Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
On Saturday morning I worked Slug-Splash in the party lesson with Marsha and Lil and Carol and Snip. Splash started the lesson with the look of a recalcitrant school boy but, with the help of "der German Neck Stretcher," became resigned to flat work. We got right lead canter after a couple of rough starts and left lead canter first try. No bucks or head shake. Progress when you consider the lack of regular work at the sloppy Wild Orban Ranch (WOR) arena.
The girls and their horses started off their weekend horse activities with a lesson Sat. afternoon after a long practice hiatus because of a water logged arena at the WOR. Both girls worked their horses on transitions and rider position. Then Alaina worked Sunny backing around barrels while Ivy worked Pico over crossbars working up from trot-overs to canter segments. Both felt ready for the show.
The show day dawned bright and cool with no hint of cloud or rain - Finally. Hopefully, we won't start full-fledged drought mode immediately.
The girls had a mostly successful show with Ivy placing in halter showing Splash and Alaina placing in Showmanship with Sunny. Then, on to the the riding classes. Both girls did well in the English classes placing 1 and 2 in Hunter Under Saddle. Equitation was rough with a difficult pattern including counter canter. After much success on Sat. with Pico over crossbars, Ivy was very dissapointed when Pico refused the crossbars, probably because the ground poles were set 18 inches or so in front of the crossbars.
Then, in Western, both girls rode fairly well although Ivy and Pico had some lead issues and Alaina and Sunny had slow canter tranisitons. Alaina placed 2nd in Trail and was thrilled. Alaina skipped the speed events but Ivy and Pico had some lovely canters around the barrels and stakes. Pico swung wide around the first pole and they DQed when Pico crossed the timer line before finishing the pattern.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Kale was home and worked the District Horse Show as Barn guy - sold shavings, checked coggins, opened stalls on Friday and all around help on Sat including working gate and trail course. He even posed for a picture with his sisters!
Also, Judy and John stopped by the show to say hi and watch the girls. I think John could be great show help if boredom didn't drive him from the scene. Steve can relate, he dropped by breifly as well.Meanwhile, I didn't have any saddle time although I did hang around barns, arenas and horse trailers. I will be in Kansas this week so even if the mud dries out, I still won't be able to ride until our party lesson next Sat. I can hardly wait! YaYa!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
So, practice time has been slim but hopefully, Pico and Sunny will behave. Wish we could yaya ride this week. YUCK! MUCK!