Sunday, March 28, 2010
While the girls were riding, I brushed and saddled Sister, then, lounged her with the German neck stretcher and a stretchy lounge line attached through the bit to the girth. This configuration really helped Sister work on inside bend while lounging and she worked fairly well in both directions.
Sister thinks that her sides are a no-touch zone. So, Patty has been working on leg yield, leg yield, let yield. Sister is getting the picture. And, Patty says she has not followed through with her threats to cow-kick or buck. So...
Sunday, March 21, 2010
On Monday, I got off a bit early and we loaded Sister, Pico and Splash and went to Patty's. I lounged Sister and she was so responsive that I ALMOST got the nerve to ride. But Patty wasn't there to help if I needed it so, since... Retreat is the better part of valor, I saddled Splash and worked him instead. Ivy rode Pico bareback (she had an ankle injury and didn't want to put on boots) and Alaina took a spin on Jetter. Alaina loves Jetter since he reminds her of Dezzie-Doo. We left Sister in Patty's capable hands.
Ruthie wanted a chance to ride Pico before the Lily Pond show so she and Jean came out Friday morning. I worked Splash and walked around on Pico, Alaina rode Sunny and Diez, Ivy worked Pico and had a quick ride on Splash, and Ruthie rode Pico and played around on Diez. Very fun.
Then the Lily Pond dressage and FFA shows were cancelled.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
After traveling to Kansas again last week for the dreaded EPA inspection, I made it home Thursday evening with a very sore throat. So bad that I visited the doc on Friday and he diagnosed strep and a possible absess. Antibiotics to the rescue but I was still under the weather for the party lesson and let Ivy and Kathy B ride without me. Alaina rode Diez bareback and I took a brief spin on Splash near the end of the lesson. Ivy and Pico look VERY good 25 percent of the time. They are making progress. Splash behaved pretty well and took correct leads both directions - and since we only rode about 10 minutes, he didn't get much of a chance to misbehave.
Alaina had a lesson on Sunny with Dawn D on Friday afternoon and they are really looking good too. I plan to pick Sunny up from Dawn's on Tuesday afternoon so Alaina will have to maintain Sunny's progress at the Wild O Ranch. After a week and antibiotics, Sister is better so I will take her to Patty's tomorrow afternoon for a little of Patty's magic medicine. The girls are on Spring Break so should have a little time to work their horses while they are off. We plan on the party lesson at Patty's on Sat. to get ready for the Lily Pond dressage show on Sunday. Luckily, we sprang forward this weekend, so afternoon riding season is coming soon. Yaya!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
The weather was lovely this weekend and we had several horsey adventures. On Friday, Kathy B and I fought our way through construction traffic at every turn to get to Stillwater to retrieve Sister. Sister has been hanging with Krystal and is making progress toward becoming a saddle horse. After we arrived at the barn, Krystal ran Sister through her paces and then I tried a quick ride. Krystal can canter and roll back and is even making progress in backing. I just walked and trotted and, although the arena was rough, was pretty pleased. Next stop for Sister is Patty's for some more work where I can ride regularly. Unfortunately, Sister picked up a cough so we started her on some Tucaprine to clear that up before she goes to Inola.