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    02-02-2012, 03:34 PM
Ouch, sprained ankles are the worst. I hope you feel better soon. Mine still bugs me from time to time :/
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    02-02-2012, 03:50 PM
Really? How long ago did you sprain yours? (And if you don't mind, how? I tripped in gym lol).

And thanks, I hope it gets better soon too!
    02-02-2012, 03:59 PM
Well it was back when my horse was very "all over the place" and I was trying to get him to relax while also getting him used to things happening on his back. I was trying to sit the trot, his head went up, his hind went into hyper drive and my right foot got stuck in the stirrup while I was on the ground and he was still running, but I kicked it out after a second but I managed to sprain my ankle.

I had some chiro sessions and got it x-rayed and was on extreme pain meds but I've tweaked it so many times that it didn't improve all the way.

With proper Physical therapy and whatnot I'm sure you'll make a full recovery :) I'm just prone to injury haha

Oh and it happened sometime at the beginning of 2011... so about a year ago.
    02-27-2012, 06:23 PM
Update! Lesson from last Saturday and my Ultimate Shopping Expedition of DOOM.


I rode Faith again, this time as a semi-private lesson. (It was supposed to be group, but there was only one other girl, and it cost about as much as a private). I just want to take a second here and praise the care these people give their horses. Faith was blanketed and properly wrapped up leg-wise for her lesson. (Not sure if those were brush boots exactly, or what). I barely had to swipe a dandy brush over her, and when I checked her feet, they were clean. There was barely any shavings in them! I think I nearly fainted from shock. I got my own little locker without having to pay and my Dad got my a proper key and lock from my Grandfather for it. I got tacked up and I was a little bit rusty but I managed to do it without too much trouble :).

We warmed up with a two-point and posting at the walk with no stirrups. Then, we got into a posting trot and I kind of forgot diagonals existed for a minute or two there . Oopsies! Live and learn I guess . Then we got to sit the trot...I can't tell you how much I failed at that. But I was kind of getting it at the end. I think it's partly because I get kind of stiff when I'm concentrating on something, and I have to work on that! Any tips for sitting the trot would be very welcome! Then we cantered and apparently my leg position is better at the canter than the trot...odd! My cousin said the same thing happened to her when she first started seriously cantering...I guess it's in the blood haha! Then we jumped a small cross-rail and on my first try Faith spooked because I had my eyes on the jump and not on the door of the arena, where they were supposed to be .

My second try she did jump, but I got up too early and my release was too big, making my balance all weird. My other tries were a lot better, though .

My instructor was very friendly and payed attention only to her riders. She was constantly giving us things to work on and payed attention to us and let us ride evenly if that makes sense. (Like we both got an equal chance to canter and jump, and the whole time we were doing something). The girl I rode with was nice and chatted with me a bit. Polite.

My next lesson is tomorrow since I missed Saturday because of the weather. So if I'm not too lazy there will be another update then!


My two cousins, their dad, and myself went to a big tack swap-thing. There was a ton of people there and a ton of things to buy. I was not sure where to start. We walked around first as per my Uncle's advise. I saw some things I was mildly interested in but nothing I was too interested in. I learned a few things about myself that night, which I will get to later.

My older cousin and best friend's purpose that day was to get show clothes for cheap. She was determined to be successful showed through the almost psychotic glint in her eye. This chick was ready to BUY SOME SHOW STUFF.

My younger cousin was around mostly for the heck of it. She's not into horses as much as us, but still rides. She was helpful as for suggestions and where to find things.

My uncle has guts and is not afraid to bargin with people. This becomes important later.

I was not there for a purpose as specific as my show cousin's, nor one as vague as the youngster's. My main wishes were a pair of decent half chaps, perhaps a new pair of boots, maybe a saddle pad, and some grooming stuff.

Together, we were ready.

My cousin got a show shirt, a pair of tall show-quality genuine leather lace-up boots, gloves, and a saddle pad.

Her dad got her the boots for $25. I think I died a little inside as none of the boots were big enough for my clown feet.

My younger cousin got a pair of gloves.

