Sounds like a truly nice trail ride and great family time. You can't complain with only two very reasonable startles/spooks with minor reaction. She is turning out to be a great horse, isn't she? Lucky you - you have some great area to ride with a large variety - even ghosts!! You'll have to tell me if you ever have an encounter - lol! On our trail ride Sunday it was just my daughter and me and we mostly just walked together and it was really fun. Yesterday Anna and Lily were ahead of us (we had our trainer with us) and had some time together. I was a little apprehensive but they didn't get too far ahead and they enjoyed some trotting and a couple of good canters. Horse is a much better trail horse than expected. Her previous owners told us that she'd never be a trail horse and that she hates it. Not anymore!
That's a great idea, I will just give Diane a call and we'll see where it goes. Thanks for all the great info! Hopefully we'll see you at one of the camps!
Glad to hear you got Twist out, first time right? Did she go with other kids at the barn? How fun. My daughter has only trail ridden a handful of times but she LOVES it. As a matter of fact we went yesterday and the day before (I even trailered!). Lily has limited trail experience, as in almost none, and every now and then will stop, look and snort but Anna can get her past anything. The last couple of days I am on foot and Anna rides - not the optimal set up but she loves it nonetheless. She'll go ahead at a trot or canter and then come back to me and then go out again, etc.. She definitely prefers to go with other riders but a walking mom will do in a pinch.
Well, if Anna was with kids just learning to lope, or new at it, she would not enjoy it nearly as much. Anna is a pretty advanced rider for her age. On the other hand we don't do much ground work other than showmanship (but not much) and taking the horse out for walks - we've never done Clinton Anderson work.
Oh, and I would not consider our horse advanced when it comes to the trail course stuff if that makes a difference. Is the skill level based more on horse or rider? Well, it's late and I'm tired and I'm probably making way too much out of this!! Off to bed for me!
So are there different intermediate camps for different riding levels? How does that work? Do you need to take one before another? I know she'd love to ride with someone her own age but it's equally important to ride with kids that are riding at the same level. Are the kids her age (just turned 11) more of beginner/novice riders? We don't keep our at a stable so my daughter doesn't have any friends to ride with. The girls in her club really only show their horses and most of them are senior level and if she goes trail riding with anyone it's usually someone MUCH (as in 40 years) older which isn't quite the same. However, I think she would get bored if she wasn't with a group where she was learning and challenged. What would you recommend?
I haven't emailed Diane yet as I had to figure out how to work it out with my son that week. Turns out that there is baseball camp both weeks of the horse camp - how perfect is that?! What camp week is your daughter going to? I am thinking of late June before it gets too hot. My daughter will be very excited if we can make this happen and it would be extra fun to know that there is a girl her age that will be there!
Sounds like your horse was really worth the wait. It's funny how the right ones come along. I think you'll find that your horse will be the perfect fit in so many ways and your daughter will have a great future with her.
Our horse definitely gets hot sometimes and my daughter can get so frustrated! She (horse) is also super sensitive, but I don't mind much because it is teaching my daughter some much needed patience and she has to control her emotions - not an easy task! Just in the last week we've had 2 lessons that show my daughter how the horse will shut down (or pitch a fit!) when she gets too frustrated but within 10-15 minutes she will be totally into the ride when my daughter calms down. Daughter gets tense - horse gets tense. Daughter calms down, horse calms down. It's amazing and it has been challenging for my daughter. Our horse is becoming a wonderful teacher for my daughter and I'm thankful for her.
Serious? We'd so be up for camping out! We'd even be happy to help with morning chores. Think I should email her?
Isn't that funny how you are trying to attempt to expand the horse program but getting resistance? You'd think they'd be happy to offer more, but I think that often you get those that have been doing it for a long time and they don't like change. Keep at it and they'll see it's a good thing!!
That's great! I remember you saying that the horse was a bit speedy for pleasure so she'll probably be perfect for reining. Will your current trainer be able to teach reining? A girl in my daughters 4-H recently switched her horse from pleasure to reining and loves it. Does your daughter want to show or just work/train for it? Wouldn't it be fun for your daughter to bring reining to her 4-H?!
Oh, I showed my daughter the info on the camp at your barn and she really would like to do it. She's been asking about a camp where she can take her horse for about 2 years now but there aren't many around. The only issue right now is the logistics. I know the horse can stay up there, but we live in Edmonds and I really don't want to make that drive daily. Haven't looked at hotels yet but that would only drive up the cost. Still thinking on it.
The show was absolutely exhausting. It was probably foolish of me to let her go but when I suggested that we cancel she said "no Mom, we can do it" and went ahead and got everything ready, packed and loaded. I did nothing to get ready. I had a tough time pulling the plug after that. She did well, but there were only 3 kids showing. She got 1st in equitation and bareback, 2nd in showmanship and trail, and 3rd in pleasure. I'm just thankful she stayed on in pleasure. Both horse and rider had pretty much hit the wall and fallen apart and it was a very rough go. Daughter was worn out and getting stressed which went right into the horse. The horse wanted to GO and broke into a canter about 3 times and then when it was time to line up the stinker decided to spook and jump sideways halfway across the arena!! My daughter stayed on as if she expected it - smooth as silk, completely balanced! She was really frustrated but I was really proud of her.