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        10-18-2011, 06:07 PM
    Green Broke

    Baby Girl refused to go up close to it. She sidepassed AWAY from it when I asked for her to sidepass up to it. She wasn't the least bit afraid of that evil thing; she was just being bratty and uncooperative -- sour. She use to be sour in the same manner about sidepassing/turning on the forehand.

    She hates it so I built a rope gate and have been working her on one side of the arena and letting her rest standing next to the gate... It's an annoying issue. I don't know why she hates gates (she has since I got her)...
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        10-19-2011, 09:29 PM
    Green Broke
    10/19/11 -- Onwards, Towards the North!

    Me and Baby Girl are heading up to Ashville, Tenneesee, for Honey Creek tomorrow. I'm excited. It's a new ride on all new trails. It's suppose to be beautiful. Big South Fork is close to McNatt farms, where Baby Girl was born. Ha ha, I wonder if she remembers her home state!

    The ride's going to be huge too -- 60 people are signed up. That's the first full ride all year. That means lots of new people to bother.

    Speaking of new people, there is a kid in my class. Megan, I think her name is. Never met her nor heard of her, save that she did Ride the Edge a few weeks back. Since she's new and not on the board for the region award, I'm going to have a stress-free time kicking her ass. Since I'm ahead in points, I wouldn't be care if she beat me. I'm going on cruise control these last few rides; I'm going to have fun instead of worrying.

    My favorite vet judge is at this ride. Ms. Stephanie, who judged Uwharrie. I love that women.

    I'm totally relaxed, prepared, and ready for this ride. I'm very dangerous when I'm confident.
        10-24-2011, 09:43 PM
    Green Broke
    10/24/11 -- I'll Retire on This. (For Now!)

    I'm so proud of Baby Girl. She's an angel from heaven.

    Honey Creek was a huge success for us. The trails were tough and beautiful. We crossed an actual river. The White Oak River. Four times.It was terrifying. The water was belly deep at best and dropped off suddenly in places. There was a safe path of shallow (relatively speaking) water that led across. If you fell off the path, you fell into water deep enough to swim in. The bottom was strewn with huge rocks too! I don't know how we didn't get a foot caught! The White Oak was 40 feet across and took an excruciatingly long time to cross.

    We rode into caves and under natural rock formations. The rocks were a sight to behold. There were boulders the size of houses. Naturally, this meant the trails were rockier than expected. Baby Girl only had shoes in the front. She was so ouchy Saturday afternoon I had to get the farrier-on-call to put backs on her. She couldn't even walk on hard ground, even after the shoes. The next morning, we had a soundness trot on GRAVEL. I thought we were done for... But by some miracle, Baby Girl wasn't a bit lame. She didn't take a lame step for the rest of the ride.

    The vet judge, Stephanie, is amazing. She was the judge at Uwharrie, Baby Girl's second ride. She said Baby Girl was getting a lot more consistent and complimented us highly on an in-hand obstacle that involved us backing around a maze of rocks. Stephanie told me she always liked me and Baby Girl as a pair, even back at Uwharrie. Compliments from her mean the world to me.

    She also gave us a whole lot of "excellents" on our horse card. Baby Girl finished the ride with a 97 and 12 pluses. That's amazing. She lost two points on fill in the back legs and one point on gut sounds.

    Baby Girl's P&Rs were also epic. She got a zero and eight once. She didn't even breath in those 15 seconds they counted. And a heart rate of eight is about the lowest you can reasonably get. The rest of her P&Rs were three and nines. Pretty good!

    My horsemanship card also came out super clean, with a score of 98. I lost one point at check in for running ahead of my horse when I was trotting in hand (a stupid error!) and another for bracing my legs ahead when I rode down hill (very true! Gotta work on it!).

    Baby Girl completed every obstacle asked of us with flying colors. There was a back, back in hand around rocks, stand and tie a ribbon on a tree, two judged mounts, navigating a difficult hill, and crossing several creeks.

    Of course, we got double blues. The real kicker was that we also got a breed award. Best spotted saddle horse! There were a dozen there, and my humble mare beat them all! A five-year-old in her first year completing and a kid rider curb stomped Honey Creek!

    I was going to go to King's Mountain in two weeks, but I'm done. I'm resting on my victory. Baby Girl deserves some time off. I checked the national website. Baby Girl has accrued 180 competitive miles, and, due to my riding other horses while BG was out, I have stored up about 220. As a team, Baby Girl and I are first in the region by a long shot and third in the nation. Drink to that!
        11-07-2011, 08:47 PM
    Green Broke
    11/7/11 -- Update From the Dead

    I haven't updated this journal in forever, simply because nothing has happened. After Honey Creek, Baby Girl's been on semi-break. She's been enjoying it. I'm having a tough time at school, so I've only been able to ride three times a week. Not a problem; winter is for rest.

    Today my trainer brought her horse, Siegfried (AKA "Seaweed), to Meadowchase to stay for a while. He's a super cool horse -- 17.0 hand high bay Trakehner gelding, five years old. He's amazing to ride; great trot, EASY canter. On the ground, he's a little pushy (puts his head into your space a lot). She's going back to Atlanta for two weeks, so I'm in charge of him. I'm giving him a bath tomorrow.

