Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Success Is Liking What You Do


He'll be fine.
Just swing up on.
You can work through it.

Brantley and I have been through a lot and I'm sure, that after the first scoot and spin, he'd be fine once I swung that leg over. But what people don't get is that, I have a system. And it works for us. We need to review and reinforce our foundation. I'm going to take as much time as he needs so that I don't have to go back and fix it later. I know that sounds redundant because this is how we start every season, but it works for us. And then we have amazing rides and adventures? Why change the process if it works.

The best part is that yes, we repeat our process... But then I push just a little bit harder. This year? We're getting over jackets and picking things up and changing stirrups and carrying a dressage whip. Just carrying things in the saddle in general really. I want to ride with a quarter sheet come Fall. And ride in a halter and his blanket come winter. And with him... So far I've reached all my goals when I put them down on paper.

We ended last year with Ms. K taking off her jacket and me fixing her stirrups. His head was high, he was a little nervous, but we were successful. It can only get better right?

Just trust the process.

Today we worked a little more on stirrup driving while Teke and her mom were dressaging-it around the arena. He showed off his ground skills while they set up another stall in the corner of the indoor with panels as I tacked him up... Right next to the garage type door that was going up and down. Didn't even flinch. The joke about him is, "Woah boy... Woah..." because he just stares and chews. The BOs love him btw... #WINNING!

Mid-Chew Confirmation Shot?
I got up in the saddle on both sides and flapped the stirrups on the opposite side I was standing in. He was shaking when I played with the left stirrup but his left side is more sensitive anyway. Normally he jigs a little when you try to get up on the left side though and today he didn't. He actually felt a little more confident as if to say, "Just don't grab that stirrup again. It freaks me the F out!" I can stand in it no problem though. Did it both on both sides and called it a day after sending him around a few more times.

"Mom, did you take it yet?"
Why didn't I just swing my leg over? Because I want to set him up for success and I had to run back to work. I could commit at least 30-45 minutes on good quality ground work and brain games. I did not want to set him up for something I couldn't follow through with and give him everything he needed. I feel like that's one thing I like the most about how I do things.

"Look handsome? #nailedit"
I have a feeling we're going to have a short mini-workout tomorrow due to work related things that I am not excited about... At all. But someone's gotta make the money and my #furbabies sure ain't gonna do it.

I'll leave you with this little tidbit. <3 Little Hannah

7 Comments:

At March 25, 2015 at 10:55 PM , Blogger Jodi said...

I don't think you can ever go wrong going back to basics and a routine is always a good thing. What a good boy! Also, he is looking REALLY good!

 
At March 25, 2015 at 10:58 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

Thanks Jodi! I think so too, especially about him looking really good. Not bad for no consistent work since November! Once this week calms down and I get back on I'm hoping to take the time and get some progression pictures up. <3

 
At March 26, 2015 at 11:08 AM , Blogger emma said...

"trust the process" - sounds good to me! establishing a solid, low-pressure routine with my mare was really the turning point her starting to trust me and agree that my ideas aren't always terrible. looks like it's doing wonders for B too!

 
At March 26, 2015 at 11:59 AM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

Low-pressure routines are great for getting started. It gives you something to add on to as your training process grows. You can always see a difference and as you know, you learn how to read your horse so much better than some people would think. :D

 
At March 26, 2015 at 2:46 PM , Blogger Lauren said...

I agree with you 110%! You go girl, stick to it no matter what anyone else says :)

 
At March 26, 2015 at 4:12 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

<3

 
At March 30, 2015 at 5:20 PM , Anonymous Lauren @ She Moved To Texas said...

You've got this!

 

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He'll be fine.
Just swing up on.
You can work through it.

Brantley and I have been through a lot and I'm sure, that after the first scoot and spin, he'd be fine once I swung that leg over. But what people don't get is that, I have a system. And it works for us. We need to review and reinforce our foundation. I'm going to take as much time as he needs so that I don't have to go back and fix it later. I know that sounds redundant because this is how we start every season, but it works for us. And then we have amazing rides and adventures? Why change the process if it works.

The best part is that yes, we repeat our process... But then I push just a little bit harder. This year? We're getting over jackets and picking things up and changing stirrups and carrying a dressage whip. Just carrying things in the saddle in general really. I want to ride with a quarter sheet come Fall. And ride in a halter and his blanket come winter. And with him... So far I've reached all my goals when I put them down on paper.

We ended last year with Ms. K taking off her jacket and me fixing her stirrups. His head was high, he was a little nervous, but we were successful. It can only get better right?

Just trust the process.

Today we worked a little more on stirrup driving while Teke and her mom were dressaging-it around the arena. He showed off his ground skills while they set up another stall in the corner of the indoor with panels as I tacked him up... Right next to the garage type door that was going up and down. Didn't even flinch. The joke about him is, "Woah boy... Woah..." because he just stares and chews. The BOs love him btw... #WINNING!

Mid-Chew Confirmation Shot?
I got up in the saddle on both sides and flapped the stirrups on the opposite side I was standing in. He was shaking when I played with the left stirrup but his left side is more sensitive anyway. Normally he jigs a little when you try to get up on the left side though and today he didn't. He actually felt a little more confident as if to say, "Just don't grab that stirrup again. It freaks me the F out!" I can stand in it no problem though. Did it both on both sides and called it a day after sending him around a few more times.

"Mom, did you take it yet?"
Why didn't I just swing my leg over? Because I want to set him up for success and I had to run back to work. I could commit at least 30-45 minutes on good quality ground work and brain games. I did not want to set him up for something I couldn't follow through with and give him everything he needed. I feel like that's one thing I like the most about how I do things.

"Look handsome? #nailedit"
I have a feeling we're going to have a short mini-workout tomorrow due to work related things that I am not excited about... At all. But someone's gotta make the money and my #furbabies sure ain't gonna do it.

I'll leave you with this little tidbit. <3 Little Hannah