Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Is it Friday?!

"Quit worrying about what other people think and just be who God made you to be. If you will run your race, God will take care of your critics." -Joel Osteen Ministries

Today has SUCKED at work... two of my problem customers have lived up to their names.

On a better note, I got to ride last night. There were two people finishing up as I arrived.

I got Henry, groomed, lunged and just as I was about to stop him and get on he went nuts- tail over his back, calling and running like a race horse lol. I let him do his thing and then got on. I knew my time was limited as the few people let at the barn were chatting and wrapping things up to head home. I am not one who rides when no one is around so off to work we went.

I got a good 40 min ride in with almost no walk breaks so it was a great workout- I mean ride. :) My goal was to do LOT of counter bending, haunches in, shoulder in... especially to the left. I also did some spiral in and outs at the canter. I worked on making the corners of my arena round and then square. Lots of sitting trot- I've got to learn to sit Henry's normal speed trot.... Last but not least I worked w/o my stirrups for bit each way- posting, sitting and canter. After going to GM I really got a reality check that I need to be able to do more w/o them... so time to really work on it. I think I rode for like 8 min w/o them and felt like I was going to die ha!

LOL I guess it was a hard workout for him too

Arena to ourselves

Smile :)

Tired boy!

Lesson tonight, off Wednesday, lesson Thursday, maybe a trainer ride Friday and maybe a lesson Saturday if I can find a sitter.

22 comments:

  1. Yep, work a lot without them! Gotta start jumping without them too!

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    1. I need to master riding more then 8 min w/o them LOL... then we will move onto jumping ;)

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  2. Ugh. One of those days. Glad you had a good ride, at least. :)

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    1. yeah :) Hopefully tonight is good too!

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  3. Glad you had a good ride. I need to drop my stirrups too. Feel the burn... Pain is gain?

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    1. totally... and Henry is SO bouncy that it's extra pain LOL

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  4. I've decided that next winter I will be riding without stirrups... hopefully Mexi will be a wee bit more broke than she is now, haha. I also think I might institute bareback month (or more!). It has dual purposes: help me improve my riding, and help me stay warm in the cold winter months, haha.

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    1. Nice! I've got to get better at the no stirrup work!

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  5. I try to ride bareback at least once a week, and I find it really helps with my seat. Some of the girls at my barn jump bareback, and it's crazy to watch. I really don't think I'm physically fit enough to propel myself out of the saddle into two-point and still manage to stay on!

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    1. haha yeah one day i'll jump sans stirrups.

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  6. No stirrups...ugh! I so need to jump on this bandwagon and I so don't want to. Henry is so cute - he must be seriously fit and you as well...I'm intimidated! :-)

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    1. yeah I am not far ahead on the no stirrup bandwagon so climb aboard! lol

      Henry is seriously SUPER fit... me on the other hand- getting better :)

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  7. Ha E said to me tonight "wait til you start jumping without stirrups"... uh yeah right! That's waaaayyy down the road!

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  8. Good rides can really make a horrible day a whole lot better.

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  9. Problem customers...I hate them!

    I just did a no stirrups lesson....thought I was going to die.

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