Wednesday, March 31, 2010

my own version of Pegasus

Late afternoon ride in the sun on Rolinette. Gawd but she is such a beautiful horse, and kind and responsive, and I do so love horses. She put her head down at that first canter again today and her mom got to see it and we both laughed. She's telling me she could buck me off if she wanted to, and you know probably any horse who really decided to get you off could, but that wouldn't be any fun for me or for her I don't think and so we play together. Even got her to stretch once fairly well at the trot.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

quick wet ride

Quick ride with it trying to rain but not really getting it (the raining) done. She was a lot more energetic and responsive. Lisa's put a few rides on her and she also got hind shoes and injected with Adequan. I saw Lisa ride her the other day and even motoring, she wasn't tracking and somehow that has put a whole new spin on my ride in the dressage show in my head. Hopefully the Adequan will help with that (the tracking). But she's an old brood mare and that may just be how she is too and that is ok. Dressage is about training, about improving each horse where that horse is. Anyway, she felt good and I felt good and didn't pay overly too much attention to anything which just might be a good thing. I have no idea where my position was. I was like, walk, bend, stretch (much better), spiral, leg yield, transition, big circle, smaller circle, transition, stretch, collect, bend, transition, etc. I did canter and I think for the first time ever asked her to canter a line instead of a circle (after asking for canter on a circle of course). She was exuberant with the first transition which was fun. She and I were both exuberant with the cookies afterward.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Rode Rolinette today. Have trail ride on Shay lined up for the weekend. Yes.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

winter haitus

Long time, no blog. I’ve still been with the horses (working at the barn), of course, but it hasn’t been a riding sort of winter. Not at all and not for anyone who doesn’t have an indoor arena. I did get Rolinette out one day and lunged her, thinking we were going to be able to get back into it that week but that didn’t happen. Maybe this week.

But of course I still have to get hay and meet my regular obligations and it is supposed to rain.

Ah, but I have this other sort of horse endeavor I’m involved in now too. We have a little area dressage association started up and I suppose I’ll have to decide how honest and open to be on here about it for a few reasons. Ok, you know me, throw it to the wind. The people who started it were great to start it, hands down, but they seem to want it to be what THEY want it to be and it now has like 50 members and at some point it is going to have to move to being membership driven. Or lose a lot of that membership. In other words, it will have to stop conforming to the little picture in their mind and be responsive to whatever desires are out there. I don’t know what those are but I think I know some ways to help figure that out. So I’m chair of the sub-committee for “education” which will include clinics and whatever else we figure out.