Saturday, November 26, 2011

Roz meets Pants

Roz got to meet Pants today! I hauled Roz up to NDF so that April and I could ride together. It was fun to watch someone else ride Roz and they looked great together!  We had also talked about ponying Pants with Roz. April had already done some ponying with Bailey and Pants so it wasn't the first time he had done it. Both the boys were very well behaved! Here are photos and a short video.

The weather was gorgeous today and Roz got to spend the day naked

He was trying to figure out why I brought the trailer....

Meeting Pants for the first time

Pants was busy doing his "baby mouth"

Sweet ponies
I put Roz's stocking up too! 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Awesome Weekend

So far, I am having a great weekend. Yesterday was a really nice day spent with family and friends, after getting up early to ride Roz and hand walk Rhythm. Roz has been really good the past 2 days. He feels so good since getting his feet fixed up. I also bought him a different snaffle bit about a month ago and he is going really well in it. I have really been working on getting him to move off my leg. He tends to really ignore it and I realized today that his shoulders want to fall to the right. When tracking right I am working on asking him to stand back up on his shoulder, rather than leaning. To the left I have been straightening and catching his shoulders by doing a little bit of counter flexion, then true flexion and back to counter flexion when I feel them slip away. He has been really forward in my rides this week and I have been having a lot of fun on him.




This picture was taken just over a year ago. Besides the different hair cut I think he looks about the same.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blessings

With Thanksgiving tomorrow I wanted to talk about some of the things I am thankful for (in no particular order).  
Of course I am thankful for Rozzy Ridge
And we LOVE Tarra and Mystic 

Pants has been an amazing blessing in our lives
The Pony Express
I'm thankful for the opportunity to ride Rhythm Head
I am SO thankful for Mary and Rheiny!

And my wonderful family
And of course my Annie May
What would we do with out April and Never Done Farms!
I'm thankful for the time I got to spend riding G. Dude

I'm thankful that I got to help Miss Pretty out and find her a good new home in less than 2 months

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pie's Blog

For those of you that knew Pie when I owned him, his new mom has started a blog for him. Here is the link http://www.piesblog.com/
Comparing size with Tarra and Tolo

Cantering down the beach- We LOVE beach trips!

Gorgeous

This trip was so much fun, Pie was a star

Ponying Pie on the cross country course with Roz

Roz teaching Pie how to splash

Dirty Pie

Looking healthier 

A lovely fall day with Erica as our photographer

Such a handsome face

Horse Addiction

Horses are great; I absolutely love them. But honestly....it makes no logical sense to own or ride horses. They cost way too much money and just as much time. Although we often experience our greatest highs with them we just as often experience our greatest lows with them. This past week has definitely brought that out with not only Rhythm getting hurt but Mystic too.

 I'm currently at a real in-between point with horses and am trying to figure out the next step. I have been with out my own riding horse (not counting Roz) for almost a year. I would love to get a hardy large pony such as a haflinger or welsh cob but they seem to be few and far between and are also quite pricey. I have come to the conclusion in the last couple of weeks that I do not want to start over with a horse right now, in terms of training. I'd like to find something that's doing at first/second level not intro/training.  I feel like I have spent so much time in the intro/training area and I want to move on. :) Unfortunately, with more training comes a bigger price tag. So where does that leave me? Right where I have been for almost a year. I plan to continue riding Rhythm once he is better, and we'll see where we end up. Right now "my" horse stall is sub-leased to Tarra and I really don't want to kick her out anyway. If another horse in the barn leaves I would be inclined to find something to lease so I can keep my stall, but I don't know how easy that will be. I guess I will cross that bridge when I come to it. I'd love to have a horse to show this summer!!! Tarra sent me this horse a little while ago and I ran across him again tonight. He looks like he would be a blast. Sprite I guess I am still looking for either a pony (somewhat regardless of training if it has talent) or more of a schoolmaster type horse. 

In other news, I rode Rozzy Ridge today and he was great. He's so full of personality it surprises me sometimes. He's really a pony in a horse body. I saw Erin when I first got to the barn and she said he has been pretty spunky this week. I told her it was probably just the crisp cold weather we have gotten. I tacked the silly boy up and off we went to the barn. As we walked down the road he tossed his head and jigged as cars went by; normally he just plods along. He was nicely forward under saddle and I really worked on getting him to move off of my leg. Erin has been struggling with him falling in on his circles, especially at the canter. He was actually pretty good and after a couple strong reminders he was working well. I moved on to schooling leg yields with him. I can really feel the riding that I have been doing on Rhythm paying off. I had a couple of so-so leg yields and finally fixed my circle leading to my leg yield. Suddenly I really had him and when we turned off the wall he gave me a really nice leg yield. It was very cool! I am planning to ride him a few times over the next week and will hopefully get him tuned up for Erin. 

Once we got home I cleaned him up and put one of Roxy's old blankets on him. I wanted a couple of pictures of him in it so when I let him go I followed him outside. Below is the nasty face he gave me as I approached. He was definitely telling me he had already worked once and did not plan to be caught and bothered again. What a naughty boy! That is so part of his personality though and if I had wanted to catch him it would have been just fine. 
Cranky face

Sporting his hand-me-down from Roxanne
I got to hang out with Pants this evening and he is so adorable. I definitely love that pony! April walked him with Rhythm and I tonight. We traded horses so April could watch how adorable Pants is. He arched his cute neck and was trucking right along back to the barn. He puts a smile on my face every time I see him. He's going to be a very fancy dressage pony. I will have to get more pictures again soon. He was 7 months old yesterday!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hand walking....

