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Sometimes you just need to ride through

April 27, 2013

The Child’s summer job is to be my groom. Today was her first training day.

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She has to retrieve horses for me…

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She needs to groom them and get them tacked up…

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She needs to cool them out (and hack Magic!)

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Then she feeds them a bucket and puts them away.

I’d say she and Magic got along famously 😀

Of course she won’t be riding Chloe but she’ll be doing all the rest. Chloe is getting quite good about being groomed.

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You can see your reflection in her coat! 😉

I didn’t lunge her at all today. She had some moments of short circuiting but you can see and feel her trying her heart out. She’s got some “bad tapes” to erase but she has moments of lovely relaxation… She seems to appreciate being given room to breathe.

I just need to ride through the hysterical moments and pretend they’re not happening…

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The more I do that, the more she just melts into a coppery puddle of sweetness…

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What a difference a day makes

April 25, 2013

Yesterday I did not have anyone to record Chloe being the biggest drama llama ever. She ran herself around on the lunge line for close to an hour, screaming her head off. We did end lovely and relaxed but drenched with sweat.

I hoped today she’d come around to her senses a little quicker – and she sure did!

It's hard not to be a drama llama! Someone has to be on guard!

It’s hard not to be a drama llama! Someone has to be on alert! (I am the one on alert, Chloe – you just chill!)

Snuggles make everything better

Snuggles make everything better. Perhaps it’s ok to not be zombie patrolling all the time.

Relaxed and straight - SUCCESS!

Relaxed and straight – SUCCESS!

Chloe learned right away that it’s much nicer to just relax and stretch and get lots of “Good Girl!!” I have no worries about this one… in a few more rides we can actually work on real dressage work. Once we have this chillaxing thing down-pat 😀

And then FINALLY I got my Magic out – and of course he was lovely and sensible and just the coolest horse EVER.

Forward and into the contact - can ask for much more from a baby!

Forward and into the contact – can’t ask for much more from a baby!

And, more importantly, Magic is officially a family horse. He did not disappoint!

The 6'2" Husband looks right at home on the 15.2hh Dark Horse... :D

The 6’2″ Husband looks right at home on the 15.2h horse.

Clearly, Magic was not too concerned about The Husband’s less than centered seat 😉 We’ll work on that another day.

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Acclimating Chloe

April 22, 2013

Yesterday Chloe got a fair glimpse of what life is going to look like in her immediate future. 

1.  Emily really likes to groom horses and cares not if red-headed mares think they don’t like it. My desire to have SHINY PONIES far outweighs grouchy faces and threats.

half a mare was curried off

half a mare was curried off

2.  Emily is lazy therefore prefers to ride out silliness rather than have to lug a lunge line to the arena.

(after all – they are sooo heavy 😉 )

all rides end like this no matter how they start

3.  Much of life out of the stall/pasture involves standing around while I yell at people ( 😉 ), take pictures, and do a variety of non-productive non-training-ish things. Patience and chillaxing are virtues and skills.

Magic had his first full ride under someone else – Jess!

4.  We always end on a good note under saddle, on the ground and afterwards with a bucket.

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Chloe is really incredibly sweet. She’s definitely a mare – but she’ll soon learn that she can be a ladylike mare.

The other two got baths and played with Jess and Maggie… my trusty sidekicks.

Magic’s first bath was just about as exciting as every other new thing. *Zzzzzzzzz* 😀

Life cereal is clearly the greatest treat in the world according to Fiona

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Two weeks

April 18, 2013

The state of affairs summed up in one picture:

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Thank you Kitty, Hoyt, Scott and Molly… I owe you all forever…

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Ride #7 – Cavaletti!

April 18, 2013

After two very serious (not really) dressage-y rides I thought it would be fun to give Magic a peek at the other skill we need to be working on – jumping 😀

Thursdays are now, officially, Wife and Pony Day according to The Husband. (Have I told you how excellent he is?) Since his pony time involves leaping and cavorting with Fiona I thought introducing baby cavaletti was a good idea.

At first approach The Dark Horse thought, “OHMYGODITWANTSTOKILLME!!” Enter Auntie Fiona… The Husband and The Pony escorting him safely over the horse-eating pole. The second attempt involved us tripping and almost falling to our deaths (or so he thought 😉 ) The third attempt involved jumping really big!! Every attempt after looked pretty much like this…

He works for pats

He works for pats

And then we trotted… that was not as pretty, but that was probably more due to our lack of turning ability and our poorly placed cavaletti.

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Then we took a break to watch The Husband and The Pony and their shenanigans.

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Then it was time for some cantering…

And after seeing that leg of mine I ran straight to the weights… Oy.

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There is much hope for the right lead – and DAMNNNNNNN he’s got a nice stride! No wonder he was a little rocket at the track!

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Well then!

April 17, 2013

Ride #6 didn’t start so well. The young man was full of ‘tude. He thought jerking the reins was fun and he was wildly distracted – by his neighbor pony girlfriend, Taylor, and his favorite pasture playmate, Serengeti (who was schooling lovely PSG.)

It probably didn’t help that today was the first time anyone has carried a whip on him since the t-r-a-c-k. (I think I’ll spell it out from now on – just for fun.)

After a few too many “No! I want to go THERE!” moments, he got a tap *ahem*. Well then! That woke him up and put him back focused on me! Also – he was a freight train. 😛

Our ride started off less than stellar but improved rather quickly – so quickly that I thought what the hell – LET’S CANTER!

Got the left lead within 5 strides. First attempt to the right was cross-firing, second attempt was correct in about 8 strides. Wow. And he actually has a three-beated canter!

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Yeah… once we can reliably turn to the right we’ll be ready for the big time! 😀

Funny observation by Molly… if he were perfect every ride you’d get bored and sell him.

Doesn’t it suck when people know you SO WELL??? 😛

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Ride #5

April 16, 2013

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This is just a quick pic of a reward snack… Ride #5 included CANTERING DOWN THE LANE! Calmly. Wonderfully. Like we do it every day.

*sigh*

He’s awesome.

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