Thursday, October 31, 2019

Singing in the rain.....

Or not :)

Luckily the rain held off so Dan and I got to go for a ride. It was a quick hack.... mostly walking because the first time we tried to trot, he pretty much immediately almost face planted in the wet leaves. Sigh... Even the arena's were super sloppy. But it's okay. We enjoyed our power walk. :)

And tomorrow we leave for Rocking Horse! I'm excited but nervous. I hope we get around clean. :)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Gorgeous night for some dressage

Finished early enough for a ride! The weather was gorgeous. Screw reports... I'll do them tomorrow and not ride tomorrow. Fun dressage ride... worked on counter canter three loops, canter half pass to leg yield... did our Anne Margaret Homework...

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Models again

another photo shoot by the super talented Phyllis Burchett.

felt kinda lame though. Sigh.. it's back again. Damn haynet.... maybe?? I don't even know

Lesson with Ann Margaret


warm up stretch: shoulder in, haunches out on a tight circle at the walk

homework: transitions with keeping him supple so he doesn't brace/fling his head... practice those... no transitions without suppling... use my seat

shoulder/withers: May be tight spot, so warm up will help

tons of transitions within the gait... back and forth and back and forth

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Dressage and a quick hack

Power walking on our warm up..... kinda spooky ;)

Then a good dressage ride. Started out okay, but got way better. Did haunches in, shoulder in, half pass, leg yield, 10 meter circles and stretchy trot.. then went to the canter and did some regular canter trying to make it pretty. Then went to do counter canter... left lead works... right lead is so hard to hold now. ??? Then did some leg yield and half pass at the canter... on the right lead it is hard to half pass. he wants to swap. I know at one point during the counter canter attempt I shifted my weight hard, and he swapped up front, so.. I've got to find my balance. We managed it but it was sticky. He leg yields beautifully (or maybe not beautifully.. probably too flingy) on the right lead though. The left lead was pretty good all the way around.
Then did some more medium trots and ended medium trotting down centerline. :)


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Jump Lesson

Lesson with Kelli at Silverthorn, jump big jumps

Make sure he's in front of my leg (getting so much easier... as not having to nag anymore). One mile per hour faster each stride as we approach the fence. Wait with my hiney hunkered down and my hands low.... prevent the drift by Dabbing.... and.. it works :)

He was awesome... Zoom zoom :) He even started sitting down and pushing off that hind end :)

Brain decompressing

After three days of learning.... myofascial release course

went for a hack.. just walk/trot/cantered the trails