Saturday, December 22, 2012

Oh Saturday!

Wait you mean you don't get up nice and early, layer on clothes half asleep and head to the barn for a lesson when it's pooooring outside on Saturday mornings?!

Arrived at the barn.. made the all to far trek in the rain to his stall, got Henry and had to convince him to step into his flooded paddock to get out of his stall and head back to the barn. I was quite wet as was he when we got into the barn.

Groomed, tacked up, hung out for a bit as I had no intention of lunging and eventually texted my trainer as it was 9:15 and she wasn't there. She misread her clock and was on her way so I hopped on and warmed up. He felt forward but not bad.

Trainer arrived and we got started... with no stirrup work.

Flatted.. Henry felt so forward at the canter- not bad, not scary, not ok. It was making me frustrated. With my trainers help- we worked through it, stopping- backing up- canter- stopping- backing up- canter, you get the idea.

We moved onto an X back and forth. I have been working on staying quiet with a closed leg jumping and following Henry rather then "going" into my two point.

E took her turn and did awesome for not riding all week and being sick!

My turn... right lead to vertical on the diagonal, left lead to another vertical, left lead to and oxer. I can tell that he has gotten in trouble in his training rides- he was strong and a bit rushy to the jumps as in he had a guilty continence lol. Lots of whao and half halts but keeping my leg to support. Nothing was awesome but it wasn't bad either so I will take it as a win. :)

Cooled out while L and then C took their turns and did fab!

Untacked, groomed, cleaned tack, chatted, took him back to the swimming pool paddock and messy stall, cleaned the stall, tried to create a trench in the paddock for it to drain (didn't work), grained, gave kissed and headed home.






Not sure about Sunday, hack Monday, probably off Tuesday, going to try and lunge Wednesday but since I will be alone with B that may be asking a bit much (a 2 year old and a young horse mixed sound like tons of fun esp when the 2 year old is always on the move), lesson Thursday, lesson Friday and lesson Saturday... we better be freaking perfect Saturday after three lessons in a row lol!

17 comments:

  1. Sleeping in doesn't exist when you are a horse owner does it lol

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    1. seriously.. or having a young kid :)

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  2. I understand your frustrations - glad you were able to work through it with your trainer :)

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    1. Yeah our boys think we are weight lifters!!

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  3. Oh Henry!! Glad you got to work through it, and ended on a good note!

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    1. And having the the 2 yr old out there while trying to do stuff with Henry does sound overwhelming lol

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    2. Yeah i am glad we ended well ha!

      Oh yeah B is all over the place and so busy so anything at the barn is hard with her lol!

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  4. I went wedding dress shopping in the pouring rain yesterday, but am clearly up with the chickens this nice Sunday morning for my 9:45 lesson!

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    1. OMG dress shopping!!! Hoe fun!!! Way better then an early Saturday morning ride ;)

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  5. I slept in to 8:30 this morning and it was brilliant. My non-horsey friend explained that that really isn't sleeping in, but for me it counts :)

    I think we should all get together and do a blogging 'rain go away' dance (or post). Flooded paddocks are miserable things, especially when it constantly freezes and thaws. I'm always worried a horse will hurt themselves if they trip in one of the ruts.

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    1. haha yeah my daughter was up at 3:30 this morning.. i am just about to die right now lol! Hubbs and her are finally napping now!

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  6. Rain = yucky. Having to get up early in the rain = double yucky. Hoping the weather gets more CA-like for you guys; thank goodness you have an indoor! At least the lesson went well and Henry got better as it went on. ;)

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    1. AMEN!!!

      And yes we ended without to much fighting :)

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  7. Whenever I have to get up extra early for a ride I just think of the quote - 'Whenever you don't get up extra early to train, someone else will be'.
    Sound like Henry was being challenging, but you rode him well (as usual). :)

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    1. That is a great quote! So true! Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. At least you get to ride a lot during the holidays! I'm stuck without any horse time with family in town and am heading out to visit my side of the family from after Christmas until new years... withdrawal! I'm sure he'll continue to improve.

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    1. ahhhh lots of horseless time... get some sleep instead :)

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