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    02-05-2014, 03:25 PM
Originally Posted by Zexious    
^It's fantastic that you're trying to quit smoking.

You could maybe look into back supports? It may not be a bad idea while you're building everything back up (:
yeah, quitting smoking will likely be the hardest thing I have ever done

Just going to keep working it -- been dealing with this for 9 years -- I need a strategy change since baby'ing it doesn't appear to work

Started exercising 4-6 days a week now -- if you add in riding -- it comes to 5-7 days a week

Would like to get back to my army weight of 205-210 .... only 25-30 pounds to go :p
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    02-10-2014, 11:05 AM
No one has had a chance to ride Dixie in 2 weeks and yesterdays lesson showed that

Going to have to find time to ride her on weekdays while working 10 hours a day and driving 2 hours a day

Pretty sure she was trying to pound me to death -- going to call that her "stomp-trot"

Weaved in and out of cones at a walk --- tried it at a trot for a bit --- mostly we were working on where my lower legs should be -- and have decided that I need a bigger saddle

Estimating the current saddle at 14-15 inches .. and estimated that I need a 17

She also said that I might be more comfortable in a roping or cutting saddle -- wife/kids/trainer/trainers daughter are going to go check out a horse expo together friday morning and maybe try to find a decent saddle for me
    02-15-2014, 10:08 AM
Got a chance to ride her again on Thursday -- wife was sick and needed me to take off work to go watch the kids

Rode her for about an hour -- she did well for the first 30 minutes and then started giving me a hard time --- she did not want to go out into the pasture --- she kept side-passing, backing up, and trying to turn away --- not real sure what to do about that

Finally got her out into the pasture after 10 minutes of her balking -- took her to the far side and took her down some trails through the woods -- once she got back there she was much calmer and more responsive

Got another lesson this Sunday

Really like my trainer -- she is just starting up and getting going good
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    02-18-2014, 12:38 PM
This past Sunday was rough -- did a 19 hour shift at work and slept from 4am to 10am - went out to breakfast with the wife and kids -- got back in time to chase down the horses, tie up 2 of them and saddle the third

It was entertaining trying to catch them, they were all out in the woods and had a lot of energy. When I got the first one caught and walking back to the stable, the others were running around, kicking, bucking, and farting (which I think is hilarious) so it was beneficial for me with Whiskey and making her realize that I am the person she should be paying attention to.

Dixie was being a butt and did her usual of trying to drift sideways instead of turning, so my trainer got on her for about 15-20 minutes for a tune-up (one of my most favorite things -- I full believe that 15-20 minutes with a good rider is better than 3 hours with a poor rider)

So I got back on her and we trotted back and forth a bit -- I am finding my seat better and getting better about sitting with my knee's facing forward instead of outwards and still keeping my legs on her.

My trainer said I need to work on that, because Dixie has gotten used to being able to sway her body in any direction she wants because I am not controlling her the way I should.
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    02-18-2014, 01:28 PM
Ohh -- she was also keeping her nose up and doing the angry trot and trying to pound me to death -- trainer worked with her on that as well
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    02-25-2014, 12:03 PM

Took off of work 30 minutes early and was able to get a 45 minute ride out of her yesterday -- things went well

She is still acting up and drifting ( as well as trying to pull the reins out of my hands -- but not as bad.

She gave up this time after 2-3 minutes instead of 10 minutes of fighting like last time

She has 2 problem areas in the pasture right now --- one near corner where the barn/buddies start getting out of sight, and one far corner 50 yards from the road near where the neighbros horses adjoining fence is

Working through it slowly at a walk right now, eventually I would like to work on body control

I had last week and this week off of lessons, so I am kind of coming up with my own homework at this point. Next Lesson is March 9th.

I figure getting her past this stubborn phase she is going through would be a huge help -- so I need to figure out how to get her to stop drifting and stop trying to pull the reins out of my hands.

    02-26-2014, 09:34 AM
No suggestions, but interesting reading. Please keep updating when you can
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    02-27-2014, 09:16 PM
Came home early and went riding, I figured leg yielding would help a lot with the problems I am having

She is still drifting and being stubborn

We had a lot of success today, and just when I was on my way to go put her up for the stay -- she starting being a butt again -- so I headed back out to the pasture and used leg pressure to squeeze her side-to-side through some cones

Thought it would be a good idea to trot out and then trot back

Turned right, her front left leg seemed to crumple (she actually stumbled) and I had about half a second to decide whether or not she was going to actually fall or recover --- I 100% believed she was going to fall all the way down and maybe break my leg

So I bailed in the direction I was going ,,, to her outside ... I tucked my shoulder and landed hard on the backside of my hip/lower back --- pain ... lots of pain ... some burn ... all in all that sucked

I am completely open to suggestions on anti-flamatories or analgesic cocktails?

Anyone have any tips on how to tell if a horse is really going to fall?
    02-27-2014, 09:21 PM
Oooh .. and I am drinking this glorious polish drink called krupnik

Made with honey, lemon, cinamon, all spice, orange, and everclear -- mixed with ginger ale
    02-27-2014, 11:52 PM
Ouch! But the krupnik sounds like its helping
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