Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Finally...

Finally taking some time to blog a little. Really need to get back into the swing of things. That goes for kickboxing and running too. I'd like to start up again before I have to start doing the New Year Resolution things. Speaking of that, the holiday season is upon us and I am all signed up for the Blogger Gift Exchange! ARE YOU?! I did it for the first time last year and absolutely loved it.

So on to other things. Brantley and I kind of hit a road block this week but we worked really hard at the Equine Affaire (which I will talk about) so I'm not taking it personally. He did definitely get a few days off to do mysterious swollen/squinty eye. Weird... And now he's got some mysterious swelling in his right front fetlock area... No heat, no tenderness, and no lameness soooo light easy work. Seems to help it go away a little but he's not stocked up so I don't know.

Went a nice quiet trail ride today and brought Chevy along. Both were very good. Brantley had some points where he really want to turn around but I couldn't figure out why. He wasn't being a jerk but he did get a little strong a few times. I just asked for him to point his nose and followed through with my leg and we got through it. Had a little trot and mini adventure over the bridges. All in all, I'm happy.

Okay, here we go.

Equine Affaire!

Thursday - Up bright and early, ready to go. Wendy trailered because she's amazing and I drove up with Kate. Brantley settled in great and we met up with Lauren. Had a little work out in the outdoor by the barn he was stalled in, but wanted to definitely get up bright and early to work in the Coliseum. We watched Fantasia which was amazing. The clinician I was working with that weekend performed a tribute to "Man from Snowy River" - That was much appreciated.

Friday - Woke up bright and early (4:30am), showered, and borrowed Kate's car to get to the fair grounds. Brantley was happy to eat breakfast with me. Groomed and booted up, he walked in the Coliseum like he lived there. I wasn't sure what to expect so I did ground work with him for... Well until they kicked us out. He was so curious watching the other horses work in the arena.

Received a text from the office, they had money for me since I never got my packet in the mail. When we arrived, the woman in charge asked if Brantley wanted to be a demo horse for a western saddle fit and a massage that afternoon. Ummm... YES!


Unfortunately... he wasn't okay with it.


The saddle fitter was so great and understanding that Brantley was very nervous and not 100% into the situation. Small matted area to stand, three sets of bleachers surrounding him with lots of eyes. I don't think I had seen him that anxious and worried in years, but he looked to me and not once did I feel the situation was unsafe.


The fitter was great and followed him around when he just couldn't stand still any longer. I felt terrible because I couldn't take that energy and put it to use like I usually do. He kept looking at me asking, "Where can I go? What can I do?" I felt awful about it. Then Kate walked over with some treats and voila! We made it through our first demo.

I worked him for the rest of the afternoon and took a break right before the massage. He walked to the same building into the same arena like he was a pro... The woman doing the demo seemed pretty great. She asked if she could hold him while she did the demo and I said that was fine because he seemed to like her... Notice I keep saying, "seemed".

She let him walk all over her. She gave him no support. It just made him worse. He even stepped on her toes and she let him wrap his leadline almost completely around her. She hushed and she cooed to him thinking it would help but as you know, it makes it worse. What made the whole situation worse? She finally gave up and handed him back to me while saying (over the microphone in front of everyone), "He needs to go back to the barn, I'm truly afraid he's going to colic tonight."

WHAT?!

Let's just say, Lauren and I walked him back and within 30 feet of leaving the building, he was dragging his nose on the ground again. Lesson learned? Brantley is not a demo horse.

By the way... He didn't colic... He happy trotted and loped around the arena and nibbled on dinner.

Saturday: Day 1 of Clinics!

Bright and early again, but no fooling around. I wanted to ride. And I did. Who was awesome?
                                 Brantley!
Lauren showed up after we had warmed up and had a nice work out with him too which was nice to see. Just seeing my guy in action with someone else makes me feel like I really did something good.

First clinic was at 9:30 so we ran to Starbucks and hurried back to get ready. It was just a ground work session which was great. Of course it was in the building where the demos were but luckily we showed up a little early and had the ring to ourselves so I could really send him around.

We did our introductions and when the clinician asked what B's name was I said, "Brantley." He repeated, "Brantley... Like..." and I saw the light bulb go on. "Yes... Like Brantley Gilbert." Which he also repeated on the microphone which was followed by laughing. Okay okay, I have a problem!

Brantley was pretty nervous again and didn't want to stand still. I didn't know if I should correct him the way I usually do or just wait for the clinician to tell me what to do. Another horse had the same problem and he helped that owner in the same manner I would've so, I followed suit! I think there was really only one time he came over to fix what we were doing.

I guess we did a little too well in the session because the other sessions, Brantley didn't get much more attention which felt great because apparently I knew what I was doing but at the same time... I was being needy.




It was nice to see him work with B though when he did.





