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Saturday, June 29, 2019

In The Groove

Nothing really exciting is going on here.

Which is a good thing. Carmen and I are hitting our groove and it feels good. it also probably looks like watching paint dry.



Stacie sent me these photos from the clinic back in May

We seem to be getting into a pattern of riding 3 days and then 1 off. Sometimes it varies a bit depending on my schedule and the weather (which continues to be unsettled).

Some of our rides are just awesome from beginning to end. Others are less so. I try to evaluate her mood in the barn and make some decisions from there.

The other day I was planning to ride but when I came out to the barn both horses were quite unsettled. The steers were in the woods across the road. I don't know what the handlers were doing but there was lots of shouting and some crashing and banging. If I didn't know better I would say that they were using the steer to demolish a shed. But we couldn't see.

I decided to spend our time working on our groundwork patterns rather than riding. I was sure that I could ride her through it but I wasn't sure what would be accomplished. So we practiced the patterns from the TRT method. Carmen was really trying to be good about the whole thing and relax. I could see her working really hard on it. We never got to the point of full zen but that's okay. I don't have that expectation of her. I am working on settling for good enough if the try is there.


When we do ride I'm working on keeping her coming from behind and lifting up into transitions, not falling on her forehand. It is coming. She even seems to be understanding the idea of lengthening in the trot and not going faster.

I've not been able to have a lesson for a while which is frustrating. I had one booked for friday but there was torrential rain and a thunderstorm in the morning which caused quite a few cancellations and made it not worth it for Shanea. Instead I rode in the afternoon with Julia and it was a fun ride. A few discussions but nothing major.

We had rebooked the lesson to 7:30 this morning (ugh) but that ended up being cancelled too. So, because I was dressed, I rode anyway really early.  Carmen was a little more opinionated about the far side of the ring- but only on the right rein. I asked her to bend and she gave me the middle finger. I wear spurs every ride now so that allowed me to add some 'teeth' to the bending aid. Which she took major exception to. This resulted in a short but intense discussion that when I ask her to bend I expect Princess Pissy Pants to at least try, not throw her shoulder against me.

With that settled we were able to work on leg yields, transitions and lengthens.  We had moments to discussion but for the most part our work was pretty good. While I might not classify this as a 'good' ride, I would have last year. I find that I'm able to shrug those off and not buy into the whole drama llama thing.

After your horse has grazed quietly under a water slide, it's hard to take her fear of song sparrows seriously. Especially when she's only worried on the right rein.


Of course it's not all about Carmen. I need to make sure that I'm sitting up and back and not tensing with her. I am getting better at just shrugging off the occasional spook and carrying on. this whole zen thing might actually be working for me. 

16 comments:

  1. I like boring. Although, it sounds like she still keeps you on your toes. They always do. 😂

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    1. I like boring too. And missy will likely always be clear that she’s not to be taken for granted 😁

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  2. Those "watching paint dry" rides are my absolute favorite. Slow, steady progress is the best. It probably doesn't feel like much when you're living it, but there is a visible difference in the photos you're posting these days. You should be very proud.

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    1. ❤️❤️❤️thank you so much. I do see and feel the difference. I am enjoying the slow and steady progress.

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  3. Love those photos tho!! What a bummer about the cancelled lessons but it’s great to hear that you really feel like you’re in such a good groove anyway !! Minus the steer-powered demolitions next door, obvi

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    1. LOL, like honestly, WHAT ARE THEY DOING?

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  4. Boring is good! I'm happy things are going well.

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    1. Yeah, boring is never boring when you're in the saddle.

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  5. I like boring too. I love the picture of her grazing by the water slide. She's a real character and does keep you thinking about what's coming next. That what makes riding so much fun.

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  6. Boring is never bad when it comes to horses! Although, I do feel that if I haven't fallen off in a while it probably means that I'm not pushing myself enough. Good thing I fell off recently so I can go back to boring and feel good about it!

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  7. Boring can be great in its own way, and the toiling your doing doesn't seem to be in the valley or plateau where you feel like nothing is getting done, but rather on an upswing and that is always excellent!

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