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Chloe-go-round

April 22, 2013

I’m sick but we needed to be productive and little Missy needed out of her stall

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I caught her enjoying being groomed just a little.

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Her head is just stunning…

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Not bad considering it’s a new and scary indoor…

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A little better with side reins, but she was always listening to me. Even with moments of giraffe-racecar she always whoa’ed when asked. The couple “bucks” were simply laughable. I look forward to those under saddle 😉

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Proof she wasn’t actually riled up! I think she was just trying to impress me with her brilliance 😉

Sorry Fi and Magic… mommy is sick. Carrots will have to do for today.

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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.

nom nom nom

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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Bridal Chatter

April 20, 2013

Chloe has arrived. After 7 hours in the trailer she walked out like she was home.

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She is beautiful – so feminine and all Thoroughbred.

I’ll let her settle tonight. We’ll see what were working with tomorrow.

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Ah… the ole quarantine stall pic 😉

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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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