Saturday continued: Session 2

Later that afternoon we were supposed to have our riding session but unfortunately, there wasn't enough time. We did get in the arena to continue some ground work with their headstalls but Dan had asked if the horses were having issues with the crowd, that he'd work with each horse individually but we would most like run out of time. We all agreed we'd rather have happy horses than something bad happen. Of course we all secretly wanted him to pick Brantley but... He didn't. Oh well! It was good to get in and out, and we ended up riding in the indoor warm up arena instead.






Sunday: Session 3 & 4!

Sunday I think was my favorite day. Kate came out to ride which I really loved. It's nice having a morning buddy! Plus, it made me feel good that she could enjoy Brantley in that setting.









Then we had our morning round pen session. First dibs? BRANTLEY! He was a complete rock star. Would you think any different? This whole session was about starting a horse at liberty. Dan kept saying over and over about how great he was and how he liked his sensitivity. I couldn't stop smiling, especially when he said, "He gets distracted easily, does he like to watch the Disney channel?" I said, "Yes... We're a lot alike."







We didn't get to take part in the long-lining clinic which I was pretty disappointed about especially because that's what I really wanted to take part in. But I was blindfolded and whipped around the arena. Yes... If you heard anything about this clinic, I was the one doing the Spanish walk and lying down. Going around and around with your eyes shut really makes you quite dizzy after a while.


All I have to say about that weekend was, I will never forget it and I will try to get in again next year. It was an absolutely incredible experience even if I did miss out on a couple of things. I had an amazing support group with me and I couldn't have done it without them... And Starbucks.

Can't wait to give it another go!

**THANK YOU KATE TAYLOR FROM POLAR SQUARE DESIGNS FOR PICTURES!**

10 Comments:

At November 25, 2015 at 10:01 AM , Blogger Kalin said...

Looks like a fun time! Love the photos!

 
At November 25, 2015 at 1:56 PM , Blogger emma said...

what a weekend! B sounds like he was a total star throughout it all (even dealing with that massage lady who sounds.... a little off? who tells a crowd that a strange horse is going to colic?!?)! i love all the photos too - Brantley is just such a handsome horse :D

 
At November 25, 2015 at 3:14 PM , Blogger Olivia said...

This is really cool. You got some really good pictures out of it too.

 
At November 25, 2015 at 9:04 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

It really was. Thanks!

 
At November 25, 2015 at 9:05 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

It was really crazy. I couldn't believe my ears when she said it. Even if it was true, you don't say that in front of everyone to save yourself. I felt bad that he wasn't a good demo horse but after that? Psh. Anyway, thanks! Kate really does a fantastic job.

 
At November 25, 2015 at 9:06 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

It was a pretty amazing opportunity. I hope to have it again!

 
At November 26, 2015 at 3:22 AM , Blogger Haynet Blog said...

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At November 26, 2015 at 8:22 AM , Blogger Carly said...

Well, boo. I'm kind of bummed you didn't get yo do all the things. That's what you get for having an already amazing horse. Shame on you ha! It does sound like you had a really great time regardless and the experience of just being able to get out there must have been so awesome!!

 
At November 26, 2015 at 10:57 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

I know! I was actually really upset with myself about how upset I was. If that makes sense. I kept telling myself, "Dude, what are you whining about. You're here. You did it! And your horse was awesome. Stop being a bitch." But... I couldn't. There was no justifying it either ahaha. I received a message afterwards though which turned everything around.

I want to apply again next year. It was amazing. You should do it!

 
At December 4, 2015 at 9:58 AM , Blogger Tracy - Fly On Over said...

AND you got awesome pictures. Win-Win!!

 

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Finally...

Finally taking some time to blog a little. Really need to get back into the swing of things. That goes for kickboxing and running too. I'd like to start up again before I have to start doing the New Year Resolution things. Speaking of that, the holiday season is upon us and I am all signed up for the Blogger Gift Exchange! ARE YOU?! I did it for the first time last year and absolutely loved it.

So on to other things. Brantley and I kind of hit a road block this week but we worked really hard at the Equine Affaire (which I will talk about) so I'm not taking it personally. He did definitely get a few days off to do mysterious swollen/squinty eye. Weird... And now he's got some mysterious swelling in his right front fetlock area... No heat, no tenderness, and no lameness soooo light easy work. Seems to help it go away a little but he's not stocked up so I don't know.

Went a nice quiet trail ride today and brought Chevy along. Both were very good. Brantley had some points where he really want to turn around but I couldn't figure out why. He wasn't being a jerk but he did get a little strong a few times. I just asked for him to point his nose and followed through with my leg and we got through it. Had a little trot and mini adventure over the bridges. All in all, I'm happy.

Okay, here we go.

Equine Affaire!

Thursday - Up bright and early, ready to go. Wendy trailered because she's amazing and I drove up with Kate. Brantley settled in great and we met up with Lauren. Had a little work out in the outdoor by the barn he was stalled in, but wanted to definitely get up bright and early to work in the Coliseum. We watched Fantasia which was amazing. The clinician I was working with that weekend performed a tribute to "Man from Snowy River" - That was much appreciated.

