Saturday, January 29, 2011

We got to....

See Baby Pants move!!! Last night Roxy was getting brushed and we got down to her tummy and it jumped! I was called over and got to see it again. Apparently we wore the poor little thing out because we didn't see any more.  I tried poking at him a bit but he didn't do anything else. Roxy stood happily in the middle of her stall wondering what we were doing. Silly pony. It was a very neat experience. Now we are going to have to start taking her blanket off more often so we can see him move.

I also had a dream two nights ago that we got to do one of those really cool 3D ultrasounds they are now doing with people. We could actually see the whole baby. He had all of his legs and a super cute face. I couldn't tell if he had four white socks or not but I bet he did! :)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Shopping

I have all sorts of things I plan to buy for Roxanne when she becomes a working pony again. Here are some of the things I like...
A smart pink blanket

A dessage bridle

A pink leather halter?! 

I love this purple pad. So pretty!

I also plan to buy her either a pink or puple browband. She's going to be so cute!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Roxy and I have been awarded with the stylish blogger award from Marissa at Tucker the Wunderkind, thank you! Apparently there are rules after your receive this award....

The Rules:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!


7 things about myself


1)  I just finished my first week at a new job!!! 
2) I just sold one of my three horses so I am back down to two. I seem to have a weakness for bay thoroughbreds. Although having two is a bit more manageable for me than three
3) I love pink and purple
4) I have to copy Marissa's #4 which is that I keep a very clean tack locker, trailer etc. But....I am not the tidiest with my own bedroom.
5) I coach a high school equestrian team, that has grown from one rider, to 2, to 6!
6) I really really want a sport pony to show in dressage and a little bit of eventing. My preference would be a welsh cob but I also think haflingers are adorable.
7) I'm blanking on a final thing about myself. Maybe some of my friends can come up with something! :) 


I'm changing this from "new blogs" to my most read blogs


A Dream Come True
Rescues to Ribbons
Cross Country Dreamin
I is Roxie
The Many Misadventures
The Polka Dot Periodical
Super Size My Cob
Eventing a Gogo
Tucker the Wunderkind
Laura Goes to Vet School

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pictures

Here are Roxy's 8 month pictures!

At 8 months the baby should be 19-33lbs, 20-32 inches long, and hair beginning on mane and tail, first hair on external ears, back and legs. He's getting cuter! :)

Roxy checking out Mystic again last night.

Checking out the pretty mare in the mirror

Front view

Side view

Last month....I definitely think she is looking bigger!



Wednesday, January 19, 2011

3 months to go

Roxy is at 8 months today. We took new pictures and I will post them tomorrow. Hard to believe that we are down to 3 months. It seems like just yesterday that we were only 3 months in to the whole thing. I am so looking forward to meeting the little critter. Roxy was adorable for her photos today. She seemed to so enjoy her grooming prior her pictures and then loved the attention while taking them. She is such a love bug!

Monday, January 17, 2011

New buddy

We said goodbye to Pie this week. He moved to Washington to become an event pony. Unfortunately I just have not had enough time to devote to him. Now that we are getting closer to Roxy foaling I would like to have more time to spend with her, and I am excited for the opportunity to ride some well schooled horses.

Because of Pie leaving Tarra was able to sub-lease my stall at the barn and Mystic moved in tonight. Tarra and I have not boarded together for almost 2 years! It will be so fun to be able to ride together again! I can't wait.

I also start a new job tomorrow! I am every excited for all of the neat changes that have taken place already this year.

 Roxy meeting Mystic
 Pretty girl
 Peeking over the wall to see Tarra, Mystic and I. If she was Miss. Potato head she would have taken her eyes out to peek over the wall. LOL 
Uncle Bailey checking out Mystic, so cute!

On another note Roz is getting ready to do OHSET. He will be doing equitation over fences and will also be a fill in for some western events. Here is a video of him and Tarra practicing yesterday. Erin had a lesson on him today and he was AWESOME! We are all looking forward to this next show season.



Friday, January 14, 2011

Good horses

Today I clipped Roz's neck again. I clipped him in late October and his coat has grown out a lot since then. I was very glad to see that, as last year I clipped him and only had to do it once because his hair grew SO slowly. I was wondering if something was wrong with him....but it appears that is not the case. :) While clipping him I started to think about how many amazing things we can do with horses. It's incredible to me that we can get a roughly 1000lb animal to stand quietly while we use noisy, vibrating clippers to remove their hair!  And clipping is only the tip of the iceberg. We can teach them so many things and they will carry us almost anywhere we want to go. I for one am thankful to have the amazing opportunity to interact with these lovely animals.


