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post #1 of 3 Old 07-16-2013, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Oliver's Summer 2013 Training

I am so bad at starting and leaving journal threads because I get wrapped up in the one great ride and MUST post about THAT one ride ASAP!

I will do my very best to keep this my active thread for most of the summer!

So far we are about half way done with our summer....whoops!

So far this season we have:

* Entered and competed in two local schooling shows and placed better then I would ever hope for the first show outings and couldn't be happier!!

* Attended two clinics, one with Charlie Pinnio from California (2day) and a one day out to Lake Bay to see our favorite Beth Both clinics gave us a lot to work on and pushed us to really ride like we mean it and hold Ollie responsible for doing most of the work not me nagging him to do so.

* Recenetly this week we went on our very first long 2 hour road ride and did fabulous! No naughty baby behavior or spooking of any sort.

* We have found both our working trot and warm up trot and have goten to where Ollie is doing al the work form behind in our working trot to lift up his front end and go forward into the contact and I can work on what my body is doing while he goes and does his job.

* We recently just purchased our very own dressage saddle, a older but not to old Keifer Wein and couldn't be more pleased with how it is working out for us at the screaming deal of $495!!!

* Our canter had really come along but still need to work on the transitions and getting him to sit into them with no tension through the poll to shoulders.

* We just started 1st level work after our training level work warm up in our rides and so we are incorporating 10 meters, leg yields, 15 meters, and cleaning up the rest of the work!

For the rest of this summer, till about the end of September we will have the best riding weather, the last 18 days here have been rain free but muggy, or hot, or DRY or HOT AND DRY!!

August 28-29th Charlie Clinic

September (DTBA) last local on island schooling show

One last summer visit to Beth's out in Lake Bay

One of my big hopes is to get the job I interviewed for and be bale to pay for outside local lessons 2-3 times a month to start my jumping work again and more work on my flat work.

So for our daily work out currently we are riding 40minutes to an hour long. Working transitions, bending lines and very correct straight diagonals at walk and trot. Asking for much more sitting power in the hind end and lifting his shoulder up into the transitions. Really demanding the square halts. Working shoulder fore and baby leg yields into our canter transitions. Running through parts of both training tests and 1st level tests to smooth things out and up the anti in our work to better prepare for this winters off island local schooling shows where we will be riding two tests in one day shows at training level until my scores show I am ready to move up.

Our hopes are that I get this job and can put money away for our first E.I Show season of 2-4 shows

Here are some current photos of him so that in hopes I keep this journal going I can reference before and after photos and hopefully video as well!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read and fallow us!!

First three photos are from July 13th 2013 and will be where we start with picture wise!
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-18-2013, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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7/16/13 Lesson

Well I am late updating this for the very first entry, shame on me!!
I have been helping my best friend out because about 5 days ago both cars died, one being over 200 miles away from home with her husband and 36 bales of hay he was bringing home.

So the other day I had a great semi coaching session with my trainer. We rode the young ones together, they love to work together!

We played falow the leader with head to wall leg yields and the same leg yields work we did in our lesson before when we very first started him with leg yields. He was good and it really helped our trot.

We did A LOT of spiraling in and out for our canter transition and boy having that outside shoulder nice and straight from your inside leg makes all the difference, that feeling is truly awesome compared to what we are used to going around like.

I took yesterday off due to my back being all out of whack and think I have another pinched nerve So I took tramadol last night and somehow didn't sleep last night, when I did I would wake up in fetal position and in so much pain, so frustrating. I am now finally in less pain but feel really loopy so my lesson in two hours should be rather....entertaining and I hope I don't get sick lol

I really think its my body adjusting to this new wonderful saddle, I am no longer swimming and more confined inthe correct posotion all of a sudden and with us just recently with getting the saddle adding in harder work so my body is work much harder...thus why the stiff and sore and pinched nerve. I know stretching lightly and drink a lot of water before I ride will really help and riding its self will help too.

I will report back in after today lesson!!!
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7/30/13 Two rides after a week and half off :/

Well I will keep it short and simple as I still need to shower and feed myself a late dinner before bed and another busy horsey day!

Last night and tonight I had productive forward rides.
Last nights ride was just a hack, get him out and ridden, all three gaits and he was a good boy. didnt give me any trouble.

Tonight he was SPICY! HOT BOY! hehe
I needed this, got my mind working, like last night he thought he would try to sucker me into using that inside rein but he didn't get to me. Instead he got the inside leg and steady.....very steady outside rein and leg!

I was able to work on my scary mental bit for myself and when he started getting spicy so to speak I just really pushed him off my leg and into my outside rein....hmmmm something to that method...why is it just now really setting in for me and him haha

I was so happy, was able to work twice both ways on our canter with leg yeilds nad trot work in between and then encouraged a stretchy trot while keeping his shoulders up....YAY baby O

So that was tonight, I have just felt to emotional up until last night to really work him, he is young and sensitive and I felt it would only lead to a fight and no good work. I am glad I waited and know my limits for both my horse's safety and my own.

Tomorrow we have a lesson and then Thursday I will be hacking him out on the road I think since he will have Friday off since that is when my fathers funeral is. Depending on how I am feeling saturday I may or may not work him.

So happy with him! I needed to get back in the saddle. Best therapy there truly is!
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