Thanks everyone for all your kind comments! It's been crazy here the past few days, my quarter horse, Comet, got bit right on his ribs and it's not looking too good.. poor boy!
Fancy and I have just been going on short bareback rides the last few days. We'll do some ring work, or go out on the trails... she really does everything I ask her and more. Yesterday we galloped up the hill bareback and when I asked her to "whoa", she immediately went back down to a walk and walked back to the ring.
This weekend I'm hoping to go out on another long trail ride with her, and then we will do our tri-lesson like we do on the weekends. First we practice showmanship, then work on our regular three gaits, then we practice barrels. So far we're only at a walk with the barrels, but hopefully we'll be moving up soon! With the way she learns, she'll be running 17s in a month! ;)
Today her new blankets came in! I got her a 420D for the fall, and a 1200 for the winter. We learned three things today: 1. She's perfectly fine getting blankets put over her head and body...
2. She's a size 78.............
And 3. Lime green is NOT! Her color!!!
But, you can't beat a good deal! And won't she be easy to find now! ;)
Hopefully I'll have some more exciting stuff to report tomorrow than I do today!
We practiced the barrels and bending today. At first she seemed very stiff going around the barrel, but after a very short time she was bending great. At the end, just for giggles, I decided to try to lope her through one barrel, like barrel dash. And, SHE TURNED IT PERFECTLY. Right down on her haunches, bent right around, and executed it perfectly. I'm in awe. I guess she really did do barrels at some point. Either that, or we just understand each other way too well! So proud of my little Fancypants!! <3
More exciting news!! Fancy and I will be doing our first show next month on the 13th! We will be competing in showmanship, walk/jog Western Pleasure, and barrel dash at a trot, possibly a lope depending on how far along she is then and how she is at the show. I want to bring her back into the show ring slowly, since she's been out for quite some time, and figured the best way to do it was with slow classes! We're not competing to win, just for experience. Though I have a feeling she will actually do quite well in showmanship!
Also exciting news, I (hopefully, if I stop spending money) will be having a photographer coming out for a private session in a couple weeks when the leaves are changing to take some pictures of Fancy and my quarter horse, Comet. Super excited about that! She might also photograph Fancy at the show for me! Sooo much excitement waaay too early in the morning, it's only 5 30 here. But tomorrow's the weekend, which means lots of saddle time!! :) Posted via Mobile Device
Thanks, Marcie! I definitely did hit the jackpot with this little girl.
Today I did something I have been dreading doing since I got her... I pulled her mane even. As I'm sure some of you have noticed, she has a GORGEOUS mane, except that half of it is really short. The old owner used to pull on her mane to get on, and somehow ripped out all of her mane in that spot while doing it. Soo many people told me just to chop it all off, but I wanted to wait to let it grow back at least a little. So, today seemed like the perfect rainy day to do it and... well... she now has a short mane. Personally, I don't like short manes, but hopefully hers will grow back quickly. :)
Also, this is my first time pulling a mane EVER so I'm pretty happy with the results.
Thanks amp23! After seeing it today I'm starting to like it a little. :) It looks more natural now!
Today we had a great 2 hour ride- we started out with our basic gaits practicing western pleasure. Then we went out on the trails for awhile and enjoyed the amazing weather! Fancy's so calm on the trail, she leads really well, too.
The last thing we worked on was barrels, and for doing it for her second time at a lope, she did it basically perfectly. I'll include some pictures (not the best quality) so you can see how well she turned the barrel. I'm so proud of my girl and am in awe of how quickly she learns! At this rate we'll be able to show full speed barrels by the spring! :)
Been on vacation since Thursday and just saw Fancypants for the first time since Wednesday! She is just one big ball of energy, I'm really starting to think I should lunge her before getting on - to get some energy out of her and save me the arguments! Once she got her energy out a little bit, though, she was really quite good. I've been reading up on some barrel racing articles so I make sure that what I'm teaching her is right, since I've never trained a barrel horse before. We did some bending exercises and she bends really well.
So today I figured I'd dress miss Fancypants up in all my show stuff, to fit it and see how it looks. Why have I not used turquoise on her the entire time?! She looks incredible. Pictures to follow :)