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        02-14-2010, 04:36 PM
      #51
    Weanling
    Shelby you can talk alllll day about dressage with me :) and good for you! That is very exiting!!
         
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        02-14-2010, 04:53 PM
      #52
    Yearling
    Haha, I might just take you up on that offer! :) Thanks!
         
        02-14-2010, 06:20 PM
      #53
    Weanling
    Dressage will do wonders! :)
         
        02-14-2010, 08:14 PM
      #54
    Weanling
    Anytime Shelby!!
         
        02-18-2010, 09:06 PM
      #55
    Yearling
    Dear Journal,
    Well, tonight was fun as usual, though Rainy was a little hyper. I rode during dinnertime, so I was expecting her to be cranky, but she did okay. Worked on counteracting her counterbending, and I've figured out she only does it (as far as I can tell, at least) while we're going counter clockwise. Clockwise seemed okay. Attempted to canter in the clockwise direction, as that's her worse cantering direction. She started out on the wrong lead, did a flying lead change, then continued. Our one problem with getting the right lead is her immediate response is to throw herself into it and push out with her hind legs. It propels her forward and we go really freakin fast. *shakes head*
    But it was fun. And Cara hopped on at the end and walked and trotted for a bit.
    Love,
    Shelby and Rainy
         
        08-02-2010, 10:06 PM
      #56
    Yearling
    Rainy is now 5, and I'm 15. For my birthday, I got a brand spankin' new white show saddle pad [very soft & fluffy, I'm in love with it!] and a new halter/leadrope for shows. The halter is teal, light blue, hot pink, and brown, a weird combination that works quite nicely, actually. The leadrope is brown to match the halter.

    I've been working on getting Rainy to move off my legs, and it's going pretty well. She's much more responsive from her right side, so we're working on getting the left side just as responsive, but that just started, so not much improvement there. We switched her to a D-ring snaffle bit with a copper mouthpiece for dressage, but I've been riding in it every time I go out. Rainy enjoys having the copper mouth, but doesn't enjoy moving into contact with it or setting her head. Unfortunately, my instructor is not currently giving our group lessons [her sister, who teaches the non-show team lessons, is instead], so I don't have the normal help I would when working with a new bit. Hm. What else?

    Oh yes. Cantering. Her transitions to canter are still super sloppy and need a lot more work, but with how awkward Rainy is at a canter, I'm not super comfortable doing loads of canter work- I've actually decided to hold off on cantering until after the August 21st show. Her right lead is improving slightly, [she's picking it up more like 20/80 now then 10/90 like before] but still needs a lot more work. Left lead she has no problem with, and I'm actually surprised at how nice it can be at times. As a whole, though, cantering still needs massive amounts of work before we can show in canter classes. Though kind of disappointing, I'd rather work extra hard, and a little bit longer to get a very nice canter than rush us into a class we're not prepared for.

    Some goals of mine.
    1. Work hard in the snaffle bit, and hopefully be able to ride my huntseat classes in it at the August show. [If this doesn't go as planned, then I definitely expect to be showing in it the 2010 show season]
    2. Start to gain control of Rainy's canter striding [by 2011].
    3. Have firm control of Rainy's striding by the middle of the 2011 show season.
    4. Compete in canter classes and Training level dressage by the end of the 2011 show season.
    5. If all this goes according to plan, begin private jumping lessons in the fall/winter of 2011.
    6. If 1-5 go according to plan, and Rainy and I are prepared, compete in a 1'6 ft. Two fence jumping class at the 3rd or 4th show of the 2012 show season.

    For everyone who knows Rainy & I in real life, let me know if you think these are reasonable, or if you think I'm barking mad. :) Everyone else can comment too, but I think those who really know me will have the best judgement.

    Thanks!
         
        08-02-2010, 10:42 PM
      #57
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by horseluver2435    
    , I'd rather work extra hard, and a little bit longer to get a very nice canter than rush us into a class we're not prepared for.

    Some goals of mine.
    1. Work hard in the snaffle bit, and hopefully be able to ride my huntseat classes in it at the August show. [If this doesn't go as planned, then I definitely expect to be showing in it the 2010 show season]
    2. Start to gain control of Rainy's canter striding [by 2011].
    3. Have firm control of Rainy's striding by the middle of the 2011 show season.
    4. Compete in canter classes and Training level dressage by the end of the 2011 show season.
    5. If all this goes according to plan, begin private jumping lessons in the fall/winter of 2011.
    6. If 1-5 go according to plan, and Rainy and I are prepared, compete in a 1'6 ft. Two fence jumping class at the 3rd or 4th show of the 2012 show season.

