10:00 am: Extremely cold but on my way to Small Miracles. Small Miracles is a non-profit organization that helps those with disabilities through therapeutic horse back riding. I volunteer and have been asked to train/school the horses used in the program. I went out today to school a new guy named Ripple. Ripple was recently accepted to the program on the terms that a very reliable and good rider would train him to be an appropriate horse for the program (hoping someone will lease/train him for about a year and then 'return' him to Small Miracles.)
And boy does this guy need work.
He's a very sweet but slightly insecure boy. He's one of the quickest learners I've dealt with making his extensive need for training worth while. He is 5, hasn't really been ridden in 3 years and doesn't understand the fact a horse is suppose to STAY on the rail while in an arena. :roll: But, I have really fallen for the guy and think he has good work ethic and an honest heart. He is also in great health and 100% sound. Slightly under developed, doesn't know how to use his body and makes the rider REALLY work, but his personality wins me over. I want to eventually jump him to encourage him to realize he has 4 legs and know how to use his body.
He's a little chestnut gelding, about 15.2-15.3, very leggy with a very sweet face. Big apple QH butt, small undeveloped neck, somewhat of an ewe neck and a small stripe on his face. I'm pretty sure he is 100% QH. No known show history, but supposedly schooled in dressage. (I can't tell..)
I have been offered the ability to lease him for free. I was very flattered! We must find a barn that is willing to board for free or VERY reduced discount price. I could then school him and donate the time schooling him as charity time. We will have to see if we are lucky enough to find a cheap good place for him to stay.
About 2:00pm, get home and struggled to take off boots for several minutes. I think I have to buy new boots! I believe I have finally out grown my precious field boots (calf wise). They are getting so tight. I have ridden in field boots for YEARS and feel very comfortable riding in them. I got my first pair of field boots when I was about 10 and thought since I looked nice it meant I was automatically a good rider. But now I think they have so many good things about them (in my book), & not just about looks!! I hope I can save enough money in time to buy dreaded new stiff boots before I get too big and bust the stitches in these.
2:30pm: Nap time. =) Yay nap time.
5:00ish pm: Mexican!! YUM. Ate Mexican with the boo. Then went to Walmart & Kmart.
On the way home I got a phone call from my mom. We had another huge drag out fight. We have a very poor relationship and haven't for a very long time. I haven't felt like I have had a mother since my sister left. It's been so difficult. The situation put my heart in my stomach but I am trying to be positive. I think I need to get away from all the negativity and negative people of my past. It will be so so hard, but I think it's best. I always end up throwing myself into horses trying to forget about everything else.
Tomorrow I see Cruiser. I'm considering switching to a pelham with him. I am very use to two reins and the bit gives a a mock double bridle effect without using a double bridle (not as precise though). He is running through and rushing, I think a curb would help on occasion. He developed this problem since he has been a lesson horse. Young and new riders let him get away with things and I have to go back and re-school him. But financially, I need him to be a lesson horse right now. It's easy and healthy for him and benefits me financially. A pelham is illegal in a dressage ring, (not because of severity but the way the bit works) but I don't show him now. I have really debated on changing bits and think it may really help. I'm going to try a different snaffle tomorrow and see how that goes. I also can't decide between a broken (jointed) pelham or weymouth sort of thing.
Anyway, our lessons have consisted of trevers, shoulder in, haunches out, half pass, full pass, many transitions, flexions and some lengthening. I used draw reins on him last lesson to help build his neck and back. (His riding lessons with students don't engage his back and neck a lot.) He's getting back on track and doing well. He is surprisingly MUCH more willing to canter now! He's in a moving very forward stage. It's not too bad though.