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post #1 of 44 Old 10-22-2014, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Talking 2014-2015 Fall & Winter Training

I PROMISE I WILL STICK TO THIS! haha

If I don't I give up and will stop posting lol

I feel a new sense of empowerment with Ollie, successful ride under us, learned new information about the booger and new friends to ride with as well as a new coach addition!

So many new things for us!

I already got the first (hopefully only) fall of the year out of the way on Sunday so we can start fresh!

Today Ollie got his head in the game over trot poles, canter poles a cavaletti bounce, a single canter pole and single cavaletti!

Made a small little circular course out of and he had quiet a fun time with it!
I am hoping to really make a little jumper out of him and my main goal is to start competing him in jumpers.

So here is to this fall and then this winter and then we will see what's going on then!
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post #2 of 44 Old 10-22-2014, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Between the ear pictures 10/21/14

Here is some life between the ear shots, on our way to and back from our ride today. Beautiful fall day! I love my prince and I love our home!
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post #3 of 44 Old 10-22-2014, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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10/22 Rain Rain Rain and MORE Rain + a job interview!

Wish me luck! Going in for a job interview, not on island sadly so I would still have commuting costs but I wouldn't have to drive my gas guzzler of a suv! I can drive to the ferry, walk on the boat, get on a bus when I get to seattle and then another short bus ride after that! Saves me loads of money monthly!

To drive my car 5 days a week off the island costs me close to $300 each month not including gas!

That is board three times over, that is a lotof hay I can buy with that, that is a lot of gas I can buy!, Tack.....a month of lessons, so many things!


Also it's raining- like pouring all day today and for the next few days. I am very much hoping to at least have light rain fall at some point so I can ride!!
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post #4 of 44 Old 10-24-2014, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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10/23

Rain has escalated to HAIL today and a supposed thunder storm that never happened but this weather was just so nasty!

So no riding sadly but a good grooming snuggles and some extra hay <3

Tomorrow I am hoping to get out for a quick 20 min hack and then out to
seattle to get my hair done (birthday present from my wonderful mother)

Then chaperoning a youth event back home

So excited to get my hair done. But I also need to get hay UGH That means I have to clean out my car! boy oh boy!
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post #5 of 44 Old 10-24-2014, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Holy crap busy day 10/24

WOW so my amazing mother got me a early birthday present of a spa day and getting my hair all done!

Called first thing to get an apt today and sure enough I AM IN! whoo!

I have to go pick up a couple bales of hay for the beasty - he has already been lightly lunged as he is not getting 3 whole days off! He was a happy boy!

My appointments will keep me busy ALL afternoon and then a quick bus and ferry ride home to take care of the pony change clothes and Ill be all set to go chaperon a VARSA event until 1am!
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post #6 of 44 Old 10-26-2014, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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Oct 26th STORMY

ugh this weather is too much! Although its stopped pouring for the moment. Huge wind storm last night!

Got the date for jump day - Nov 15th 9AM and working int two divisions - trot poles/18'' then moving up to 2'2'6 division and see how that goes! Im hoping my friend who takes great pics will be there!

Super cute picture of my boyfriend and I when we where carving pumpkins last night and then this morning - Ollie making a mad dash fro his pasture ...hPPY BOY!
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Here Comes the Sun 10/26

Well the sun came out and I was able to throw Oliver out on the lung and get some work out of him! I MUST GET A LUNGE WHIP haha

He was a good boy and we worked for about 30 minutes. Nothing special but transitions and just getting him up and moving forward. Hoping I will be able to do that again tomorrow!

He scored two bags of carrots at the store tonight :)

I upped his hay to 2 flakes AM and PM and will be picking up some BP here soon to add into his grain.

The wind storm last night was crazy and had branches all over his paddock and glad Chris came with me this morning case there was a 12 fir branch that was about 8-10 inches thick that he had to pull out of the way to let him out of the paddock.

So we have to fun November dates! Jump day at the park on the 15th and 1st lesson with a new coach at the end of of the month! Cant wait!
On to the cute pictures!
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post #8 of 44 Old 10-27-2014, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Good boy! Straightness achieved! 10/27

Such a good da, started out with a 20 minute lung warm up and we really got in the rhythm of things. He was so in tune to my body language and voice commands. I used my dressage whip and that was better then nothing - the sound of it seemed to help!


Then I got on and worked my body and relaxing my shoulers into my hands, without breaking my wrists. did lots of 15 - 10 meter walk cricles slowly- asking him to keep his shoulders coming around while stepping under and staying on my outside rein and off my inside leg while I sat tall and around my turn and planned for a trot trantition out of it and things went very very well.

With the canter we really had to do a lot of canter...I was not going to let him go down tense and was committed to him softening and supplying his top line from pushing from behind - no bracing allowed if we where to trot and to come out correctly and not racing and braced all over the place. Again this went well but like I said it was a lot of work in the canter and I had to really focus on looking over my right shoulder on the left lead and fallowing with my arms and sitting deep yet fallow in a light manner.


Over all I feel like it was a good day for both of us and hope again tomorrow to fallow the today's ride. Then head up to the park Wednesday and have my boyfriend watch us go over poles and smaller 18'' cross rails.
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11/1/14

So I didn't get to ride today because I was simply so out of it and tired.

Yesterday though - Halloween, I had an amazing ride up at the horse park. Worked on our lead departures to and from trot and he was so good.

A little hot as I hadn't let him out in the pasture due to the crazy downpours we where having, so slick in the pasture! The letter cones that should have been up right where knocked down and of course they where so scary!

Really hoping to start working on lateral work before my lesson at the end of the month! UGH

I think my arms are relaxing and loosening up!

14 days until our jump day!
3 weeks until our lesson!
6 almost 5 now days until my BIRTHDAY!
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Rainy Ride 11/3/2014

Today was a productive day!

My friend has a few horses that always need to be ridden and so we figure that throughout the week we will meet up at either one of the barns her client horses are at or her personal horses are at and ride together!

SO today we rode with Pip - a 5 year old spicy and very fun Connemara mare!

I rode 10 minutes down the rode to her clients barn and we went on a trail ride through Misty Isle and up to the horse park where we worked for 25 minutes.

I realized I need to buy spurs again as I cant find mine and my awesome nunn-finer rubber spur straps! Someone was very sluggish but still good.

Again worked on canter departs in and out of the trot, some stretchy trot circle and had some fabulous walk to trot transitions!

My arms where soft and moving with him, my leg was wrapped around and I slipped my outside left back just a little in the walk and BAM canter all of a sudden, was not the pretties transition but I was not asking for it, just re adjusting myself and did so a little to much I guess, I had to stop myself from getting after him and just go with it cause he was really listening to my body and trying to do what it was asking and had a couple very nice canter 20 meter circles!

Such a very very good boy!

Here is a cute picture of the two kiddos together!
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