2016 To Do List

I don’t feel like I have any great goals as of right now?  So I am calling this my equestrian to do list.  It’s basically my ‘shit hit the fan, and am scrambling to figure out this year’ list.

Enjoy.

  1. Get back into regular lessons
  2. Go on at least 3 trail rides, whether that’s at our facility or out at my hubs place
  3. Go to a show and actually ride in it???????????????????????????????
  4. Ribbon in said show
  5. Go thru my grooming box/locker/horse crap box (currently residing in garage) and cleanse all the unnecessary things
  6. Buy a new girth.  Rolex I’m looking at you.
  7. Buy something sparkly and un-hunter-y because I can!  Again-Rolex, you better bring me all the shopping goodness
  8. Try out a new discipline for fun.  Maybe Jacq will take me out on the XC course?
  9. Introduce baby C to “her” pony, the one and only Dynmite

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    Cute little pony boot.

  10. Learn how to drive a truck/trailer

I freaking love to do lists.  Can’t wait to cross things off!

O @ the Ranch: 10 Weeks In

This weekend was awesome, full of friends, family, sporting events, and finally, a whole morning to hang out with my favorite bay mare.

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While she is pretty sunbleached, everything else about her screams healthy, happy pony.  Especially since they’ve broken down the herd a bit and she now only goes out with her favorite little grey pony and her slightly smaller bay mare buddy.  Same one I rode in the family’s big trail ride.

Anyway, I have to admit that having her pay attention to me, and come over for cuddles pretty much made my week.  I mean, look how cute she was!  Excuse the grey pony photobomb–they are besties.

This mare makes me so happy!

This mare makes me so happy!

We had to get our selfie on.

We had to get our selfie on.

While the family says she’s been a great visitor, I am so, so excited to get her back.  I know that it’s going to be a lot juggling, and probably plenty of stress with an infant, and a mare coming back into work.  But I guess for the time being I’m going with the ‘jump into the deep end’ part of things.  November is going to be a wild month!

Kisses goodbye.

Kisses goodbye.

Her version of kisses goodbye.

Her version of kisses goodbye.

Horse meets bump!

Horse meets bump!

O @ The Ranch: 3 Weeks In

First, allow me to start with a picture.  Because I love it.

Hubs and horsebeast in action.

Hubs and horsebeast in action.

O has now been at the ranch for about 3 weeks.  She’s been out and about over the land on rides, seen cattle, massive equipment (it’s hay season!) and had my nephews ride their bicycles all up in her bubble.  I hit a rather awkward stage at the moment….and so basically none of my clothes fit, so I was in shorts when I was down there.  The hubs rode horsebeastie for me.

1st fun tidbit: She can now be tacked up in ‘her spot’.  Each ranch pony has a stall that they belong to.  Not only does she go to that spot and wait, but does it without prodding.  It’s kind of adorable.

2nd fun tidbit: My in-laws love her.  They say she’s lovely to be around, and just a nice ride overall.

3rd funny tidbit: She’s the very bottom of the horsey totem pole.  Only friend she has is this little shetland guy.

I love him.

I love him.

As for the ride, we scraped as much of the mud off of her as possible (someone has been rolling extensively) and then tossed a saddle on the mare.  Off we went to their arena area, which was new for her.

Off she goes!

Off she goes!

She walked.  She trotted.  She cantered.  She never put a foot wrong, even while crossing water to get to the arena.  Oh and during all of this my Farrier-in-Law was dragging the arena for us with his tractor, and my bro-in-law plus nephews were tossing haybales at O so she could jump them if the mood struck.

SHE DIDN’T LOOK AT ANYTHING.

Good mares don't care.

Good mares don’t care.

In fact the only time she even got remotely sassy was when my husband decided to play flying changes.  The first was silky smooth, the second was spicy but successful.  Both her good direction, but still.  She just loped around like it was no biggie.

Just toodling along.

Just toodling along.

Then the hubs wanted to tempt fate.  Let’s just see what she does with the bales, he says, as he trots her at the hay.  Mentally I’m thinking 2 options in play here.  She’s going to stop.  Or, she’s going to rocket launch.