Friday - Woke up bright and early (4:30am), showered, and borrowed Kate's car to get to the fair grounds. Brantley was happy to eat breakfast with me. Groomed and booted up, he walked in the Coliseum like he lived there. I wasn't sure what to expect so I did ground work with him for... Well until they kicked us out. He was so curious watching the other horses work in the arena.

Received a text from the office, they had money for me since I never got my packet in the mail. When we arrived, the woman in charge asked if Brantley wanted to be a demo horse for a western saddle fit and a massage that afternoon. Ummm... YES!


Unfortunately... he wasn't okay with it.


The saddle fitter was so great and understanding that Brantley was very nervous and not 100% into the situation. Small matted area to stand, three sets of bleachers surrounding him with lots of eyes. I don't think I had seen him that anxious and worried in years, but he looked to me and not once did I feel the situation was unsafe.


The fitter was great and followed him around when he just couldn't stand still any longer. I felt terrible because I couldn't take that energy and put it to use like I usually do. He kept looking at me asking, "Where can I go? What can I do?" I felt awful about it. Then Kate walked over with some treats and voila! We made it through our first demo.

I worked him for the rest of the afternoon and took a break right before the massage. He walked to the same building into the same arena like he was a pro... The woman doing the demo seemed pretty great. She asked if she could hold him while she did the demo and I said that was fine because he seemed to like her... Notice I keep saying, "seemed".

She let him walk all over her. She gave him no support. It just made him worse. He even stepped on her toes and she let him wrap his leadline almost completely around her. She hushed and she cooed to him thinking it would help but as you know, it makes it worse. What made the whole situation worse? She finally gave up and handed him back to me while saying (over the microphone in front of everyone), "He needs to go back to the barn, I'm truly afraid he's going to colic tonight."

WHAT?!

Let's just say, Lauren and I walked him back and within 30 feet of leaving the building, he was dragging his nose on the ground again. Lesson learned? Brantley is not a demo horse.

By the way... He didn't colic... He happy trotted and loped around the arena and nibbled on dinner.

Saturday: Day 1 of Clinics!

Bright and early again, but no fooling around. I wanted to ride. And I did. Who was awesome?
                                 Brantley!
Lauren showed up after we had warmed up and had a nice work out with him too which was nice to see. Just seeing my guy in action with someone else makes me feel like I really did something good.

First clinic was at 9:30 so we ran to Starbucks and hurried back to get ready. It was just a ground work session which was great. Of course it was in the building where the demos were but luckily we showed up a little early and had the ring to ourselves so I could really send him around.

We did our introductions and when the clinician asked what B's name was I said, "Brantley." He repeated, "Brantley... Like..." and I saw the light bulb go on. "Yes... Like Brantley Gilbert." Which he also repeated on the microphone which was followed by laughing. Okay okay, I have a problem!

Brantley was pretty nervous again and didn't want to stand still. I didn't know if I should correct him the way I usually do or just wait for the clinician to tell me what to do. Another horse had the same problem and he helped that owner in the same manner I would've so, I followed suit! I think there was really only one time he came over to fix what we were doing.

I guess we did a little too well in the session because the other sessions, Brantley didn't get much more attention which felt great because apparently I knew what I was doing but at the same time... I was being needy.




It was nice to see him work with B though when he did.





Saturday continued: Session 2

Later that afternoon we were supposed to have our riding session but unfortunately, there wasn't enough time. We did get in the arena to continue some ground work with their headstalls but Dan had asked if the horses were having issues with the crowd, that he'd work with each horse individually but we would most like run out of time. We all agreed we'd rather have happy horses than something bad happen. Of course we all secretly wanted him to pick Brantley but... He didn't. Oh well! It was good to get in and out, and we ended up riding in the indoor warm up arena instead.






Sunday: Session 3 & 4!

Sunday I think was my favorite day. Kate came out to ride which I really loved. It's nice having a morning buddy! Plus, it made me feel good that she could enjoy Brantley in that setting.









Then we had our morning round pen session. First dibs? BRANTLEY! He was a complete rock star. Would you think any different? This whole session was about starting a horse at liberty. Dan kept saying over and over about how great he was and how he liked his sensitivity. I couldn't stop smiling, especially when he said, "He gets distracted easily, does he like to watch the Disney channel?" I said, "Yes... We're a lot alike."







We didn't get to take part in the long-lining clinic which I was pretty disappointed about especially because that's what I really wanted to take part in. But I was blindfolded and whipped around the arena. Yes... If you heard anything about this clinic, I was the one doing the Spanish walk and lying down. Going around and around with your eyes shut really makes you quite dizzy after a while.


All I have to say about that weekend was, I will never forget it and I will try to get in again next year. It was an absolutely incredible experience even if I did miss out on a couple of things. I had an amazing support group with me and I couldn't have done it without them... And Starbucks.

Can't wait to give it another go!

**THANK YOU KATE TAYLOR FROM POLAR SQUARE DESIGNS FOR PICTURES!**