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Getting Fancy

And we have videographic evidence! But first (read: youtube is taking forever), I thought I would introduce Cecil:

Cecil Loves You

Cecil Loves You

Cecil is a nine year old TB, whose last race occurred a day or two  before he arrived.  He had re-injured an old bow to the left front and needed several months of stall rest.  Because our resources are limited, our horses generally live on field board until they are in training.  But this guy happened to be one of those lucky horses owned by good people, who also provided the funding for the two months of stall rest that Cecil would need.  Right now his injured leg is kept bandaged, and his movement is being limited.  Everyone who meets him seems shocked that he’s so… mellow about the whole thing.  This is a horse who was in training, racing actively, suddenly put on stall rest and moved to a strange environment with a different routine.  Given those circumstances, it does seem surprising that he has not blown a gasket.  But he’s probably one of the most content horses in the barn (helped, no doubt, by the spoiling he’s getting from other boarders, who sneak him fresh picked grass through his window.

OK, well… all that typing and youtube is still busy.  So we will have to do with a still photo instead. 


 Probably not the best photo, but we can’t have everything.  Somehow, I’m way in front of my saddle even though it felt like I wasn’t.  I mean, I felt like I waited and my leg didn’t move, but the photo doesn’t bear that out at all.  I hate watching myself ride sometimes.  My college riding coach would be beating me right now, if she were within arm’s reach.  In any case, we did the crossrail a few times in each direction.  Her first time over was a little awkward, but she figured it out the next few times. 

Oh Goody! Videos are done.

I call this one “The Hunchback of Notre Dame Goes Riding

Hopping X-Rail to the left:

Magical Mare:

‘Til next time!

Rosie gets Famous-er

On video, from the Washington Post

I will have more later, right now, have to get ready for work! 🙂

Rosey Takes Over Showgrounds

Rosey Meandering around the show

Rosey Meandering around the show

Today Rosalicious went to her second show, to do the same two classes we did the last time. Just a nice, easy Adult Eq division with a walk-trot class to get her used to things.

Today went much better than the last time, in terms of her getting used to showgrounds, me conquering the hop ‘n’ spin, and the giraffe-neck of last time not making an appearance. At first, she actually was a little more unsettled than last time, snorting and not standing well for getting tacked up. When I mounted up she speedwalked in a direction of her choosing (towards where I had handwalked her earlier), and we had our only little tiff of the day.

“that way!” she said

“no. This way!” I replied, with a big opening left rein and a kick

“noooo! THAT way!” she responded, with a half hop and attempted pop of the shoulder to the right.

“no… This time I actually mean it, darling.” with a couple swats of the crop and a growl.


That was the last I saw of the attempted Hop ‘n’ Spin move all day. Though she bulged and tried to get opinionated a few times, I think we may finally have that kicked.

Anyway, onwards we went to a warmup area behind the jumper ring, as we had gotten there a little too late to warm up in the actual ring. She started out a little quick, but settled VERY quickly at the trot. Even taking nice big steps and rounding her neck in a way I’ve never seen her do before. Her first canter was lovely, but her second got a little strong- going downhill and away from the trailers she just wanted to go. It was hardly terrifyingly fast, but she wasn’t listening, which is a worrying feeling for any rider. Fortunately (well, sort of), her fitness level is not that high yet, and the solution to this problem was turning her uphill, where she promptly ran out of steam.

I kept her busy for a while just doing lots of little patterns, taking her over some interesting terrain where she had to pay attention to her feet, etc. When we came back to the walk, she was trail-quiet Rosey again. On a floppy rein, and “grunting” with every step. Her ears were even flopping.

Later, as we moseyed towards the ring, she started getting a little antsy and worked up again, so I followed the same drill, just asked her to work around and got her attention back, and it worked very nicely.

When we entered the ring, she was very relaxed- interested in everything but not jumpy. Remembering the trouble I had last time when taking her off the rail, I immediately cut across the ring with her, and made a little circle. She was fine with that. She started off her W/T class with a bit of a high head but not nearly as quick on her feet as last time. Our major problem was her trying to watch what was going on outside the ring, on the side opposite the judge she was very interested in a couple of spectators and the woods (not in a scared way, but a way that suggested she was trying to identify what types of trees she was looking at). At the lineup, she stood like a real lady, on a totally loose rein, not worried in the least about the other horses stepping ahead of her.

The second class went very well- she picked up her first canter like a champ, and though she was a little quicker than I’d like at points, she was very relaxed, and we had a grand time. The second direction, we missed our lead, I think three times in a row, which was her telling me, “hey dork, quit your leaning!” it just took me a little while to get the message. Oh well. Again she stood in the lineup perfectly. Such a lady!

Our ribbons were fourth and fifth, respectively. It might have gone better if I did not look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. (I apparently need a strict lady with a ruler to follow me around and smack me every time I slouch).


Jumping Lessons

After the silliness of yesterday, it was decided that maybe Rosey needed to figure out this jumping thing on her own. Especially from the trot.  So it was too the ring we went, all decked out in cute jumping boots, to try some free jumping. 

