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post #51 of 60 Old 07-12-2012, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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On Monday I went on the trails with a girl who I ride with in my group lesson. It was so much fun!

We went on this one trail several times and it was really clear (like...basically just a clear path) so I said I was going to canter down it. Well, I got Skippy to canter, and went into two-point and asked for more speed to see what he would do...he GALLOPED!

This was my first time ever galloping. In fact, before this I had been a bit scared just thinking about galloping! But it was so much fun and it was clear that Skippy had a lot of fun being outside of the arena and just goofing around, too!

My friend's horse followed Skippy's lead and also started to gallop.

We also walked to the creek and saw a fawn and a bunch of ducks and ducklings, as well as walking around the fields and having mini trotting races.

It was a really fun day and we plan to ride together this coming Monday again!
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post #52 of 60 Old 07-17-2012, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Monday I rode a lesson horse my friend Amanda is leasing and...I don't think I'd willingly pick to ride him haha! But that was only for a few minutes and other than that I was on Skip .

My father also might be hopping on Skippy for a little ride on Saturday. I'm hoping he'll REALLY see what it's all about! Any ideas or suggestions? Skippy is totally beginner safe in the outdoor and if he makes me nervous in any way I'll probably put a lead or lunge line on him just to be safe.

Also have two different places I could possibly volunteer at. One is a therapeutic riding center and one is a rescue. I still have to talk to my father/mother about it but if they say I can volunteer I think I'd like to try the rescue first and if that doesn't work out then I'll try the therapeutic center.

Also, hoping to show on August fifth with my cousin!
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post #53 of 60 Old 07-31-2012, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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So, just thought I'd give everyone a quick update.

My instructor has begun to pick up the pace of my lessons, I feel. And they're beginning to get a bit more difficult. I'm really liking it :).

For my last lesson Skippy spooked a few times. Nothing really out of the ordinary, but he's been so perfect lately it kind of caught me off guard haha!

We jumped a cross-rail, a vertical, and cantered in and out of a line. The first jump in it was a cross-rail and the second was a vertical. We counted strides in our heads and my instructor had us tell her how many we got.

At the end, she said we had "mastered the art of counting" so this Saturday we get to put two lines together! It sounds like a lot of fun and I'm really looking forward to it.

I'm definitely showing on August 19th (my instructor didn't end up going to the one on the fifth) and I'm going to do walk/trot/canter! I'm very excited :). It should also be with both of my cousins if everything works out!

My Dad was tired from work on my free ride day so he swore he would get on Skippy on my next free day. I'm going to quickly get on to warm Skippy up and then put him on so that he can't chicken out. I'll show you guys the pictures! :)
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post #54 of 60 Old 07-31-2012, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Also, sorry for the double post but I have more exciting news :).

If I didn't mention it before, the barn has a new, apparently rich owner.

Construction for a new outdoor arena began today, and it's hard to tell from the way my Dad was saying it but they're either going to heavily renovate the barn or build a new one at the same time.

My instructor said she's going to put the jumps in the field while the outdoor is being built.

It's pretty cool and exciting :).
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post #55 of 60 Old 08-11-2012, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys! I haven't updated in a while because nothing much has happened. But I have my lesson today and I have some news.

I rode today with a girl sometimes rides with my regular group and sometimes doesn't. The other two were on vacation. Usually she does relatively well, considering we're all at least a year or two older than her, but today she wasn't doing well and she got to do cavaletti at the trot as well as the regular warm-up stuff we did.

I FINALLY gave Skippy a proper chance to get into a nice speed for a sitting trot and I relaxed into it. It was the best sitting trot we've done, I think!

For the first time, my instructor had me do a vertical jump and then a line at the same time. I felt so accomplished . Basically I jumped the vertical, and then I had to switch leads and jump the line in the opposite direction. We also did some things with awkward turns- for the single jump I had to go around the mounting block, making it harder to straighten out Skippy properly. Then the turn to the line was smaller than I'm used to so my jumping was probably awkward at first xD.

I don't think I'm going to do the show on the nineteenth :/. Basically she said that the indoor is so small and awkward that four riders fell off in it last year and if the show's not moved outdoors we're not going. BUT she did say I could go to this awesome show in October instead so I'm not heart broken either way :).

She also said that she wants me to jump in the county fair next year! I really hope that I'm where she expects me to be by then because that would be so much fun.

Skippy is going to the fair with a different person on Monday, so I have to hack Faith instead. She's a pretty good horse, so I'm not too disappointed.
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post #56 of 60 Old 08-15-2012, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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So, I was over at my cousin's barn today.

We did barn chores and then I hopped on Chance for a trail ride. Chance behaved okay. My cousin rode Gwen and she was not happy .

Then we took turns riding a horse named Wasabi bareback. He is SO comfy and easy to ride bareback, it was amazing! We worked on turning him because even though he's eighteen he's still kind of green and by the end he was weaving through three cones all the way through them :). He's such a cute pony, he tries his best!

Her instructor has an eight year old son and we think he left the door to the chicken coop open, because when we went to the animal barn the door was wide open. The chickens were all over the place. Gabrielle is somewhat frightened of chickens so she held the door open while I herded the chickens like some kind of sheepdog lol! The roosters were so STUPID. I don't know if this is something that usually happens with chickens or if it was just them but MAN.

