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        07-21-2011, 09:48 PM
      #11
    Showing
    I feel you on the heat! I've been at fair shows with students all week and today we hit 102 actual...miserable though I'm certain I've melted away a few extra pounds! I've been doing my barn work & lessons after dark.

    Cute girl, good luck with her sexification!
         
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        07-21-2011, 10:48 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    It's not even the HEAT so much around here, it's the humidity. It feels like you're suffocating the minute you step outside, and the air pressure just gives me a headache. But I suppose it's just something you've gotta live with. It's always either too hot or too cold, too dry or too rainy.

    And thanks
         
        07-23-2011, 10:53 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    God, this hasn't been a very interesting journal so far, has it? The heat wave FINALLY broke yesterday, and I was planning to take her out for a good long ride, maybe back to the gravel pit (steep, rocky hills and lots of exercise ), but then my cousin called and wanted me to go over. I always feel so terrible leaving the horses, but you have to admit that I almost never go out as it is. I am ALWAYS at home with my horses, or always talking about horses, or always at horse-related events. Getting out with non-equine people, and doing non-equine things is probably good for me once in a while. Anyways, I have a lesson on Dee today but I'll be back tomorrow with more pictures and a (hopefully interesting) update.
         
        07-23-2011, 11:40 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Totally unrelated, well, sort of, but if you will double (or at least really increase) your water intake on those hot days, most of those heat headaches will go away. The headache is actually a sign that you are starting to get dehydrated, and the best thing for that is water and lots of it.

    But I feel you on the needing motivation. This heat wave has just been sapping the energy out of everyone.
         
        07-23-2011, 03:21 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by apachiedragon    
    Totally unrelated, well, sort of, but if you will double (or at least really increase) your water intake on those hot days, most of those heat headaches will go away. The headache is actually a sign that you are starting to get dehydrated, and the best thing for that is water and lots of it.
    Thanks, I never knew this. I'll keep myself hydrated.

    Saturday July 23
    Lesson today, and I, for the first time, hauled the trailer. I have ALWAYS wanted to, and I have always been so excited for when I have my license and I can go camping with the horses up north and such, but never thought I would today. We loaded Dee, dad said: "You're driving", and away we went. It's actually not rocket science. It's different, and it was strange, but it was simple enough. All you have to do is take things wide, and be gentler than you usually would (slow down earlier, don't slam on the gas or the breaks).

    At lessons we worked on issues I've been having at home with the canter, which is balance. She slips and just bombs around and I haven't been able to get her going right, and we've been having lead troubles too. I don't take lessons every week; just when I need them, but I definitely needed one. We went back to trot and worked on leg yielding and bending her around small circles (all she's been doing up 'til then is lean around the circles-hence her slipping), and after we had all that down, I really didn't have much of a problem cantering. She leaned a bit, but using lots of inside leg and rein picked her up. She got all her leads, too.

    I know now what I have to do at home. I knew what it was supposed to feel like, I just forgot what I was supposed to do to get her going properly. It's nice to know that I'm developing "feel" for things, and that I can (mostly) tell when she needs leg, when she needs rein, when she doesn't need it, when to let off etc. I just needed a bit of a reminder.

    My instructor wants us to get her a grazing muzzle and keep her from eating so much, but...hmm. She will work the weight off again. It took me a few months to get her down to a decent weight the last time, and she'll lose it with time, but...it's summertime, and she's a horse. That's what horses do when they've got pasture.

    I drove home again and everything was going good until we had to back up in the yard. I CAN'T back up. I just can't do it. Dad was bickering at me (I know, he's helping), and I got stressed out and thus got p*ssed off, and I tried some, but eventually dad had to do it. I'll practice another day when I don't have live cargo in the back.
         
        07-24-2011, 08:32 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Sunday July 24
    Took Dee for a trot and another long canter today, different route this time. After going for that little run, we went back to the cut 20-acre hayfield and practised what I learned yesterday, but poor fat Pon was so tired that we could only do about two circles before she was ready to collapse. The good news is, she got one of her two leads right and wasn't leaning much on the circles.

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        07-26-2011, 10:44 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    Ah...forgot to post yesterday.

    Monday July 25
    I figured I might as well actually do WORK, and RIDE Dee, so I took her out into the hayfield and did leg yielding, circles and getting her bending, and then cantering. A bit of trouble cantering at first, but nowhere near as bad as we were before. I am realizing how little I actually know as a rider. I'm decent, but I still lack a lot of knowledge. Anybody can sit on a horse and run down the fields, but actually riding and getting the horse working properly is a whole different ball park. I think I'll spend the next week or so just doing work. I need practise.
         
        07-28-2011, 10:19 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    Wednesday July 27
    My dad trailered me and my friend up to a public forest with nice trails yesterday. My friend rode Dee, and I rode my younger mare. Dee was typically lazy as always, and it was a nice ride.
         
        08-04-2011, 05:52 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    *Sigh* The heat's back in full swing, so I'm going to start writing again.

    On Saturday, I rode Dee on one of our "Horse Rides"-a bunch of friends take teams and wagons (there were a couple of other riders) and just go. I had a lot of fun, and poor old Dee got rode hard. I always give her a few days off after these rides-she's getting older, and trotting and cantering for hours on hard roads is quite the work.

    I should've rode yesterday, but it was rainy and cold, so I'm going out in a little while to work with her. I want to try perfecting bridleless stuff. I can get on her and just run around bridleless, but that's not real hard. Getting her working properly and responding well to cues needs some work. I'll try to take a video if I can find a place for the camera to sit.

    Man, I haven't rode my younger horse in a LONG time...at least last week sometime. I think Friday. Ah well. She's not horrifically fat, and I guess I'm doing something wrong if she has a meltdown after standing for a week. I've gotten on her after 3 months of no work and had her move off almost the same...a bit rusty.

    I need to ride
         

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