Sunday, December 4, 2016

Pure Joy (and a lot of mud)

There are not a lot of words needed for this one. Roz had an absolute blast on Saturday morning. The silly boy doesn't think it's possible to be too muddy. I on the other hand can't wait to give him a bath in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Right Direction

Progress has less to do with speed and more to do with direction.

Emi and I have been struggling recently. A few hard rides and a tough lesson left me a little down. Then we went to the trail course and had a wonderful time. Since then we have had two good rides. One of those was tonight, when we completed ride #60. I think we are back on track and ready for clinic with JW next weekend!

Besides a change of scenery on Saturday, I started her back on a calming supplement. Between the weather change and the shorter days she just seemed to be on edge. It may be just a coincidence that she's been way more settled since starting the supplement...but either way I'm taking it!

I was reflecting tonight on the progress we have made. Sometimes it feels like we aren't moving very fast, but when I look back I can see how fast it has really gone. She's gone from a brand new foal to knowing how to halter, lead, groom, load, tie, stand for the farrier, bath, clip, pony, lunge, and now ride. Speaking of clipping, I clipped her bridle path a few nights ago and she was the best she has ever been. I did still twitch her but I think we are almost to the point where I can do it with out the twitch. I'd say we are heading in the right direction! 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

We Needed It

Emi and I got to go the Oregon Horse Center mountain trail course today. We did the same thing last year...with one major difference. I got to ride her this year! 
What a difference a year can make!
I led her through the course for about 15 minutes before putting her bridle on and mounting. She walked around quietly and navigated the obstacles with out a problem.

Love that beautiful, curious expression. 

Once bridled she stood still to be mounted and off we went. I wasn't sure how confident she would be once I was on her back.  I was able to successfully navigate almost the whole thing with out any assistance. We called upon Scotty for a lead through the water and also around the teepee village area. We also spent some time following Scotty around as a mental break for Emi.

Our first riding obstacle! 

Taking in the sights
The bridge was no problem for this girl!
A lead from Scotty made the water a little more approachable. 
I love the moment this one captures. Emi was unsure of traveling up this trail with me riding her. Cindy caught a great moment where I was petting her for going forward like I had asked. 
Another bridge over a corner of the water

Scotty showing her around the "village"
Taking a mental break while following Scotty around
There was a lot of activity but Emi was really calm and focused (not to mention willing). She did seriously consider taking me swimming (again) but I managed to get her out of the water before that happened. At the end of our ride I took her back up on the big box. She hadn't wanted to come down from it very well the first time I rode her on it. It was connected to a bridge sort of thing and she had ended up stepping down on the bridge and then stepping down to the ground. The second time I rode her up on it and sat quietly at the top. I waited to see if she would try to turn to step back on to the bridge but she instead took a good look at the drop in front of her and hopped down with out a problem. I promptly stopped her and got off, making a big fuss over what a smart girl she is.

We haven't been having the best of rides at home so a successful outing was just what we needed. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Wish List

In no particular order - this is my current horse wish list. 

1) A cool Deco Pony stall sign like Amber got for Jetta. Can you say "Winterlake Emerald" in navy, purple and/or teal? 

 2) A neck rope - I hope to start riding Emi bridle-less by the summer. 

3) A navy fly bonnet with lots of bling. A girl from our barn has this in black and I love it!

4) A rolling hay bag to take to shows next year. 
5) A new tail brush

With a tail like that you can never have too many! 
6) Slow feed hay bag to try in place of my current hay nets. 

7) The new Majyk Equip dressage boots. Cob Jockey sings their praises so I guess it's time I figure out what all of the hype is about.

What's on your list? 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

There's always so much to be thankful for and these two are high on my list.  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you get plenty of horse time this weekend. Emi and I are making our annual trip to the mountain trail course on Saturday and I'm really looking forward to getting out with her. 

Also, if you want more shopping money, head over to Equinpilot to enter her contest!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wordless Wednesday - Rozzy Ridge

Finally getting around to posting some photos taken on Veteran's Day.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

4th Annual Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange

My "Preparing for Christmas" post was timely with the announcement of the 4th Annual Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange, hosted by Tracy at Fly on Over. Check it out! Last year was my first year participating and I had a blast. I'm looking forward to it again this year.

My awesome gift from last year...