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        06-11-2014, 05:25 PM
    My saddle is here, my saddle is here!!!! FINALLY!!!

    While my saddle was on its way, I was out riding with some good friends, and got some great pictures! I don't have many pics of Nalini and I (besides selfies) since I'm usually alone, so I was so glad to get a few! We also pony swapped, so we all rode all three horses. A few of the pictures are of Ollie, an adorable 5 yo grulla, who was a blast to ride!








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        06-17-2014, 05:20 PM
    It is HOT. 90ish degrees and humid. Yesterday I didn't drink much and ended up throwing up. Ick. Today, I'm not going anywhere without my water! The new trainer, J, has been helping me work Missy, and teaching me how to use a round pen effectively, since we just got one and I have never stepped inside one before. So, this morning I worked with her while he coached me, and we're going to work her more tonight once it's cooler.

    It's so nice to work with someone else. I'm usually by myself, and just figure stuff out as I go. I rarely get to work with someone whose training I admire, so having J for at least the summer, or however long he sticks around is great (even if I do have to share my Missy money with him, haha)

    I did take Nalini out and practice what we did this morning with Missy, after J left. My boss grabbed a few pics at the end, while we were just hanging out.

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    Inka is one hot puppy!!
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        06-17-2014, 09:20 PM
    ^Stay cool and healthy! Loving the pics--your horses are beautiful <3
        06-17-2014, 10:03 PM
    Thanks! I think I've got pretty some good looking steeds ��
        06-18-2014, 03:57 PM
    Just showing off my beautiful girls! And my saddle.
    Nalini and I did some modeling, as I didn't have any pics of my saddle on her yet. Then we went for a quick ride.






    Inka finds round pen work exhausting.

    Missy and I worked in the round pen again, and then worked on softening up to the bit.


    She doesn't look like the wild thing we got off the trailer anymore!
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        06-23-2014, 04:59 PM
    Exciting stuff happening. First, I got on Missy again. I got on about a week or so ago, and she wasn't ready. Didn't do anything bad, just didn't understand anything I was asking and acted like she might go up, so I got off. J has been teaching me some round penning stuff, which was super cool, and it helped Missy mentally. I could have ridden her last Friday, but we were putting a horse down and I know better than to ride when I'm upset. Then a clinic Saturday, and family in town yesterday, pretty much took up all of my time. So, today we rode. She stood mostly still while I tacked up (something to work on. She's a smidge girthy), and accepted the bit. I worked with her with the bit on the ground for a few minutes, then got on and off a couple of times.

    And then... we went riding! Well, we did some circles in the round pen. She was nervous when I first got on, but I just had her stand for a few minutes. When we first started walking around she was very bracey and kept trying to stop. Every time she tried to turn or stop, I asked her to move her hips over (that's what we had been doing in the round pen). She got over that pretty quickly, and we went around four or five times each direction without any resistance. Tomorrow's plan is to ride a little bit longer, keep her soft, and get a trot.

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    I really like the work I'm doing with her. She is just such a sweet mare. I wish I had started riding sooner, but I'm learning about different training processes and it's pretty fascinating. The more I work with J and watch him ride, the more I really like him. I mean, I love HF, but it's so cool to be able to talk about everything with him. My best friends are trainers too, but I know their opinion about everything already, and we grew up essentially the same, and their interests are very much in reining, while mine are in ranch-type stuff. Today, J and I had a great conversation about when and how it's appropriate to teach lateral flexion, and how not to 'overflex'. We also talked about spade bits and training bridle horses (his old boss trained a few but he never has) and Ray Hunt and the Dorrance brothers (he's lending me a Ray Hunt's book). It's just so COOL. I've never had that constant feedback and talked different methods and books with an actual person (my best friends who train, and do a very good job, aren't much into reading. I go to them for advice on teaching spins and stops and more technical stuff), and he and I agree on pretty much everything.
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        06-25-2014, 03:10 PM
    Danni is doing so good. I've had her on the backburner, and really concentrated on Missy, but today we worked on hip control, and tying solidly. So, we've been moving at something of a snail's pace, but she lunges, picks all four feet up, ponies, has had a saddle on a few times, leads solidly, and is standing still when tied, plus moving her hips right around when I ask. I really need to get some pictures and videos up. She's going to be a fun little horse, and my boss says I can take as long as I want with her! Boss really likes her, I have a feeling she won't be leaving, but we'll see. She still has her wolf teeth, so we need to get that taken care of before I start working her in a bit. Once that's settled, we'll be riding!

    Missy has been doing well. Put another ride on her yesterday, and planning on doing a longer ride tonight. She is really moving off of my leg nicely, but doesn't like it much when I tell her which direction to go, lol. She does what I ask, but is a bit bracey with the bit. I'm hoping that as we go, with a nice loose rein and working with my seat and legs first, that she'll realize a little guidance from the bit is no big deal.

    Nalini has been resting far too much, especially we have ranch camp next week. Eeeek! A full week of 8 hours of riding a day, plus COWS. I am so excited. I better ride my horse tonight. I'm bringing Zena too, but she is well trained and has done it all before. Nalini is good, and usually pretty lazy, but we haven't done any arena work, and when she gets a little bit spunky, she'll pop up a half a foot or so, then throw her head down, and then pretend she's perfect for the rest of the ride. I don't THINK she'll do anything really bad, but thus camp should be good 'boot camp' for her, and then I need to start really putting her to work. Since I got her in March, I really only ride her once or twice a week for a long trail ride, and that's pretty much it. You know how the saying goes... shoemaker's kids are barefoot, and the trainers horse sits in the paddock stuffing her face all day...
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        06-25-2014, 03:45 PM
    Green Broke
    Love this thread! Congrats on the saddle, my corriente just arrived last week
        06-25-2014, 03:56 PM
    Thanks! Hope you love yours as much as I love mine! Soo comfy. In fact, it's sitting on Missy now, while she learns to stand still and I get a HF break!
        06-25-2014, 04:09 PM
    Missy right now. She isn't a fan of learning patience.

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