    For everyone who knows Rainy & I in real life, let me know if you think these are reasonable, or if you think I'm barking mad. :) Everyone else can comment too, but I think those who really know me will have the best judgement.

    Thanks!
    Just thought i'd pop in :) The not rushing into classes and making her canter nice made me smile. Just that you are going to work hard, it will pay off. And you will be ready by the end of next show season. I can feel it. As for number 6 of your goals. Im sure that would work. Get a good 6 months to a year before going into jumping classes. They are harder than they look ;) Im going to be so frickin tried after CMHA though..sry back to you. Your goals are VERY practical. Remember if you need any help....im always here :) ily! ;)
         
        08-02-2010, 10:56 PM
      #58
    Yearling
    Woot for practical goals! :) Thanks for the advice/ear! I will definitely be going to you a lot once we begin jumping.

    As for things tonight, since I completly left that out-
    Went to the barn around 4 and helped Cara get chores done. That took about an hour, but it was fun, so whatever. :)
    Got Rainy out and groomed and tacked up, etc. Lunged both ways for about 15 minutes, then headed to the outdoor arena [remembering to grab a noseband, since Rainy's quote lesson unquote bridle is a mash up of two bridles] and had a fantastic ride. Her trot was medium pace and consistant, and though her headset wasn't super improved, it was slightly! And she was listening well. We ran through our dressage test [Intro Test A] once, and it was perhaps the best we've done it in a long while. I'm really excited and hopeful for the show!
    Then I had offered to ride my friend's horse while she was on vacation- a big black Tenessee Walking gelding named Zephyr. He's a cutie! But super lazy, understandably so though, as his owner Morgan hasn't been able to ride since June due to a back injury. We did some walking and some gaiting [with me desperately trying to stay in the gaited position and identify what gait we were doing (FAIL)], then he wanted to canter, but I was told not to let him, so we just finished up. I decided to cool off on trails, so I walked through the indoor arena and discovered he hates the gate that leads out to trails. After many attempts, I got him to go through it. I don't know what was making him freak out so badly, but Morgan said he just does that, so I guess it was good to make him go through it. Anyway, I hosed him off after since he was all sweaty from going through the gate, and realized I had been at the barn for 3 hours.

    Ah well.
         
        08-04-2010, 05:06 PM
      #59
    Yearling
    Our lesson today was HOT. Well, more humid than hot, but you get the idea. It went okay. Still not getting quite the headset I'd like, so I'm looking into a martingale. Found one that I like on ebay for $40, but we'll see. Rainy was also counterbending really badly during the lesson, which annoyed me because Monday she was straight nearly the entire time. So that drove me nuts. Afterwards we did a little bareback work, cantered bareback for a wall, which was interesting. ;)
    Then we switched and rode a different horse bareback, so I was on Apachie, a 13.2 hh Hackney Pony cross. He's so little! And cute! Anyway, his trot is fantastic to sit, it was great! Juliyana rode Rainy, and she looked a little nervous, but she did fine. :) Our instructor [as previously stated] is pregnant, so her sister Sarah [the other instructor] was teaching and her daughter was riding with us. I think her daughter is... actually, I don't know her age. She's younger than all of us, though. So younger than... 13. But older than like 8. That's a terrible estimate. Anyway, she was riding with us, and while she's been riding since she was tiny, she's still a little unstable and needs to be with her school [almost]pony longer before she takes on a real challenge. Does that make sense?
    But my point was, I was a little scared that she would ask to ride Rainy when we were about to switch. Her mom and I talk a lot, and I know she's asked to ride Rainy in lessons before and hasn't been allowed to, which I wholeheartedly agree with. I know she wouldn't have been able to ride her, with her mom as instructor, but I was nervous that she would ask. So I was very relieved when Juliyana offered to ride Rainy. She can handle her. :)

    ^ That probably didn't make sense.
    To sum up, I didn't want the younger girl to ask & be told no, she couldn't ride Rainy.

    I'm going to stop typing now.
    <3 Rainy & Shelby <3
         
        08-04-2010, 05:43 PM
      #60
    Weanling
    Ahh. It was a good ride on rainy though. I agree that izzy couldnt handle her. Very different than poco/sonny. I was a tad nervous riding her bareback, yet it ended in sweet success! Muhahah. :) But, she was counterbending? Huh didnt really notice, then again I was a wee bit focused on my poneh! :) But you could just use the martingale at the barn ya know ;)
         

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