Sunday, March 27, 2016

Riding Again

It's been a little over two weeks since Benny left which is how long it has been since I've ridden. Yesterday I got the opportunity to ride one of KB's school horses; a 25 year old TB gelding. Copper is straight forward and fun to ride. After my time on him I got to ride another one of KB's horses....and I'm so sore today! I cannot believe how quickly I got out of riding shape. I'm sore through my legs, my back and my abs. Unbelievable!

I rode Copper again today and I'm so happy to be back in the saddle. Not only do I want to be ready to ride Emi but my lesson with Cardi is (hopefully) coming up in a couple of months. I don't want to be out of shape when I get the opportunity to ride my favorite horse!  

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Satisfying

It's lovely to ride a well trained horse but there is nothing quite like bringing along a young or green horse. The progress comes more quickly and is so much easier to appreciate which is especially satisfying.

Emi and I had our second lesson tonight and she was super! I'm not counting on it....but if she continues to be this "easy" I'll be beyond thrilled. To start we re-addressed some of the in hand work we started with last time. Standing still with Emi keeping her nose to herself, walking quietly slightly behind me, stopping when I stop etc. She was doing this very nicely so KB asked if she would back up if I backed up. The answer to that was yes, along with yielding her forehand away from me with out me having to touch her. These are all things I have worked on with her before so they were easy to do.

Once finished checking in on those skills we moved on to lunging. I demonstrated what we have been doing and KB instructed me on some of my technique (or lack thereof). I'm curious how many of you feel like you have received a good foundation in ground work/lunging etc? It's something that I did not get much instruction on growing up but have learned more about over the past 10 years. KB is big on in hand work and I'm looking forward to learning a lot from her by starting Emi at the beginning.

Emi was much more relaxed than she was for our first lesson. I'm sure it helped that I handled her almost exclusively and that she had a better understanding of what we were doing. KB held her for me while I went to grab a lunge whip and commented that Emi was very connected to me as she carefully watched me come and go. That's not the first time I've noticed that or had someone comment. I've never owned a horse that was that attached and it's fun! She's not bad for other people but you can tell that I'm "hers."

We worked on a prompt response to my cues, spiraling in on the circle and then back out, and not pulling on me. She was not sweaty when we finished and hardly seemed out of breath. I think she's already becoming a little fit and definitely less stressed. Another positive experience has been logged.

Pre-lesson selfie
Why yes, this is me not treating Emi like a pet...haha.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

So Smart

Emi had yesterday off since I had another commitment but I was able to work her tonight. I'm seriously impressed with how good she is! She was extremely respectful about my space and was also fairly prompt to commands on the lunge line. We lunged for 10-15 minutes before walking down the barn driveway to cool out. She was totally chill walking down the road, even when we were attacked by a killdeer. I love that about her. She also does not appear to be herd bound which is super nice. Another A+ for Winterlake Emerald.




In other news, I received this update on Benny last night. "Benny has settled in beautiful. He is so sweet and we are having a great time getting to know each other. Everyone is in love with how cute he is." I love happy endings!


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

No Longer a Pet

Emi and I had our first lesson together tonight. The biggest take away is that she is no longer a pet but a working horse. I've let her be too cuddly/pushy and need to create new boundaries for her. We started out with her in the barn aisle testing her ground manners. Aside from being nosy and in your business she was quite good. KB could tell that I've done a lot of ground work with her and felt like she was well behaved.

After the initial assessment we went over to the arena for some lunging. Once over there, there was some extra excitement going on and Emi became very pushy. KB worked her for a bit before asking me to demonstrate her lunging. We've only "lunged" a handful of times but Emi will go out on the circle and walk and trot pretty easily. With that done KB took her back and spent some time lunging her. Emi was confused at times but kept trying and wasn't too sassy. Once finished KB commented that Emi is very smart and confident. For now my homework is to continue our ground work, expect her to keep her nose off of me and respect my space and to lunge 10-15 minutes at a time.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Next Chapter

Benny left for California last night and Emi moved up to NDF this afternoon. I got a text from Benny's buyer this morning letting me know that he had arrived safely and that "he is perfect." She also included a photo so that was nice. He's going to be very well loved in his new home.

Emi's move went well this afternoon. She was quite worked up when we left our house and in turn was worked up when we arrived at the barn. After a little bit of play time in the arena she settled down and happily started munching hay in her stall. She will get to try turn out with a new friend tomorrow and we have our first lesson on Tuesday.



Monday, March 7, 2016

Happy Birthday Rozzy Ridge

Rozzy Ridge turns 24 today.  He's such a special horse and has done so many fabulous things for me. We have gone on numerous adventures and have spent so many hours in each others company. I'm so blessed to have had him for the past 10 years.





Thursday, March 3, 2016

Horse Selling Part 5 - Hooray!

Benny had his third vet appointment today and his hoof radiographs looked good! We are currently ironing out the details but once that is done Benny will be heading to California. Once Benny is gone Emi will be moving to his stall at NDF so that she can start school. How is it possible that my little baby is almost grown up? The past 2.5 years have gone by very quickly!