Monday, January 30, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Or maybe just cloud cover.
Mallory and I planned a fun Friday playing with the ponies in the 50 degree sunshine predicted. Alas, cloudy and cold was the order of the day. It was 11am and 36 degrees and Mallory told me to get over my Miami roots, put on my boots, and come work my horse.
So, I did. First some Clinton Anderson in the round pen - lunging for respect, desensitizing/rope, yeilding the hind quarters, desensitizing/string, flexing, and a bit of backing. Then, up to the arena for some basic flat work. Splash was a pretty good boy. The deep, sandy arena is hard for Splash but he gave mostly good efforts in canter departs with just one wrong lead at the start. Then, we concentrated on forward trot and some stand/trot transitions. Finally, for cool down, we did some turns on forehand and haunches. I tied Splash to the trailer for a cool down and "lesson setting" while I watched Mallory work Sister in the round pen. Sister is pretty responsive to all the exercises but has a residual kernal of resistance - but I know Mallory will prevail.
Meanwhile, my Saturday Party Lesson is a no-go and I will be in Stillwater for a 4-H training while Patty and Kathy are at the AGM. Perhaps I can sneak a ride in Sunday morning between the cold fronts. YaYa.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
The Walkerosa was beautiful on January 1, 2012 for the our first trailride of the year - sunny with a high of 55 degrees and light breezes. Fantastic day and a fantastic ride. Eighteen riders and one walker wearing mud boots to keep her feet dry. After our ride, we shared potluck with a couple ways to eat blackeyed peas, cowboy chilli, cranberry salsa, salad, brownies, pie, Juli's beer bread, etc..... YUM!
Reese was wearing his New Year's tiara and all the mounts were very good. Ivy and Pico found a jump to play over and Alaina and Diez tried to outwalk the walkers in the front. Splash and Sunny brought up the rear most of the time with Tater and Rio.
Splash has been good during our last couple of lessons at Patty's - trot work is really improved, forward and more consistant contact with the bit. His walk is still sluggy and right lead canter difficult to maintain, but both are very slowly getting better.
And as many YaYa Rides and we can manage.