I have tons of updates to make, but am lacking time, so here’s a post compressing three updates into one. I’ve left Georgie out of the mix, but I do need to do an update post about her. It’s probably my conflicted feelings that are keeping me from doing that.
Last week at this time I was at Rebecca Farm. Horseless, but with plenty of companionship in the form of friends and canines.
It was actually really fun just being a spectator.
I watched my friend’s rides as well as lots of 2* xc and 3* dressage. If you don’t know much about Rebecca Farm, just know it is spectacular. Over 600 competitors and it is run so smoothly. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, but is serious about making itself a destination event. I can’t wait to be back there on a horse.
Rebecca was awesome.
What’s also been awesome is Macy. I’m not sure what happened but we’ve been having some really nice rides together. I’ve been riding her on my own again, and I can usually anticipate when she wants to spook or get sassy, and can prevent it from happening, or at the very least prevent it from escalating. This past lesson we worked on haunches in at the canter in the circle. The first steps to a pirouette! It was awesome! I now completely understand why people are DQs. Not that I want to be one, but I get it.
Things have been going so well with Macy that I signed up for a schooling show in September. We’ll see how it goes, but I feel like I am beginning to figure this mare out. A little bit at least.
I love having a horse who can be a school master to ride.
Because my other horse is getting schooled. No master about it.
June’s foundation work has begun in earnest! We had our first lesson with the foundation trainer I am so excited about. She’s truly gifted with young horses and starting them. I loved her approach- everything we worked on was going to make riding June easier. Where we stood, where we ask for things-they all relate to what we will want down the road.
June is what I would call stubborn. Her trainer called it bold. That was kind of her. June showed us that she has some opinions. She tried to run over D, as I will call her, a couple of times. One time it was moderately scary. But the great thing was, that even though she tested D, in the end, she was like “fine, I’ll do it your way.”
I think there is a fine line with starting young horses. They need to do what you want, but they also need to understand what you want. With June, I felt like once she understands things, she is really willing to do them. If she’s confused, or uncomfortable, she gets an attitude.
It was all super eye opening to me and I am really excited to have this mare in my life.
More media next time, I promise!
And a Georgie update coming soon!