I can already feel the difference!
I'm hoping I'll get over the irrational fear of the dreaded downhill canter quickly. She's already floating across the ground, carrying herself better than ever before. I can feel the power and sit already!
Exciting stuff... So, about cubbing. How long does the group usually go out for and at what pace? I will certainly ask these questions on Wednesday morning, but it always makes me feel better going in armed with info.
Update - Survived day two of cubbing!
So, we've successfully roaded without issues, went cubbing both Wednesday and this past Sunday.... Aside from my calves screaming when I woke up this morning - I couldn't be happier about our outings. The sunrise and mist driving through the Amwell Valley at 6:00am is breathtaking and really makes getting up at the crack of dawn well worth it!
I do have a question. My mare seems to be as excited as I am about our outings, and although she's always REALLY forward and happy it's getting more difficult to get her to stand for checks. She doesn't do anything bad, she just wants to keep her feet moving. As the majority of the horses are quietly standing around waiting to move off, we seem to be given a wide berth as she's in constant motion.
Any suggestions/thoughts what to do to keep her calm? As she's a very intelligent willing mare I'm hoping that she'll figure out the checks are chill out time..... and that she won't get progressively hot.
I'm hooked and want to try to make it to each and every outing! Hopefully by this Wednesday's cubbing I'll have a good idea as to whether we're cut out for it.
I'm so very excited!
Did I mention I galloped for the first time in 20+ years! No control, but let her go and enjoyed it immensely! Of course she'd be happy to run over anyone in her path, so there's the Secretariat gene to deal with.. We'll see how staying behind in second flight goes!
Update - Dressage Horse Goes to Hunt Night!
He, he. So as I've been having the time of my life - week after week, why not add one more fun thing to do... The ladies in my hunt asked me if I was interested in doing a class at Hunt Night at Harrisburg.. I'm not sure if they were joking or not - but obviously, I like a challenge.
So here we go. I posted on this thread looking for advice on turn-out for the flat class.. thank you ladies for your input. So, if anyone else has any other words of wisdom for a newbie doing this - bring it on - I'd really appreciate it.
We got a hotel room so we can stay for the evening and hopefully not miss a thing. It sounds like Hunt Night is a lot of fun - and I love the opportunity to try something new. I've got my new frock coat - still mastering the stock tie (I've cheated a bit with a prefab through cubbing), dusted off the dress boats, and otherwise, we should be turned out appropriately. Input, input.
I love how much dressage has helped me in the field, and also how much going out hunting has helped my dressage! She's braver, more confident, and an even better mover than before.
FUN, FUN, FUN:winkgrin:
She's officially - perfect!!!
Yes, it's just my opinion, but I think my mare is perfect. OK, maybe "we" as a team have arrived.
She knows her job, enjoys the work, and is a pleasure to be out with... she now stands PERFECTLY at checks, doesn't leave slobber kisses all over every arse in front of her, is calm and careful around the hounds, can navigate any type terrain without incident...
I suppose first flight is all we have left to tackle! :lol: If my good 'ole repeatedly cracked tailbone can withstand it, I think we're going to have to start tackling some of those very, very inviting logs and coops!
Did I mention how much fun I had at Hunt Night at Penn National? Didn't place (31 in the class!!!!!) but had a wonderful time none the less. It was great to see my fellow hunt members out there giving it their all over fences! Perhaps next year:)
What an awesome Opening Day!!!!!!
Can't believe after all the rain/flooding we had on Saturday night that Sunday would turn out so well! As it was my first Opening Day/Blessing of the hounds I had no idea what to expect. What a wonderful experience.
Good scent, good weather, and great commrades! The field was twice as large as any day out cubbing, and everything went fabulously. Everyone stayed in one piece, covered in mud, but, intact.
The afternoon tea was also quite a treat. This is most definitely something I'll never give up!
LOVE every minute of it. Pics to follow!
Skyy - come join me one of these days!!!!
Have you made it out Hunting yet??? Would love an update :D
Originally Posted by skyy