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        12-17-2011, 11:35 AM
    Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Thursday was a FANTASTIC ride with Shamrock. We rode around the barnyard again instead of in the arena. He loves that. We did our groundwork and warm up, doing serpentines using only my legs to move him, working on moving forward off of light leg aids, and working on backing easily. He was super responsive with all of them! We rode in and out of the ditch to work his hind end muscles and he really enjoyed all of it. I was very impressed with how well he was doing and how responsive he was out of the arena.

    After one of the horses ate and was let out of the jump field, my boyfriend let me in so that I could work Shamrock in there. Shamrock was moving VERY forward. We did circles in there at the walk and trot and worked on light leg aids, and bending to the inside. He was fantastic. :)

    New things I felt like I noticed while riding him besides him being more responsive and forward was it felt and looked like he was holding his head correctly, his walk seemed to swing more, which would mean his hind end was working up under him. That's been something we've been working on for a while now and I really hope that what I felt is right!

    After I got off and groomed him, he got his usual treats plus an apple (it was in his stocking at the barn)!
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        12-17-2011, 11:39 AM
    Friday, December 16, 2011

    What another fantastic ride!

    I did ground work and warm up outside of the arena since he thoroughly enjoys it. He was still moving very forward and responding very well. After he was warmed up we went into the arena.

    I worked with him on not bending his head to the outside, which he did very good with. It didn't take long for him to figure out what to do.

    After two days of no canter work, we cantered a couple of times. He did pretty well, but he would stop cantering before I asked. That's a new thing to try and work on.

    In the arena we did mostly walk/trot work and backed a couple of times (he was still very responsive). We also went over the trotting poles.

    He got tired after a while and his momentum was dying, so we called it quits. He got a good grooming and some treats, then went back to his pasture. It was a good ride. <3

    Did I mention that I rode in a tank top & it's December?! Ridiculous.
        12-18-2011, 01:58 PM
    Saturday, December 17, 2011

    By far one of my all time favorite rides, no, days, with Shamrock!!

    Saturday isn't one of my typical riding days with Shamrock, but my boyfriend was cleaning the water troughs out at the barn, so I tagged along.

    I gave Shamrock and good, long grooming and then gave him a massage. He thoroughly enjoyed both of those. :)
    After I felt like he was clean enough and such, I hopped on him bareback. We didn't ride in the arena, we just walked around the barn. We went in between pastures, in and out of the ditch, along the pasture fences, etc. The only time we ever really trotted was when he was coming out of the ditch and trotted up the side. He was super content and so was I!

    Some of the time, Shamrock and I would follow my boyfriend around as he cleaned the water troughs. I would drop the reins and Shamrock would just follow my boyfriend and then stop when he stopped. It was the cutest thing, and although my boyfriend will never admit it, he knows he enjoyed Shamrock following him too. :) My boyfriend would even start walking, cluck, and say, "Come on, Shamrock!" like my horse was a dog. Haha. Shamrock listened.. so he may be species confused a tad. ;P

    At one point a boarder was returning from a trail ride at Lee State Park and had a large, white horse trailer. I saw them coming down the road and hopped off of Shamrock, unsure of whether he would be spooky of a horse being unloaded or a huge white horse trailer coming onto the property. As I stood next to him, he just looked at the trailer, but did not move a foot. Once all had settled back down, I got back on him and we kept walking around, following my boyfriend mostly.

    We rode in a part of the property I had never ridden him before and we even walked in between two parked horse trailers and he didn't spook once. I was very proud and bragged about how brave he is to my boyfriend, but really, it's not really his bravery, but his trusting me as his leader to take care of him. That realization made me smile. :)

    After I got off and put his halter on, I just laid the lead line over a hook where we tack up under the barn instead of bothering to tie it. This was mostly just to see if he would stay put. As I walked in and out of the barn, putting his bridle and things away and got him a few treats, he just stayed where he was. I suppose he figured he was tied up, but it was neat anyways.

    My favorite part of Saturday was how we just walked around bareback for practically 2 hours and both completely enjoyed each other's company. I didn't want to get off! :)
        12-19-2011, 11:02 AM
    Sunday, December 18, 2011

    Another laid back kind of day..

    I was running out of daylight to ride, so I just walked around the farm bareback again. It was enjoyable.

    After a while, I took him into the arena and took his bridle off so he could play in there. I even went around the pastures to find a Jolly Ball just to see if he would play with it. He would hold it in his mouth for a minute and then drop it, so he wasn't too interested.

    He got carrots for a treat and then played with his bucket while I groomed him. Then a mare in the pasture beside the arena was looking over the fence, so he walked over to her and they groomed each other. It was precious.

    Shortly after that, I put him back in his pasture and said goodnight. :)
        12-20-2011, 10:45 AM
    Monday, December 19, 2011

    This wasn't the best ride we've had, sadly.

    I took him back into the arena to work. But he was kind of pokey. We mostly worked on getting his head turned to the inside. We cantered some too. He wasn't immediately cantering when I asked, so we worked on that until he did. Then we called it quits with cantering in the arena for the day. He was still responding well to my leg and even backing pretty well.

