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post #1 of 4 Old 01-10-2012, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Riding Journal

Just a way for me to keep track of what I do every time that I ride. I feel like this could be beneficial if I actually keep it up, haha! Anyway...

Today was my first time back to riding after about 2 weeks off. Navigator was surprisingly well-behaved and didn't seem too fresh.

We started off with a lot of warm-up post-trotting to loosen him up and get him thinking about work. My left shoulder was giving me trouble to the left, but as long as I thought about it and pulled it back it wasn't so bad. It didn't seem as bad as normal today, which was nice.

After that we did a little canter in both directions. He just wanted to run, but I got him to calm down and do a nice controlled canter.

A little bit of sitting trot after that, and some transition work. Then we spent a bit of time working on walk to canter transitions. I'm sure I was cuing him incorrectly (partly due to my shoulder?), but the first few times in either direction he picked up the opposite lead. We did manage a nice walk to canter transition to the left though, and after that we were done.

I ended up going out to the barn later than expected today, so I only had about an hour and a half to tack up and ride before it got too dark.

Tomorrow I'm going out with one of my best friends and she's going to ride Navigator. I'm planning to borrow one of the other horses, an older quarter horse gelding named Rhetoric. Should be fun as long as my friend remembers how to ride and doesn't get nervous and forget everything.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-12-2012, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Yesterday when my friend and I went out to ride, it started pouring rain as soon as we got on. We thought it would pass so we went up to the arena and rode for a while. It didn't stop though. :-/ We ended up doing a short trail on our way back to the pasture. We were soaked, but it was a fairly painless ride for both of us. Navigator was very good for her.

Today was a little different. I'm always worried that she's going to ruin him when we ride together, because she doesn't have much experience and he's still kinda green. But he's the most beginner friendly horse we have at the barn, so there isn't really any other option.

It wasn't a bad ride though. She did want to canter him from the walk, which we have only worked on once or twice, and she tried and actually got him to do it once, which was good I suppose.

She just doesn't really know too much about horses, and every time they do something wrong, it's because the horse is onry or bad, and it's never the rider (her). *sigh* I guess she'll learn as she rides more and gets into more advanced stuff.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-30-2012, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Did a lot of trot work to loosen up today. Nav seemed a little lazy and didn't want to get moving. I was able to encourage him and he did end up working quite well. Bending a lot better than usual while we trotted.

Canter was not so good. Left lead was very stiff and he didn't want to bend at all. Right was better. He was very speedy at the canter. After we worked a little more at the right I tried left again. He bent a little bit more but kept wanting to run. Will keep an eye on this and see if it was just a weird thing or if it's a soreness issue.

He was a good boy though. :)
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-13-2013, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Haven't posted in here in a long time! I hope that's ok to do since it's my journal thread...?

Anyway, I just had to post, I had an amazing ride with Navigator last night. I hadn't ridden in a while, and only had a short time to ride, so I just hopped on bareback and rode around in the field by his pasture. He was so good!

A little fresh at first since we were in a big open area and it had been a while, but he quickly calmed down and framed up nicely. He had a nice forward trot and canter, but was listening and transitioned down without much trouble. We even did a little jump (just a log, no more than 18" I'd say).

I was just so happy after that ride, and it really made me feel confident about us doing better in the clinic in a couple of weeks :)

Tonight I'm going out to work on his feet with his owner. That should be good!
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