Who Rode My Pony?!

I swear someone snuck in and trained my pony while I was gone. I don’t know who, but when I find out….

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I came home after a week away to a pony that canters.

AND I can steer at the canter.

AND she’s picking up the correct leads with correct bend both ways (most times)!

It was…. weird.

Happy! But, weird….

She cantered so well, that we actually tried our very first simple change of lead. It was awful, but we trotted when I asked, turned, and she tried really, really hard to offer up the new lead.

Overall, I was thrilled!

I had dreamed of this day! I thought it would never happen!

We have a CANTER!! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

The rider relief is evident…. hahahaha

I think I may have even cried a bit…..

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Trot work was O.K. Not great. Not terrible. I need a bigger area to work on getting her connected.

We’re always turning. I tried pushing her forward, and she kept breaking to canter. I think I need a long, straight track to trot her on for awhile.

I love this pony’s walk. ūüôā

Photo Bombed!!

I set up two ground poles to trot over. Joy apparently thought we were doing a different discipline instead.

She caught me off guard and I bumped her mouth. ūüė¶

Our haunches-in is getting better!

And more jumping!

I just want to mention that we’ve been doing trot poles for over a year with no issues, but today… these were jumps!¬†Haha

I’m really looking forward to starting lessons in another month or so. ¬†I think the trainer can fix up my riding so Joy can do her job better. ¬†And then, maybe, I can start thinking about entering a schooling show later this year (fingers crossed).

5 minute training video of ride:

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VIP at a Grand Prix show

Visited my parents last week and my father surprised us with VIP tickets at the¬†Fox Lea Farm “Under the Stars” $25,000 Grand Prix jumping show. Talk about fun!!

They let us walk the course (the jumps were huge). I’ve never been this close to jumps at this level. I can’t even imagine riding a horse over this. This jump is taller than both of my horses.

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Our table was right of the middle in this covered area, and we had a great view of the entire course (picture taken from backside).

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We got complimentary drinks and food for being VIP. Pictured below is just a very, very small sample of the goodies we were given. We also had fresh shrimp, a plethora of yummy appetizers to choose from, cookies and chocolate treats. You could also choose different types of beer or wine.

Needless to say, we were stuffed and drunk by the time the show ended.

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The riding was fantastic! I have nothing but blurry photos this time, but the horses were gorgeous and the riders were great.

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They gave us a score card so we could follow along with times and scoring.

We had dragged a couple of non-horsey friends with us and they had a blast too.

This was such an awesome experience. With five of us at the VIP table (which holds 6) the price was quite reasonable¬†for what they gave us (free access to more food than you can possibly eat, more alcohol than you can drink, some of the best deserts I’ve had in a long time, and a great view of the action).

It was  a blast!!

This venue also hosts some high end dressage shows, but my visits never seem to coincide with those. Maybe next year I can get over to see the upper level dressage riders perform. ūüôā

Inconsistent

I had to force myself to ride yesterday. ¬†I’m always glad I rode when I’m done, ¬†but getting geared up to go is sometimes a massive battle of¬†willpower. ¬†It’s difficult to want to ride when you can’t feel your fingers.

We were almost out of daylight by the time I got to Joy, so only a really short ride for her.

They were not the most productive rides. ¬†A few trot circles in the “arena” ¬†and done. ¬†I would not call this “dressage training”. ¬†This is what I call “survival” riding.

I have to say, I was very impressed with Joy. I haven’t actually ridden her in a month. I’ve lunged her some, and we’ve done some desensitization training, but no riding. I really expected a spazzed out, flighty pony on my hands. Instead, it was actually quite relaxing and pleasant. I was super impressed.

It snowed and snowed and snowed yesterday…

Ava was waiting on her treat.

I’m having a hard time riding consistently. ¬†Between my lack of energy and the the bad weather/footing, I haven’t been able to do more then one or two rides a week (and those were short rides).

I can’t express how badly I envy people with indoor arenas right now.

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My farrier was out last week to trim the mares. ¬†Ava is a badly behaved, ¬†evil beast when anyone unfamiliar is¬†in the barn. ¬†This time she was charging the stall door when the farrier was near it, ¬†and then turning and double barrel kicking at him. ¬†It’s not specific to him. ¬†She does it to the vet, ¬†the dentist, ¬†pretty much anyone except my husband and I. She’s an indiscriminate a-hole.

Anyway… Farrier went after her (with my blessing). I gave him my whip and when she charged the door he burst into the stall and scared the bejesus out of her (he didn’t touch her, ¬†just scared her). ¬†I need to pay him more. ¬†Poor guy. ¬†Has to discipline my horses for me. ¬†*sigh*

She used to do the same to me when I was handling Joy or Jessie, but after several “come to Jesus” ¬†moments, ¬†she no longer even thinks about it. ¬†I think the issue now is that she knows I won’t get after her when strangers are around. ¬†It’s hard to hold a horse for the vet and¬†charge into a stall to put the fear of God into a horse.

She sure makes Joy seem like the happiest, ¬†best behaved pony in the world. ¬†ūüôā