Weather is finally lifting and everybody is getting to ride more, so lets share our successes! Big or little!
Took my 5 yr old OTTB to a show this past weekend and despite the rain I don't think you could have slapped the smile off my face. So proud if her and love how proud she seems of herself!
We did a Baby Hunter division which offered an o/f class with just 4 cross rails. I was shocked when she got first. I think she just looked so pleased with herself that the judge gave in to her cuteness!
LOVE the smile! I hate seeing fake smiles but see the genuine smile and I cannot help but smile back!
Congrats! I know the feeling all too well. My mare was 4 last summer and I did the cross rails at her first show, ended up with Div champ.... I was so SHOCKED, all I could do was smile and pat her. I must have looked like a fool since it was a messily schooling show.
I hope to do the 2'9s with her this year. I hope to see photos of y'all!
My other client's almost 5 year old Belgian WB went to his first "Big Boy" show this past week and was a SUPERSTAR! Even packed his 13 year old kid around like an old pro!
No good pictures of the just turned 5 year old who is clocking around 2' courses with an auto change in a BEAUTIFUL light frame (he raced last July!). Here's a picture of him just being adorable though.
I also have a 5 year old MONSTER (17.2+) of a holstiener who's just being broke. He's not going quite as smoothly as the other 3 but I'm sure he's just waiting to be spectacular any day now
I just got word that Myst was chosen for training at a Mustang Training center.
He is going GREAT and is on the very verge of having someone pop up on him. We have been taking lessons at a Morgan barn and my trainer is very impressed with the work I have done with him so far. The training program will finish him off and round him out to become a perfect partner. The best part. IT IS FREE!! The Intern was looking for a horse she can hone her skills on under the savvy eye of the head trainer and out of all the people who submitted Myst was chosen. I can hardly wait. He gets picked up next week, by summer we will be ready for whatever comes our way!
I have a coming 3 year old who I was going to think about sitting on after she turned 3 this month (May). Well, I couldn't help myself and sat on her for the first time in March. She gets ridden once every 7-10 days (for like 5 min, tops) and she has been the most fun baby to work with. She's so level headed without venturing into the "dull" territory.
My other baby (5yo) headed to the first show of the year last week. He was very impressed by the 1.15m courses, so we ended up back in the little ring to let his brain remember that he doesn't have to overdo it so much. Two steps forward, one step back seems to be the name of the game this season!
__________________________________ Forever exiled in the NW.
I've done a couple jumping lessons with my guy (6 year old ArabianxSaddlebred). This spring, we'll be getting him really going over fences. He LOVES jumping. We've been working hard on really solidifying our flatwork, with the occasional small jump lesson thrown in when he's being good. He perks right up every time the hunt saddle comes out, and has happily popped over everything we've asked him to (including flowers). I was lunging him this weekend in between some cones that had been set up for a beginner lesson earlier that day, and he insisted on jumping the cone closest to him.
I am really hoping that we can take him, as well as my new dressage mare, to the Arab/Half-Arab sporthorse nationals next year (do we have an Arab sporthorse clique?).
Where am I and what am I doing in this handbasket?
My now 6 year old went to a poker ride (with jumps) a few weeks ago. I was sidelined from Turkey day to Mid February after surgery on my elbow, and I swear, with every surgery, I lose more courage when I get back to riding (this is two since July 2009)... and neither surgery has anything to do with horses or injury due to horses, but my courage slips away, regardless... But I think I got a bit of mojo back a few weeks ago out in the field when we conquered a few of these:
But the funniest "baby green" story came from our first show back (since August - damn that elbow really hurt last year). I did a decent job of laying down the first trip in one of our tougher local shows with about 18 horses, mostly pro trips. The second trip wasn't going to place due to a missed lead change, but going into the hack I thought, "damn, if I did a primary in the first trip, WHEN I win th ehack, I might salvage reserve champion out of this..."
To be fair, Lido is a legitimate contender for the blue in most company, and I knew the judge's tastes, and I thought her tastes would be a heaping helping of Lido.
So we placed 4th in the first class, but imagine my surprise, as I am planing my win in the hack... that my horse, without so much as an ear flick, shoulder bend, or other hint of any kind... executes a perfect lead change right in front of the judge's stand. WTF?!?!?! LOL I think I stared at his shoulder for 10 strides trying to figure out if he really had done that (he had)... So even when they are 6 they can mess with your head.
Definition of "Horse": a 4 legged mammal looking for an inconvenient place and expensive way to die. Any day they choose not to execute the Master Plan is just more time to perfect it. Be Very Afraid.
And thank you for the compliments on my girl! This horse has helped me find that smile again after some rough times with past horses and trainers. I just love her goofy moments and happy moments! She's the first horse I've ever been on that I actually catch myself laughing out loud on for no good reason. People probably think I'm loopy.
Skipper is a 4 y.o. TB that I bought from the breeder last August. He was very colty and immature when I bought him. We played with a bit of ground driving in the fall and someone got on him a couple of times. Then we moved to another barn, it rained, and we finally started working with him more consistently about six weeks ago. With the trainer he goes WTC, turns, and looks darn civilized. On a good day I can trot and managed to turn at the same time.
Just wondering how everyone made out this season! My girl is back home for some much deserved R&R. Trail riding during out cold season and then see where we are on the spring. By the end of the summer she was cantering 2' courses! Still loving this horse!
Oh she looks fabulous congratulations on what seems like a great season. Ours started off amazing, went to our first show in baby greens in June and Sullivan won 3 out of 4 classes and I even did my first full course on him.....and then....injury!
But, he's healing extremely well and as of yesterday's vet visit should be good to start back in work in about 3-4 weeks. He's full of energy and has decided that his little rehab paddock needs to be smaller.......sigh........you'd think he'd of made it bigger hahahahahaha
Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!