This one rooster absolutely did not get it. We held the door to the coop wide open (the chickens didn't try to escape a second time) and I literally ushered/herded him in a direct path to the coop. He took a good look at it, and WALKED AWAY! He also got outside several times and once I had to chase him through thorns and burrs .

I had to go into the cow pen several times to chase them out. Thankfully the cows didn't care about the chickens. But the first time I went in they chased me and according to Gabe they were bucking at the same time. I ran to the other gate and jumped on and swung my leg over. You are probably laughing but you see how brave you are when a bunch of cows are running after you! My cousin was very amused and thought it was hilarious.

Other chickens were in with the goats and sheep. It was a mess because the sheep did NOT like all of the hullabaloo. Luckily all but one of the chickens were eventually safe in their coops. The one who's still out is the one I pointed out as the dumbest of the bunch. We spent a good amount of time and effort concentrating on getting him in particular in the coop, but sadly to no avail.

Some sources say I was swearing a little but I like to think I did my sheepdog duty with the utmost grace and dignity :) .

Also, word to the wise: Saying "Bad chicken!" will not dissuade a chicken from doing something. Who knew?
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post #57 of 60 Old 09-08-2012, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Today, I went to the barn, and neglected to read the board.

Skippy was almost ready until Lily came up to me and said: "The board says you're riding Holly."

Holly is seven and adorable. So much chrome and I'm not sure if she's chestnut or bay but she's cute either way :).

She's more difficult to ride than Skippy, which is what I expected. Holly is just so much fun to ride. Her gaits are so smooth and she has so much energy. She's young so she still needs help balancing and everything but she's so good and tries her best.

Everyone did really well. No refusals, no nothing. We had a really good day! We were in the indoor because it was rainy. That's good, because I don't think I could've successfully done more than two jumps with Holly. This is the first time I've ridden her!

My Dad surprised me. He's been doing a lot of overtime and he says that I can lease in October for sure and maybe November if the weather isn't horrible. Ugh, I'm so excited! And, I decided that I'm going to lease Holly in October, instead of Skippy. I LOVE Skippy, but I think riding Holly will make me a better rider.

Hope you guys have been doing well :).
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post #58 of 60 Old 09-23-2012, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Skippy was super grumpy when I was tacking him up.

We did a FIVE JUMP COURSE. We are getting so advanced, I just can't handle it. Lol.

Skippy was a super star! He only spooked once, and that was at a sweatshirt hanging on the door, and I expected it :).

I'm usually the first one to jump, so the first time I did the course, I totally forgot a jump. Oops . After that I also forgot to count.

The second time, however, I concentrated on counting and did well.

My sister talked to my instructor and she said that Kati told her that I was doing really well. Kati also said that Holly is a good challenge for me while the older horses (Skippy, Penny, etc) are easy for me. She said that she really likes teaching my group because we listen. She also said that she thinks of my group as intermediate. I was really glad to hear that she thought I was doing well.

My show is on October 27th! It seems like so far away. Don't know who I'm taking or what I'm in (probably walk/trot/canter, but I'm still hoping maybe we'll have gone far enough for me to try jumping at a show. Don't count on it, though).

ETA: We also jumped an oxer for the first time! It was tiny, but still :).
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post #59 of 60 Old 10-20-2012, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Rode Holly today!

When we warming up (and cantering) it started POURING outside and I literally couldn't hear anything my instructor said. Holly was nervous and had a few "no I'm not going there, make me" moments, but otherwise she was AMAZING! She is becoming such a great little horse, she really impressed me today.

Then, we started jumping! It was such a fun and exciting lesson. My instructor gave us a different course every time. (Four jump courses, and our usual low height). However, she's been making them harder every lesson, and she said she'll keep doing that.

Today, I finally realized something. Holly loves jumping. According to my instructor, it's her "favorite thing". You have to hold her back sometimes, but I love more forward horses, so it's fine by me.

I think I might be getting the hang of her, knock on wood! Plus, the process of her becoming more broke is going well and making her a more enjoyable ride.

Over all, I did well, though of course I have many thing to improve on. The biggest one right now probably being my instinct to kind of throw my upper body getting into two-point. My instructor kept reminding me to think "hips back" though, and it helped a lot.

The other girl in my lesson did well. I think she's being added to what used to be Lily, Amanda and I. It was just her and me today, though.

I've also been thinking more into the future, and whether I really want to go the Hunter or Jumper route. I'm not sure, and one of these days I have to ask Kati's opinion. However, it won't matter for a while as I'll just be starting in cross-rails either this spring or summer (showing).

Hope you guys have been doing well!
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post #60 of 60 Old 02-10-2013, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, it's been a while! The weather's been so bad that I haven't ridden for about a month.

I was on Skippy. He was perfect. We did a lot of jumping and about three different courses.

I think I'm doing pretty good lately. Kati said that I rode my courses very well .

I have no idea what group I'm going to be in from now on, everything is so weird! Hopefully the people in it will be nice.
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