We went from an awesome lesson, to trail riding, to hand walking... Rhythm hurt himself in the pasture on Sunday. I went out to ride him on Sunday afternoon and found him dragging his toe along on his left leg. His hock was swollen and he was quite lame on it. The vet check him out on Monday and think he just has a soft tissue injury with 5-10 day recovery period. He is being hand walked and cold hosed twice a day. He is definitely much less lame on it now but it still has a lot of swelling and I do think he is sore on it. Hopefully he will get better quickly. Tarra's pony, Mystic, hurt his mouth yesterday, possibly breaking his jaw. He is hand walking with us too, since he is staying inside until his jaw is xrayed. At least we have a buddy to walk with. :)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Rockstar Trail Pony

Tarra and I went trail riding today and we had so much fun!!! We have really nice trail access close to the barn and we were both looking forward to spending some times on the trail. Once out we quickly passed the area where we normally turn around. We decided to continue since we had time and the weather was decent. There is supposed to be some sort of cut through trail that will make a loop back to the forest entrance rather than having to retrace the same trail. The first "shortcut" we found was a dead end...and so was the second... Finally we decided we just needed to start following any trails that led down hill since at some point we should reach a main road. We wandered through an area that they had been logging, then came across some guys walking with a their dogs, and finally saw another "shortcut" looking trail. It was actually marked as a walking/horse trail so we began following that down the hill. At one point it made a 90 degree right turn right through a small stream. It wasn't the most inviting crossing and Rhythm wasn't so sure he wanted to go across. We waited for the poky pony (Mystic) to catch up to see if he would go first. He wasn't very hot on the idea and Rhythm ended up leading across the stream. I was so impressed! We finally made it out to the road and were several entrances down from where we had entered the forest.  I'm guessing we covered 12ish miles today on the poor ponies. Rhythm was so awesome. He led the whole way and was quite brave. I rode him on the buckle probably 85 percent of the time we were out there with out any trouble. I wish I would have had my camera with me. We saw some gorgeous scenery today! 
A cell phone shot of Tarra and Mystic in the beautiful forest

I hadn't gotten a chance to ride since Tuesday because my cousin got married on Friday and I was helping with the wedding. It was a lot of fun but it's also nice to have it done. Here are a few photos.

Heading over to Albany for nails and make-up. Melody has always wanted a mustang so she drove Pony Express
Pedicures

Pretty nails-which I already messed up at the barn today!
Cute purses all lined up at the house

Getting ready


Pretty purple toes and gold shoes


Bridesmaids- We are all related through birth or marriage

Melody and I


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Linebacker to Ballerina

Rhythm was awesome last night for my lesson! I am learning so much. We were joking around that Rhythm learning to do dressage is like a linebacker trying to become a ballerina. Even though it has been a struggle at times he is really getting it!

We worked on shoulder-in again and it was so much better! We started to really put different things together, such as leg-yield, to shoulder-in, trot lengthening and then back again. We also continued to work on lengthening and collecting the canter, walk to canter transitions, and even tried a canter to walk transition. The canter to walk transition actually worked out well for us and we got a canter to halt instead.
We also did a some counter canter which was really hard.  The first two times we moved across the diagonal I lost the canter in the corner. The third time I rode his right side a lot stronger and we got it!

I feel like I am physically getting stronger and able to ride more effectively. Tarra taped most of my lesson and in watching it back I was struck by how easy it is beginning to look. It's amazing how much work you can be putting in to something and yet and can look effortless. Rhythm is getting a lot easier to ride as he is getting lighter through his front end and not nearly as strong in the bridle as he was. It continues to surprise me how much continual use of my leg I need to do things well. I feel like I am getting a little bit more coordinated with using my legs while sitting the trot which is a major plus. Overall I was really pleased with my lesson and I am looking forward to our continued progress through the winter.

Lesson Video from November 7th

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Hair Cut

I haven't posted in almost a week but I have actually been riding a lot. I rode Roz on Monday, Rhythm on Tuesday, Mystic on Wednesday, lunged Jubilee on Thursday, and then took last night off. I am always tired by the end of the week but I was super duper tired last night. I got up around 8 this morning and went out to the barn to clip Roz. Last weekend I did his neck, but I decided that it really wasn't enough. He is getting pretty sweaty and gross each time we ride and that becomes a major pain. He's such a good boy. I barely had him tied, and he stood quietly for a solid hour for me to clip him. I took him down to the barn for a ride this afternoon and he was a wild child! I'm not sure what I do but I bring out the crazy in this pony. :) I rode him in his loose ring snaffle instead of the twisted full cheek snaffle I have ridden him in the last couple of times we jumped. I definitely should have gone with the bigger bit. He was charging around our fences but I was actually happy to have him be so eager about it. He was nailing his leads over every fence and felt just like he used to. It was quite fun! The plan is to take him to a hunter/jumper show in a couple weeks so I am really making an effort to jump him on the weekends when I ride. 
Isn't he handsome?!

Such a photogenic pony

I took his tack off after riding so that he could roll while I took fences down

Instead he just stood by the gate...wishing he could go home

Still waiting for my slow mom