I got a white saddle pad bordered by blue with the name "Max" in black lettering. I'm not sure if Max is a horse, a guy's name, or a nickname of a human or horse, but I fell in love with that saddle pad. I also got a pair of leather gloves and a very well-made dandy brush. Sadly the half-chaps were also not big enough for my big thighs :(.

I learned:

*I love saddle pads. Too much. I spend most of the time salivating over them only to be disappointed when they were too dirty, too ripped up, or simply something I wouldn't need. My "Max" saddle pad saved the day.

*I also love grooming supplies. I hunted for them but found very few. How this is possible, I do not know.

*I will not buy something if I can't understand how the end product will look like. I am also not willing to buy very dirty things, although a lot of them could be easily washed. This was the case with halters, which for some reason were all very muddy and all undone. I would pick one up only to see the buckles undone, and my mind would immediately shut down to protect me from the sheer terror of an equestrian relatively unable to figure out a halter. The different sizes and styles only served to make me more confused and afraid. Don't even get me started on rope halters, although those did tend to at least be clean and new.

*I am biased against long lead ropes. Though who wouldn't draw the line when they started to look more like colorful, thick lunge lines?

*I love horse hair jewelry, though I am not willing to pay the price for it.

And that is what I will leave you with today.
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    03-20-2012, 06:58 PM
I'm going to tell you guys about my most recent lesson. I've had more since the last time I posted but I can't really remember them well enough to post anything about them.

My instructor said that I would probably be riding a little paint pony named Penny. So I got on her and we were trotting. She's a bit lazy but she was being really slow and I thought it was odd, plus she was also doing a motion that I figured was kicking. My instructor comes up to me and tells me that she is lame. So I get on Faith and I canter with other horses for the first time in an arena EVER!! Then we jumped a cross-rail and a vertical and worked on my pacing if that makes sense. It was a fun lesson. I rode in the outdoor arena for the first time because it was so nice out and it was HUGE! I'm also making friends with the other person in my lesson. My father's been talking to my instructor and so far we think that I'm going to help out with the horsecamp (I can earn lessons doing it, though I would help either way) and lease at the same time. The other girl in my lesson (Amanda) is going to be doing the same thing and she says we should ride together during the summer. I'm super excited to finally have a riding buddy who isn't my cousin!
    03-20-2012, 07:07 PM
If you don't mind me asking, what state are you in?
    03-20-2012, 07:43 PM
New York.
    03-28-2012, 06:34 PM
Most recent lesson.

Arena: Outdoor.
Horse: Faith.

There was more people in my lesson. That's fine by me though, they were probably just make-ups or something.

One of my friends from school who also loves horses came to watch everyone ride, look around the barn, and see the horses. She's been looking for a barn and she really liked this one so I'm hoping she'll ride with me!

We did a TON of sitting trot with and without stirrups. We also cantered a lot. Then we jumped over a smallish vertical. Faith is a school master so she won't do anything if you're not balanced, thus she refused the first try, veered to the left the second try, and then hesitated the next two tries after that. After that though I finally managed to jump like a normal person :). instructor said that this week we can start CANTERING JUMPS!!

This will be my first time EVER cantering a jump. You don't know how excited I am!

She also said we're going to be doing a lot of stride work and stuff. I'm really looking forward to it :).
    03-31-2012, 05:43 PM
Arena: Indoor.
Horse: Faith.

We did a lot of no-stirrup work, cantering, and we jumped a small course. Faith refused a few times but after the first few mistakes I had her jumping well.

Next week I get to ride Skippy! I haven't ridden him before but everyone says he is fun to ride so I'm excited. Tuesday I also have a trail ride with the club at school (finally! It feels like it's been forever).
    04-14-2012, 04:14 PM
My most recent lesson:
Arena: Outside
Horse: Skippy

There was three people in my lesson including me. We two-pointed, posted the trot, sat and posted the trot without stirrups (for what felt like FOREVER haha). All the riders cantered together and my instructor was pretty impressed with how we did.

Then we trotted over a cross-rail both directions and cantered it coming away from home. She had us counting our strides out loud.

There was a lady watching who really likes Skippy and she said that I looked awesome and that my riding seemed effortless. I felt so good when she said that :).

I talked to my instructor and next month I will begin my very first lease with Skippy! I am so excited.
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