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    12-23-2008, 09:32 PM
December 23, 2008

Unfortunately, today was my last day out until at least January 2 or 3 because of the holiday and vacation. My trainer is putting him out with Julius [considering it isn't ridiculously cold like it was over the weekend]. All of this is old news, I'm sure, as I've already said that I won't be able to get out for a while... Which really, really sucks. Ugh. I hate leaving him for more than a couple of days.

Anyway, my ride today was actually very good, even if I only rode about twenty minutes. One of my friends got a horse last year, and we've been trying to see each other's since then, and we finally decided to do it, and that was today. She doesn't have an indoor, and it was sleeting, so she didn't ride and I didn't get to ride hers, but we rode Twende.

He did very well. I hadn't been out for about three or four days, and I only walk-trot-cantered him because of incoming bad weather [which hit in the last ten minutes of the drive home]. She got on him and he listened to her really well. (: then my best friend [who doesn't ride] rode him bareback, and he listened to her, too! It was exciting. He did very well, especially since I brought someone out who's never seen him before.

I can't wait until January, when I'm going to start up lessons again. Time to move forward with him, as we're both getting a bit bored with what we're doing.

And on Thursday, the 25th of December-or Christmas-I'll have had him for three years. I love you, Twende. : D

[can't put the pictures in on this computer for some reason]
^My favorite Christmas ornaments.
^I think he looks so pretty in that picture.
^I think this was in the first couple of rides that I had him...probably the second or third time I rode him.
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    01-04-2009, 08:47 PM
January 2, 2009

Just a short one tonight since I want to go to bed soon.

I went out for the first time in almost two weeks. He did AMAZING. I didn't work him too hard because a) I didn't have the real time to get into anything, and b) he's gotten pudgy and out of shape since I last saw him. Haha. He got tired pretty quick. Well, quicker than usual, anyway. He'll pick up the good-shapeliness soon enough.

Walk-trot-canter...all very well done. I'm starting up jumping lessons in about two weeks [hopefully], so then I'll have more things to talk about.

I couldn't hear out of my right ear for four days. 0.0 I only just started being able to hear out of it after church today. It was swollen, or something. Bad reaction to the chlorine in the pool water, they told me. O.0

Anyway. Good night. (; Going out tomorrow and I'm actually going to make him work.
    01-16-2009, 01:49 AM
January 16, 2009

I'm so bad at these. >.<

I've been out some more since my last update, and so far, so good. I'm starting up lessons MONDAY, weather permitting. Right now it's -25 degrees F with windchill, and needless to say, I opted out of going to the barn today and tomorrow. It's supposed to get warmer on Saturday, so I'm hoping to get out then. Right now, my fingers are a bit chilly to be typing much, so I'll give you pictures sometime else.

    01-17-2009, 03:29 PM
January 17, 2008

So, it warmed up to about 14 F today. I was planning on going out, and then my car decided it was too cold to start. Looks like I won't be getting out until Monday. My lesson may not happen-high for Monday is only 18 F, so it WILL be happening sooner or later.
    01-26-2009, 11:46 PM
January 26, 2009

I labeled the last entry 2008. >.<

Anyway. I haven't written in a long time. I really haven't had much to write about. Twende haden't been outstanding, but he hadn't been outstandingly bad, either.

But today, we had a lesson, and he was amazing.

I have two trainers...if you can call them that. They're the BOs and they gave me Twende and they help me with him and such, so basically trainers. I asked Kerrie to help me with the jumping because that's what she used to do, and she knows the stuff. So, I had my first jumping lesson in over a year today on my horse, who I am still training to jump.

I got out there and warmed him up myself. When she came out, she had me do some more bending and backing and trotting just to watch my flat work, which has gotten better since she last watched me. She helped me fix my leg position, which has been faulty for a LONG time. I've known this, I just haven't known how to fix it or where to fix it to, and for some reason I never really asked. Then, she set up a small cross rail, and of course, Twende refused it. When we couldn't get him over it with me on his back, I got down, and she moved the jump to the wall and made it a ground pole, and lunged him over it.

When Twende is done fighting, it shows in his eyes. The fight leaves, and he relaxes. I got back on, and he went over the ground pole perfectly. She turned it into a small jump, and he gave me no trouble. Kerrie fixed my jumping position by just telling me where to put my hands-because I had been doing that wrong-and helping me spot my take off point.

I am SO happy with the way the lesson went. It wasn't even an hour, but already he feels SO much better. Relaxed, listening, etc. We felt so together by the end. I don't know why I waited so long for a lesson... mostly I didn't have the time, but I finally gritted my teeth and am doing it, and I'm so happy I am. (:

Next lesson is February 9. ^^ I'll have someone take video of me jumping on Wednesday when I go out. We're still only trotting over the jumps, but you step at a time. But yeah. I'm not so good at explaining it, but it was great and I'm so excited for my next lesson, now.
    03-28-2009, 11:29 PM
March 28, 2009


It's been a while...

I'm keeping with the lessons, and I'm going to once a week once April hits. We've pulled off the jumping for the time being because Twende needs to build up the muscles in his hind end, and I'll tell you what... two months of nothing but making him work under himself, and his back end looks AMAZING. SO muscular! He had a small hunter bump, and you can't see it anymore because the muscle grew up on/around it!!!

He's doing really, really well, and finally looks like a hunter horse.

And I bought a trailer. It only took him twenty minutes to get all the way into it... He's notorious for not liking trailers the first time in them and taking a while if it's the first time in a while.

My little boy is growing up. :p

Oh. And, I'm going to start volunteering at a therapeutic riding center. (: I can't wait.

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