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VanillaBean 04-12-2012 12:29 PM

The ways of my Wild Ones
Soooo...I have been wanting to start one of these for a long time now. So here it is!

A bit of backround - I have three horses. Sheena, Grace, and Johnny..well..two really. Johnny is my mom's, and he is the spawn of satan.

I got Grace (13 year old, 16.3h TB mare) last June. She was very thin and came from a sporthorse dealer. Not the best situation, but I could tell we were meant for each other. I have no idea why I was so attracted to her; she was pretty ugly when we went to check her out, but I think it was her movement. Even with little weight and muscle she moved like an angel. Now she has all of her weight back, and we are starting our lives together. I am hoping to event her Beginner Novice this tear, and go onto Novice and Training once she is ready.

I have had Sheena aka Bean (18 year old, 14.2h Arab x Welshie) for 7 years. She was our first horse and she is awesome. She started out s a trail horse, then once I started riding her, I switched to Hunters, then finally we found our true calling - EVENTING!! Our first event was Elementary level (2') and we came second. Last year we went Beginner Novice and got second was really a tie for first. The tie-breaker was the collective marks. The other girl had one more point than me. It was an amazing day and I couldn't have been more proud of her.

Johnny...where to begin? He is an evil little monkey face. He has an attitude like no other and knows how to use it. He is my mom's trail pony but I do alot of work with him to make him OK for mom to ride. At the moment we are dealing with random rearing fits...(He is a 12 year old, 14h, 100% Foundation QH)


(April 12, 2012)

Was going to ride Grace this morning but the stupid sky decided to rain just enough to make the grass in my riding area too slippery for my liking. So I took Bean out on a trail ride. We got lost, ran into trees, slipped in know the fun trail riding stuff! On the way back she was a total disaster. Just going like totally wild. I took a stop at a field about 1/2 mile from the trail and worked her for a bit, trotting circles and figure eights. She chilled out a little, but not a whole lot. She is just getting back into work so I understand...kinda.

I have a clinic with an eventer from around here on May 20th with Grace that I cannot wait for. It will be my first time riding with this person. I have seen her teach and ride before and she's really good.

That's all for now! I have a feeling I will be writing in here a lot. Hopefully someone will read it! :)

VanillaBean 04-12-2012 12:33 PM

VanillaBean 04-15-2012 12:00 PM

April 15, 2012

Rode the John this morning. He was pretty good; had some really nice moments. Thinking about barrel racing him, but it probably won't happen.

I went out to the barn and ended up holding a salt block for 15 minutes while Grace licked it. She is so cute! I have a dressage lesson at 2:30 today; very excited!

I rode Sheena Bean yesterday, and her headshaking wasn't bad at all. I now have her on Magnesium and Melatonin now. I think that's why she's been a bit better.

Hopefully I will have some pictures form the lesson later!

VanillaBean 04-21-2012 09:03 AM

April 20, 2012 (Yesterday)

Only rode Grace today. She was absolutely amazing. I think it was one of our best rides ever. I got her to go into the beautiful working walk nice and collected and just so energetic.

Her trots were just as amazing. She was just working from behind like a champ, and bending when I asked. She wasn't trying to suck back in or go behind the vertical.

...Then her CANTERS! Got her leads every time, nice and forward, energetic, and not dive-y at all. I could have ridden that canter all day.

I forgot about lesson pictures from the 15th! I will see what I can find.

VanillaBean 04-21-2012 09:07 AM

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...Guess we only got one picture...the rest are videos.


VanillaBean 04-21-2012 09:58 PM

April 21

Gracie was wonderful today. Same great w.t.c , awesome bending, and jumping! We jumped a straight rail and she was so good. First time she wanted to rush so I pulled her up and tried again. She went into the nicest little teacup canter and jumped like a total pro. I hoses her off after the ride and noticed that she is erupting in beautiful dapples. She sure is going to be an eye-catcher!

Sheen Bean was pretty good as well. Did some trot work and then headed out to the road. Went to the pond, but a bunch of people were there so we turned back. We galloped il the road and raced cars and motorcycles. It was so much fun!

The John was awesome! Did some canter poles and he only tried to rear once. I'm not sure if he was going to go through with it anyway.

Forgot to mention...I put Grace in Sheena's favorite dressage bit (French link baucher) which she seems to be loving. Had our best rides ever in it so...I think it's working!

VanillaBean 04-22-2012 05:12 PM

April 22

I rode Grace today. She was awesome. The bit switch seems to have made a huge differene. She used to bob her head at the walk like she was trying to get away from something; today, with the new bit, NO head bobbing. I couldn't believe it!

Her jumping from the trot was perfect. Nice slow and relaxed approach with a calm take-off and easy canter after. Her canter jumps were a bit wild...her approach was good, but then the last 2 strides she puts her head up and goed all rigid. I started flexing her more to the base of the fence, and she got a bit better. It didn't help that I was feeling like I was going to pass out the whole time...-_-

It's supposed to rain for a few days, which is really going to stunt our training. Oh well, we'll push through!

VanillaBean 04-23-2012 01:03 PM

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UGH, the rain has rained. SO much rain...My riding area is swamped. I probably won't be able to ride for about a week. How ever will I survive? It really does figure; right when me and Grace have a breakthrough and she's been SOOOO good every ride...

I hate rain.

Poor Sheena Bean was shivering when I went out to feed this morning (she stays out at night, but has a huge run-in that she shares with John). Had to bundle her up and put her inside; she was totally dry, though. No one else was cold, luckily.

Did I mention that I hate rain?

Some pictures of my soaked riding area -_-

Gallop On 04-24-2012 06:09 PM

Have read all of your entries so far, and am excited for the new entries to come! I LOVE hearing about your ponys!!!


Originally Posted by VanillaBean (Post 1451087)
Johnny...where to begin? He is an evil little monkey face.

Baha ^^^ This made me laugh xD

VanillaBean 04-24-2012 06:28 PM

Yay glad you are reading! ...and that about John, it's just so true!

April 24

I have decided after a lot of thinking and debating to retire Sheena Bean from showing. Her headshaking has not been getting much better with the mess, answering my greatest fears. It cannot be fixed. It is a stress reaction and she just can't handle it anymore. I rode her today and we just galloped and galloped for miles. She was happy and free.

The riding area is still much too wet, so i didn't ride Grace today. ..and she is coming into heat -_- she gets so attitudy and hates me touching her.

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