Well, she went with rocket launch.  Once we laughed that off, he circled her back and popped her over it a few more times.

Learning no rocket launching is necessary for hay bales.

Learning no rocket launching is necessary for hay bales.

Loping over them at this point.

Loping over them at this point.

She stared it down once or twice, sure, but never even thought about stopping.  In fact, she gave this face (look below), and started to take him there.  He actually laughed, and asked who was really teaching who here.

Mare sees jump.

Mare sees jump.

Mare goes to jump!

Mare goes to jump!  (her ears are forward, and she was locked on)

Not exciting enough to use her knees.

Mare doesn’t bother actually jumping the jump. She got wayyy close to the bale on this one.

I was bursting with pride at all of this.  My husband has never really purposefully ridden to a jump of any kind, and my pony actually stepped up and acted like the horse who knew her job.  I feel validated in that this was what she needed, a true shake up of her daily life.  And while I miss her so much at home, I don’t know how many times we’ll have this opportunity.  I want to be sure we get everything out of it.

Hiding in the barn while her Mule overlord waits outside.

Hiding in the barn while her Mule overlord waits outside.

Just over 3 weeks down, and we are looking at roughly 8 more depending on how she’s doing.  Hopes are high!

Picky Picky

First lesson since the biting of the dust a few weeks ago. I was really excited to jump. I admit that I was hoping the stupid flowers O lost her mind/back end over, would be in the mix so we could tackle them again. Sadly they were stored to the side.

I'm coming for you evil orange flowers.

I’m coming for you evil orange flowers.

Flatwork is coming together, we get 5-6 strides of really great canter, usually down the long sides, and the corners are so much of a train wreck. I’m still really struggling with keeping that outside rein steady in contact at the left lead canter. We moved pretty quickly into jumping, starting with just a little vertical on the quarter line. And for the first half a dozen times I rode to it like I was coming to a 3 foot oxer. Pick, pick, picking at her about her spots.

Fail.

My trainer kept saying “Why are you picking at her?! She’s figuring it out!”. Anyway. It was not one of my better moments as a rider. Once I realized I was just getting in her way, I half halted coming out of the corner and sat quietly. O quietly took me to the vertical each time after. Huge shock (not). I was really proud that she would choose to pick the shorter, closer spot too, versus the herculean-effort long spot she sometimes prefers.

Once we moved into course work, I got my butt into gear. We managed to fit in the adds every single line, and I realized that my horse is actually pretty adorable at her job. I also got the clear to show next weekend, so that is good news. O was a sweaty pony post ride, and is still attempting to keep her weird straggling red hairs on some parts of her body. SHED HORSE! I need you to shed!

Also, while eating her dinner, I tempted fate with the new pony (cutest little white fluff ever) by putting her next to him. In case you don’t know, O is either terrified of, or hates all ponies. The new one sent her into a spook every time he went past last weekend. And you can read about her meltdown over our mini here. Apparently the tiny adorable-ness pony can fit his head through part of O’s stall near her food. A ridiculous battle of pinned ears and wrinkly noses ensued.

Cuteness pony sees O's dinner.

Cuteness pony sees O’s dinner.

He makes his move!!  O is not pleased.

He makes his move!! O is not pleased.


O wins.

O wins.

Lazy Sundays=Youtube Surfing

Since the hubby and I busted our butts and got so much accomplished yesterday, we are spending this sunday being as lazy as possible.  That means that I have caught on up on a my People magazines, painted my toenails, read some Practical Horseman, and aimlessly watched some Netflix.  Somehow I ended up on Youtube, and of course was searching my favorite horse topics.  I found a few that I thought would be fun to share! 

First off-how AWESOME is this save by Mr. Nicholson?!  That man is brilliant. 

Or perhaps you are in dire need of a cuteness fix?  Check this out.

And for all of those who’ve ever dealt with a pony…this kid deserves an award!

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend-it’s stormy here today.  Love that we are getting all this rain.  Hate that this humidity has turned my normally tame (some might say boring) hair into this weird, wavy mess.