Past, Present, Future

I’ve somehow gone from having one horse to ride, to having none, to having three horses in consistent work.

On Sunday I was feeling frazzled with having to get them all done while still fitting in a long run, cleaning my house, and going to dinner with a friend.

It was then that I mentally split them up into categories, to help me figure out what my priorities are.

Macy represents the Present. She’s what I’ve got now to learn from. And while she probably isn’t going to be my Present forever, for now I need to make sure I take care of her so she can handle what I ask of her.

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Like getting her fit enough to go run around a xc course.

And while sometimes I’m happy with Macy, and sometimes I’m not, she’s what I’ve got right now. So, I plan on learning as much as I can out of the present situation.

June represents the Future.

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I’ve put all my eggs in one basket with her, so to speak. I need to ensure we’ll have a great future together by putting in the time with her now. Daily outings of some sort, so that when I am on her back she isn’t surprised or confused by much. The work has been fun, and challenging some days, but I know it’s worth it in the end, and I am so excited about what the future holds.

And Georgie represents the Past.

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Which doesn’t mean I love her any less. It just means that on days when I am frazzled and short on time, she is going to be the one who doesn’t get out. Or, for whom the plan changes from a hack in the hills to a walk down the road.

We’ve had an incredible past.

For some reason categorizing these horses this way has helped me be more realistic about what I can get done, and what is a priority. Have any of you thought of things in this way? What do you do when you’re feeling like you’re short on time when it comes to getting horses out?

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Fraggle Friday

Sometimes, I just can’t handle how cute she is.

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She gets away with a lot because of it.

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I feel like there should be some sort of puppy support group, a group of puppy moms that can commiserate on what’s going on with their puppy and be told it’s all going to be ok.

Because deep down I know she will grow up to be a fantastic dog, but some days I wonder what the hell I was thinking adopting a puppy.

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My Current Favorite Picture

Sure. It should be of June. Since she's my future.

And I do love this pic of her on a bridge casually relaxing.

But my new favorite picture is of Macy. You know, the mare I have been struggling to ride. The mare who can kill my confidence in the blink of an eye, (or bolt across the arena). I haven't hidden the fact that I'm not sure I'm the rider for her.
And I'm still not positive I am. But man she's been great lately.
And I've actually been having fun.
And letting go of the reins

And while she isn't impressed with any of it, I really am. Because it shows progress. And happiness. And those are both reasons why I spend all my money on this crazy passion.
So here's to more fun with this mare more learning and perhaps more surprisingly good rides on her.

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Night and Day

June had her second foundation training lesson and the difference between this lesson and the last were monumental.

Our trainer, Dana, started the lesson by having me show her what we’ve been up to. Now, anyone who takes lessons is familiar with this test. The trainer is essentially seeing if you did your homework.

And, well, I LOVE homework, and was super excited to show her what we had been up to, as well as get some feedback on some struggles.

While I  had been diligent about doing my homework, I’d also been trying to problem solve some issues. Dana assured me that my instincts were correct, and we were moving in the right direction.

She was also super impressed with how much progress June had made. Not only in our homework but physically as well. She kinda looks fit from all the trotting and transitions we’ve been doing.

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The other great thing about trainer Dana is that she’s also kinda a media whore and insisted we get some good pics of June.

We ran through what we’ve worked on, and then were able to move on and add some new things. Dana is awesome with June. Everything she does with her makes sense to me, and she is just a really good horsewoman and so solid in her ground work training.

 

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Plus she was fine with me posting pics of her, so that’s cool

June was so good. She thought about what was being asked of her, and there wasn’t any “NOW I RUN YOU OVER” moves, which was REALLY lovely.

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June figuring it out

And I even got to work with her on some of the new stuff and it wasn’t a total disaster! Where I have my body in relation to what I am asking is so important. I’m learning that a good deal of June’s confusion comes from me either not asking correctly, or my body blocking her. It’s getting better though!

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At one point Dana had to ask me to be more subtle. I about fell on the ground laughing. Sarah says this to me ALL THE TIME. And my response to Dana was the same as it is to Sarah: “I can’t be subtle. That’s why I didn’t get an OTTB.” Yeah, I’m German. Subtilty isn’t in our genes.

Nearing the end of our lesson Dana wanted to head over to the arena, and out of the round pen. I had no idea what we would be doing over there, as neither June or I are  ready to work outside of a small space.

But we were going to work on walking over a bridge! Yay! Dana had me start. Walk with purpose over the bridge.

It was a big fat fail. So… Dana tried. And had no problem getting over the bridge. She told me to have more control of June’s nose and shoulder. The rest will follow.

She then proceeded to send her over the bridge.

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And then I sent her over the bridge! Eventually..

I was basically all smiles the entire time. I feel like June and I are slowly growing a connection. I had no idea foundation work could have such an impact on me as a rider. It’s building my confidence and showing me how important it is to ask for things from the ground before asking from her back. Plus, we’re making June stronger so that she can carry me and do everything we’re asking her to do once I’m up there.  We worked a bunch on yielding from the shoulder, bending, and turning her haunches. She was game for all of it, and was well-behaved for all of it as well. I’m really excited as to how things are progressing with this sassy mare, and am excited for our next lesson!

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Basically how I felt all day

 

 

 

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Fraggle Friday

It's been HOT!
Good thing the girls love swimming

Stella is one of the best swimmers I know. And despite her age she shows no hint of slowing down in the pond otter department.

She's also incredibly smart about where to lie when the heat is unbearable.
And not surprisingly she still lets me know photo ops are stupid on hikes.
This is a dog with serious opinions.
Which is probably why I love her so much.

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Georgie Update

I got to get out for a ride on Georgie. It was magical.

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My favorite view

It’s been about 6 months since I’ve ridden her. She got out this past month with her owner who was here in July, after getting the go ahead to get ridden from our vet. And, now that her owner is gone, the riding falls to me.

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But it’s not that simple.

She still has a tear in her suspensory ligament. The ultrasound showed that the tear is smaller, but it’s still there. And she looks better on a small circle, but she still isn’t sound.

So, it may be that Georgie is never completely sound. Which means she probably won’t jump again. Which sucks.
I was really hoping that by this point she’d be sound and ready to get back to real work. But on the other hand, I feel like sometimes these injuries take up to a year to heal.

So, more waiting. But because she is physically healing, our vet felt we had to keep her mentally stable as well. So, she said she can get out 2-4 times a week. Just trail ride, walk with some trot.

So, that’s where we are at.

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I miss this. A lot.

So I get to ride Georgie. Which is awesome. But it’s also hard to forget what used to be.

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Fraggle Friday

We’re in a bit of a Rebecca hangover right now.

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But, summer is ticking along and we’re just trying to keep up!

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The weather has thankfully cooled down a bit so we’re getting out as much as possible and even exploring some new trails.

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It’s not ugly here, that’s for sure.

Sometimes we need a break from it all, so find a cushy spot.

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Hope you’re having an equally great, dog filled, week!

xoxo

Siri and Stella

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