    We rode in the arena for a while and then I took him out and rode him around the barnyard. He was even pokey when we were trotting out there. I tried to canter him at one point, but that didn't work out, he couldn't build up the momentum in time to canter before we ran out of room.

    Eventually we ended up back in the arena and trotted around some more, still working on keeping his head to the inside instead of the outside. That's a big work in progress. He does it well at the walk, but at the trot he loses it.

    He ended up being EXTREMELY slow and we both were getting frustrated, so I decided to call it quits for the day and got off. I couldn't really blame him though, we rode 5 days straight and have never done that before. We both were probably feeling it (I know I was anyways).

    I groomed him and then got some carrots. Instead of just giving them to him, I did carrot stretches with him. We're going to have to keep doing those. :P He was getting frustrated because he couldn't reach and hold. I ended up giving them to him when he held as far as he could.

    He gets two days off before we pick back up again on Thursday.
        12-24-2011, 08:45 PM
    Thursday, December 22, 2011

    I didn't have A TON of time to ride because I had to be at church right after the barn, but I rode anyways. :)

    Shamrock and I rode in the arena. We didn't really "work" on anything (even though he was doing FANTASTIC at keeping his head from turning outside), but we were mostly having a fun ride.

    We cantered and even jumped some.

    Then I decided to take him out and ride outside the arena. We rode in and out of the ditch, and he was being very careful about where he put his feet, so we tried out going through steeper parts of the ditch and he did GREAT. We also trotted around a lot and he got a BIG trot going. It was a blast!

    And finally... WE CANTERED for the first time outside of the arena. :) He did real well, but tripped when I brought him down because he wasn't ready to stop and we were running out of room (heading straight towards the woods!). It was a good day. :)

    The high was 78 so we were both pretty sweaty and Shamrock got a good rinse down and an apple before getting put up for the night.
        12-24-2011, 08:48 PM
    Friday, December 23, 2011

    Another day with a short time to ride because of church. But also my last day to spend with my Shamrock before Christmas!

    We started out riding around the barnyard, warming up and what not. Then we went into the arena to trot and canter around some. Then I set up 4 crossrails around the sides of the arena and we hopped over them a few times before Shamrock decided he didn't want to jump anymore.

    Eventually we ended up back outside the arena, walking and trotting around and going through the ditches and what not. We even rode down the driveway to the dirt road and rode down there a ways before turning back.

    After we got done riding, Shamrock got 2 apples and some carrots for Christmas! :)
        12-26-2011, 07:03 PM
    Monday, December 26, 2011

    First time riding after Christmas! :)

    I got a new Roma saddle pad (navy/yellow reversible) and new stirrup irons for Christmas, so I just had to try them out.

    Shamrock was DIRTY and his face was covered in hay when I pulled him out of the pasture. It was quite humorous.

    I rode in the new saddle pad with the yellow side up and Shamrock looked REAL GOOD. :) The new stirrup irons added a nice touch as well.

    We didn't do much except walk/trot around the barn and go through the ditches. Some girls were riding in the arena and flagging their horses over fences. So we didn't ride in there because they were taking up all of the arena.

    He got a nice grooming afterwards and an apple! I would like to think he enjoys his new saddle pad because it's so fluffy. :) I know I do!
        12-30-2011, 12:31 AM
    Thursday, December 29, 2011

    Boy, have we had better days..

    There were lots of people out at the barn and Shamrock was QUITE full of himself. We warmed up outside of the ring and then went into the ring for a workout. We were trying to work on transitions, but Shamrock was only interested in the horses and four wheeler that was going down the road.

    Once I realized we were getting nowhere, I decided to get off and work him on the lunge line a bit. He did well then so we called it a day.

    I got a Slick 'N Easy block, Eqyss Marigold Rehydration Spray, and baby wipes for Shamrock so we used those. :) The spray made him smell wonderful! And hopefully the block will help with how dusty he gets. The baby wipes are for his face, because it gets real dusty and dirty too.

    After all that, I realized how long the hairs around his muzzle had gotten so we got out the clippers.. I've never clipped him before so I had no idea what to expect. It certainly was an experience. It took a while for him to let me shave any at all, but he finally did. However, once I went to shaving the hairs underneath his muzzle, he FREAKED out. He would take no part in getting clipped there. We stopped clipping him then, and now I have a half clipped horse. :/ I ordered Horse Shave though and can't wait for it to get here and use it!
        01-02-2012, 12:06 PM
    Friday, December 30, 2011

    Another off day..

    We warmed up outside the arena and then went inside to do some canter work. Every time we cantered, he would run before breaking into the canter and once he started cantering, he didn't canter long and he would duck to the inside of the arena. It was real frustrating. I figured it was because we warmed up outside the arena, so he didn't want to be in the arena.. but who knows. He would also bend his neck way too much.

    Eventually we ended up back outside the arena and we cantered some toward the trails and then down the farm driveway. He enjoyed it and so did I, so we called it quits after I cooled him down.

    He got a good grooming and then I put him up for the night. Hopefully we'll have a better ride next time!

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