This afternoon I had a great lesson on Bailey.  Bailey is a lot of fun to ride, with a big bouncy trot and a great work ethic. We worked to solidify the things we have been doing in my lessons on Rainy. Riding inside leg to a strong outside rein. This has been hard for my because I tend to be "wimpy" in my hands, and light with my leg. I need to be more active in using my legs and more firm with my hands. I am also working on have a correct position all the time. Tonight I felt some really good moments where things came together. I am looking forward to continuing to improve my riding and getting to ride some very nice horses!!! 


Thought for the day: For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. Psalms 84:11

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Princess

I rescued Roxy from the snow today. She really doesn't love bad weather. When I first got to the barn she was standing with her butt to the wind and her head on the ground. I went out to the pasture calling for her. She started walking over to me but had her head tipped funny. At first I was concerned that she injured herself but then I could tell that it was just because she was trying to keep the snow off of her face. Silly girl! 

Picture quality isn't great since it was taken on my cell phone.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Riding more effectively

One of my main goals for 2011 is to become an effective rider. This is something that I am finding to be very difficult. I have ridden for many years and have considered myself a "good" rider. But....I am now seeing so many things I do wrong. Riding well takes consistent effort, not zoning out or going on auto pilot. I am very blessed to have found an amazing instructor to help me to become better. I have been given the opportunity to ride some lovely horses and I am really looking forward to seeing where I end up at the end of the year. Hopefully I will be much more effective in my riding.

One of the main things I am learning (and being told :) is that your position is a HUGE part of your riding. Often I have felt like my horse just wasn't working with me but in reality I am in their way! How frustrating that must be to have someone asking you to do something you don't understand how to do anyway, and then having them get in your way or not being there to assist you. I had a really clear example of this last week when I was riding Pie. I have struggled to get his left lead and that night was no different. He picked up the incorrect one several times before I settled him back into the trot and tried to think about how I could "fix" it. One of the things I thought about was how in my lesson I needed to really be bringing my body around the circle to the left. I changed just a small part in my position, asked for the canter and guess what!?! He got the left lead! I only tried it once because I didn't want to get in a fight if he didn't get it again. The next day I was riding him, thought about my position, asked for the canter and again he got the left lead for me. All of this time we have been struggling and if I would have just been riding him better he would have been fine. Poor boy.

I am going to be down a riding horse with in the next week, and I really plan to use this time to ride some schooled horses who can help me become a better rider with a more effective position. I need to work on riding in a shoulder-in feel, asking the inside hind to be stepping underneath and riding into my outside rein. It's amazing how great things feel when I can get it all together. I am also hopeful this will pay off when I begin to ride Roxy again. She is VERY easily frustrated and can imagine she will go better when I give her fewer mixed signals.  The good thing is that riding is really a journey and I have many years to improve my riding. I would say I am better now than I was a couple years ago, and better then than I was before that. I just need to keep moving in the forward direction. :)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010

It's hard to believe I have been writing on this blog for a whole year. Tarra and I started them as a way to track our horse adventures. Although this year didn't go quite as planned there have still been plenty of fun adventures and learning along the way.

I broke my foot

I graduated from college

Tarra and Tolo went to OHSET State

Erin and Roz went to their first show

And cross country schooling for the first time

I got Pie!

And Tarra got Mystic

I got to go to Dover in TEXAS
Got to cheer on Mary and Rainy as they tackled second and third level


And in the life of Roxy

Roxy started really learning how to jump and we joined the Event Team at Oregon State University

We got a new dressage saddle to take the place of the one that was messing up her back
We went to our first dressage clinic


We went to our second dressage show. Although Roxanne was a bit naughty I had a lady on a lovely warmblood tell me what a gorgeous mare she is and that she has a great canter!

Finally, after some very naughty behavior that we narrowed down to being a painful response,  Roxy was leased and bred for an April 2011 foal. 


And so Roxanne has spent the last several months lounging around the pasture with her "Uncle" Bailey, allowing the baby time to grow.
We are all anxiously awaiting the arrival of "Baby Pants." This next year should be filled with stories and pictures as the foal is born and as it grows. I am planning to put Roxy back to work this summer to see if time has allowed her to heal (and maybe grow up a bit too! :)  2011 should be a great year!