 2point(apparently I wasnt holding on with my legs like I do so well on Joe) with Trooper Ill be able to do jumping next week, than again I may be riding Jolene. I guess I feel like from going ontop of the worl last week with Jolene to feeling like Im not a very good rider. For some reason I expect my self to do everything right the first time!
    10-03-2009, 10:41 PM
WHOOOO!! I got to ride Trooper today! I didnt get to jump 2ft with him though, but that's because when my mom found out that I wanted to use chairs she thought it was dangerous :roll: eventhough my instructor told her it wasnt and that soon Im going to be jumping higher(in my lessons I already am) get used to it (not that bluntly of corse) My mom thought all the rain making me not able to ride was gods way of saying that I shouldnt be jumping him with lawn chairs! LOL! My mom told my dad that she didnt want me to use chairs so today he made me jump standards (Yes! That's totaly worth postponing 2ft!) Now I just have to buy jump cups.

Today we had a really good ride, I took him over the caveleti, and I made what I call a mini oxer (a little over 1ft tall and about 1ft wide). The first time he came out doing an extremely fast canter, but I was able to bring him back easily. After that he was really good! Once again its like he read my mind I decided my goal of the day was to get a calm canter by doing trot/canter transitions and he cantered beautifuly right off the bat!

Tomorow I think Ill take him down the road because I may be taking him on a trail ride next weekend.... but Im not 100% for sure that Im going yet.

Ill try to update you tomorow if I have time!
    10-06-2009, 08:16 PM
Sorry I havent writen in a while. I've been really busy.

Yesterday I tried out my new jumps with Trooper. I tried it at 2ft but he gave a really bad refusal at it, the kind of refusal that you know there not ready to do what yor asking, ones where you know if you keep pushing them the only place youll end up is on the ground. So I put it at the 18" hole, but the pole made it 21". Tomorow I might make an X that is 2ft in the middle because he seems to be more comfortable with crossrails.

Today a friend trailered her horse over to ride with Trooper and I, we are getting ready for a 17km trail ride this Saturday, Im not forsure that Im going yet, it all depends on how he acts on Thursday (were taking him to another friends house who has cows and other scarry things) The ride today didnt start out great he wasnt willing to walk by my friends trailor, and we went behind them on the road and he started rearing, so we tried him in the front, and he was as happy as can be. Apparently he wants to be the leader! We also practised puting on/getting off the trailor, wich went quite well. Overall I think he did well toay, considering he lives a very sheltered life and hasnt been amungst other horses in almost a year!

Well Ill update you tomorow if I have time!

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