    Baby Girl and I are going to do more jumping, I suppose. Bridleless is fun, so we might do that. We need to set some goals for this winter. Even though I can't ride much, it would still like a few things done. Updates will probably be super infrequent from here on, with CTR season over.

    I do have a photo thread I'm going to try to keep updated though. Check it out:

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        12-24-2011, 08:22 PM
    Green Broke
    12/24/11 -- The Anniversary Special

    Merry Christmas, and happy anniversary to Baby Girl! Today is one year since my Christmas (Eve) pony was given to me. Yep. Christmas 2010 was a good, good day.

    In this past year, Baby Girl and I have gotten to know each other very well. We've gotten to trust each other. It's wonderful when a horse trusts its person, but it feels even better when you trust your horse. I trust Baby Girl. I have faith she'll take care of me; she'll never hurt me. I have never felt scared --not for a second-- riding her. Even running around the pasture bareback and bridless... Jumping scary heights... Galloping as fast as she can go and never worrying about losing control...Knowing she wont' let me fall... That security. That's beautiful.

    This year, I wished for love. I wished for a partner. For a friend. This year, my wish was granted.

        01-01-2012, 04:18 PM
    Green Broke
    Pt. 2 -- Let's Run

    Year 2 -- Let's Run

    1/1, Entry One

    Another year, and nothing is really different for me and Baby Girl. Same barn, same town, few of the same problems, same dream... With a slightly clearer plan on making it. Add a few new skills, more experience, and a few hundred miles. We've got a team.

    This year's overlaying theme comes from my trainer, Megan, who I think heard it from the head trainer of the horse production Cavalia. The horses in the show never given the same part for long. Before they retire, each horse has done everything. They are constantly being trained and retrained. It keeps them thinking and interested in their work. Cross training is key.

    In 2012, I'm going to apply that to my own training. I'll try to do something different every day. Run full out in the pasture one day, do some gait work the next, circles and turns at a walk and trot after that, ground work another, and wrap my horse in a blue tarp and walk around the following afternoon. Jump once in a while. Ground drive. Pretend to be a reiner. Run barrels. Something like that.

    But I'll have to start that tomorrow, since today it's raining. Ugh. The only horsey thing I can do today is put on Baby Girl's blanket this afternoon.

    Happy New Year!
        01-01-2012, 04:38 PM
    Makes sense to me!! I try and do that with myself, the dogs and horses. I love to do cross training! Today I made the dogs pull sleds with weights ( 2 smooth fox terriers per run pulled about 25lbs each) my exercise was running beside them. And in horses, well it was a lazy day hopped on bareback and walked around the pasture. The wind was awful!

    Are you going to do your training as a journal, so we can all 'see' you two progress ?
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        01-01-2012, 06:01 PM
    Green Broke
    I have a pit bull cross who pulls as well! She weights 60 pounds herself and pulls about 80 pounds of cinder blocks stacked in a wagon. She loves it. I'm trying to build up her strength so she can comfortably pull me.

    Yep! I plan on entering most everything I do, with lots of videos and pictures and notes. Hopefully, you will see some progress! I'll also post competition results, random adventures, plans, and all that. "A day in the life"-like.
        01-03-2012, 11:07 PM
    Green Broke
    1/3/11, Entry Two

    La trainer, Megan, has been home for a couple days now. I've been helping her with lessons. I'm the barn equivalent of the plucky office girl. I walk into the pasture with the kids to get their ponies, clean stalls, run manure, take checks from parents, help tack up and down, and do menial gopher type tasks such as making sandwiches and carrying messages. I am the butt of many, many jokes and everyone's favorite chew toy.

    Sometimes, I get to actually teach the kids. My specialty is confidence building bareback lessons of pure fun. I also teach kids to fall off properly. It's a good gig.

    Sometime between lessons, I actually got to ride my horse! At the beginning of the year, I like to get a diagnastic preview. So I took some video of Baby Girl's gait and canter. Her gait looks a WORLD better than it did last year. The canter (2:53) is fast, but not too terribly unbalanced.

    This is last year. No canter, since she couldn't even canter last year.

    I also spent an entire day in my pajamas.

    Sometimes I take students on trail rides. We got back early, so we played on the teeter totter. (That yellow horse is Amber, and the student is one I call Ginger.)

    Once I'm finished with lessons, cross training can begin. It's hard to get time to teach new things when lessons are going on and I'm needed. Meh.

    I'm also almost finished with my Epic List of Yearly Goals (AKA, The List). They shall be posted, and I will start work to reach them.
        01-08-2012, 08:40 PM
    Green Broke
    1/8/12, Entry Three

    Happy balloon day!

    With two jobs and school, it's been difficult to ride my horse recently. And probably will be until spring break. However, I've been finding time for sort sessions on non-riding related activity. Cue balloon day.

    I worked at a pony party today. I begged these balloons off one of the parents, got my horse from the field, and started messing with her.

    Baby Girl has two great fears: balloons and plastic bags. After treats and sweet talking, she made nose contact. It took an additional 30 minutes after nose contact for her to completely comfortable.

    I will admit; I haven't done a lot of desensitization with this horse. I'm lazy in that department. I want to ride her in parades eventually, so balloons and plastic bags must be conquered.

    End result:


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