Tuesday, July 23, 2013

So Bad but So Good

I've been so bad about posting lately... And reading! Missed out on so much of my pony friends' lives and adventures but I can't say I haven't been wrapped up in my own.

Raced Ms. Gigi again, it was great. We got to lope around the barrels this time so I was asked to wear a helmet. Made a bunch of new friends and honestly I can't wait to go again. Gigi was so good that Bonnie will probably ride her at the next one which I'll be happy to see. Maybe... Just maybe I can bring Brantley.

Things w B are going very well, we've been riding outside and even had a couple of celebrity rides by Lauren and Emma. He really likes Emma so hopefully I'll be able to get her out again, I know she's definitely willing. We have a whole new set up that I bought from Tiffany's Braided Tack. She customizes paracord tack and let me tell you, I love it. I bought a new one ear headstall in his colors that has a removable ear piece to make it a simple headstall. It fits perfectly with the side pull I bought a while ago that we're having great luck with. With the headstall, she also sent me some really nice clip on loop reins that I love. I had a couple comments about how they're thin (used them at the barrel race) but I like them because they make you release the pressure faster. I'm comfortable with them, that's what counts. He's working really well in the set up but I'm eager to start working him with the bit. I put together my Clinton Anderson slobber strap mecate set up, sized him up, made him flex a few times. He seemed pretty comfortable. I'll take advantage of riding at night so I can use the indoor as an excuse to try it out.

He has such a more confident feel to him. I think I do too. Today he had his first "episode". We picked up a canter around Charlie & Lauren and he tried to bend in towards them so I slid my hand down and picked him up in the other direction. K said he looked like he was trying to switch leads but then I switched my hands and he did a little bunny hop/buck. I broke him down, flexed his neck, disengaged his hindquarters, and off we went again. I was so proud of myself that I kept him going. After our little ride I rode him from the indoor to the outdoor, walked around in a paddock, took a picture, and then brought him back in. No issues!

We'll see what tomorrow's ride brings, get to ride with L again in the morning before work. Bit? What's the worst that's going to happen... Wish us luck!

2 Comments:

At July 24, 2013 at 6:36 PM , Blogger Karley said...

Welcome back! Hope your ride goes well :)

 
At July 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

Thanks. I feel my 100-ride challenge coming up!

 

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So Bad but So Good

I've been so bad about posting lately... And reading! Missed out on so much of my pony friends' lives and adventures but I can't say I haven't been wrapped up in my own.

Raced Ms. Gigi again, it was great. We got to lope around the barrels this time so I was asked to wear a helmet. Made a bunch of new friends and honestly I can't wait to go again. Gigi was so good that Bonnie will probably ride her at the next one which I'll be happy to see. Maybe... Just maybe I can bring Brantley.

Things w B are going very well, we've been riding outside and even had a couple of celebrity rides by Lauren and Emma. He really likes Emma so hopefully I'll be able to get her out again, I know she's definitely willing. We have a whole new set up that I bought from Tiffany's Braided Tack. She customizes paracord tack and let me tell you, I love it. I bought a new one ear headstall in his colors that has a removable ear piece to make it a simple headstall. It fits perfectly with the side pull I bought a while ago that we're having great luck with. With the headstall, she also sent me some really nice clip on loop reins that I love. I had a couple comments about how they're thin (used them at the barrel race) but I like them because they make you release the pressure faster. I'm comfortable with them, that's what counts. He's working really well in the set up but I'm eager to start working him with the bit. I put together my Clinton Anderson slobber strap mecate set up, sized him up, made him flex a few times. He seemed pretty comfortable. I'll take advantage of riding at night so I can use the indoor as an excuse to try it out.

He has such a more confident feel to him. I think I do too. Today he had his first "episode". We picked up a canter around Charlie & Lauren and he tried to bend in towards them so I slid my hand down and picked him up in the other direction. K said he looked like he was trying to switch leads but then I switched my hands and he did a little bunny hop/buck. I broke him down, flexed his neck, disengaged his hindquarters, and off we went again. I was so proud of myself that I kept him going. After our little ride I rode him from the indoor to the outdoor, walked around in a paddock, took a picture, and then brought him back in. No issues!

We'll see what tomorrow's ride brings, get to ride with L again in the morning before work. Bit? What's the worst that's going to happen... Wish us luck!