One of the early attempts:

I’m feeling a little more like it maybe wasn’t just my monkey riding yesterday, and more like it might also have something to do with her coordination and experience level. Further attempts got a little better:

and finally, she does a little better (though, admittedly from the canter)

Right after I put the camera down she did a very nice trot jump and went through the in and out, as a bounce.  Seems she got her confidence level up a little bit, anyway, which is the whole goal.  A few more rounds of this and I’m thinking we’ll be in much better shape.

Coming up for Rosey- another possible field trip to a public event… stay tuned!

Trail Rides Gone Wild

Well, not really really wild, because Rose is fine on trails…

Today we went for a mosey with Allie, on TRUCKEE!, and Lisa on Woodmeister, figuring a mosey would be good as she’s been getting some work lately.  We headed out and everything was going very well.  Truckee needed a little help getting over having other horses go away from him (Lisa wanted to jump the tires with Woods, but when she went ahead, truckster got a little worried).  Working on that for a few minutes, though, Truck got over it. 

Rose has been through that drill enough times that it’s old hat, of course.  However, she still needs work as far as being Camera Horse.  We tried to take some pics of Woods jumping, but Rosey (while not being worried or being bad) did not understand that full stillness and cooperation are vital assets for the Camera Horse, and as a result we got a lot of this:

Woody Conquers the Tires

Woody Conquers the Tires

After this, we wandered around the woods for a little bit, then decided to go back to the good part of the stream, so we could practice wading (which again, Rosey mastered the last time out, but the boys are… well, distractable).  We arrived in the water, and Rosey happily led the way down the stream, when… well… video speaks for itself:

Gotta hand it to Rose, she paid absolutely no mind to their shenanigans (if you think Woody also did not want to lay down in the water, you’d be wrong) and rolled her eyes at them.  She was smart, and decided that the grass and greens on the bank of the stream were far more interesting than the idiot geldings and munched until they had all recovered their wits.

Back at the barn, we hopped over the little log and the ditch a few times, and suffered through another green moment (they’re getting rarer and rarer!).  We also decided that since she is packing on weight like a champ, it was a good time to take a new conformation picture.  Of course, this is not easy.  A lot of people like to critique our attempts at conformation pictures from the track, but knowing how hard it is to get a good one at home, I have to make the point that it’s not so easy getting feet lined up and lighting right and the horse not standing in a hole and the right perspective so they don’t look weak-butted or short-legged… In any case, since I am going off on a tangent, I will simply pop in a few of the better shots. 

I am not impressed with your empty hand.

I am not impressed with your empty hand.

I seem to be leaning.

I seem to be leaning.

Focus? What?

Focus? What?

The point of all that?  Well, she’s gaining weight and getting pretty, don’t you think? 

Soft Arms

Rosey and I had a lovely, lovely ride tonight.  The weather was cool (post t-storm!), the sunset was gorgeous, and life is pretty awesome.  In any case, after our last ride, I wanted to focus on a little more forward, and on my own monkey self. 

One of the things I have to keep reminding myself when riding is to stop worrying so much about her. I kept catching myself looking at her ears, as if by looking down and reaching out with MY head, I could get her to reach out with hers.  Not so much.  Sitting deep and tall, and keeping my mind on “forward” we get much better results (amazing!)

And at one point I found myself getting frustrated- going to the left, I felt she was heavier/stiffer on the left rein, and my arm was getting tired.  Then I remembered that the same thing used to happen with my horse, and some long-ago yelled instruction echoed in my brain, to relax and stop STIFFENING my left arm.  If I get soft, she’ll get soft (and again, this is like magic!) 

Tonight we also had some very good canter work (at least, from my perspective).  We are not quite ready for perfect transitions to the canter from the walk (I was feeling ambitious and tried it), but her transitions from the trot are getting easier and easier, more balanced every time with less quickness and running.  Her circles are getting stronger as her hind end improves, and to the left I can keep her aligned very easily on those circles.  To the right, it’s a fair bit harder, but I’m not sure how much is her and how much is just that I have a horrible time closing my left leg the same way I do with my right (I need some lunge lessons).  Several times at the canter, I could feel her becoming very rhythmic and even, and felt like she was stretching out into longer, slower strides. 

After our ride, we had some nice, quality currying… She’s not spoiled AT ALL! 🙂

I Think She’s Going to Have to Stay

Because I like her.  It is not Klondike-love, but she’s a very cool and sweet and lovely little thing, isn’t she?

I bring you loooooove!

I bring you loooooove!

Oh dear… from that angle she is seriously the most adorable thing on four legs, isn’t she?  (and, note to potential buyers, if you’re walking, and collapse onto her neck to hug her, she stops.  It’s a wonderful built-in emergency brake. Just FYI)

I don’t have much that is new or important today, but I rode her around a little seeing as her foot seems to feel better, and she is a wonderful little lady despite her physical shortcomings.  Not that her issues are huge- she just doesn’t have a lot of muscle or flexibility.  So I think with some work she will go from “cute” to “hey, who’s that sexy lady?”


Soon to be hunter? 🙂

It’s nice to have someone there to take pictures.  Today’s photographer was Allie, who fortunately came cantering up the driveway just in time to get evidence of our ride.  She is also videographer extraordinaire, and took a few.  It’s interesting watching myself ride on video.  I have a tendency to focus far more on my equitation shortcomings than most people do- probably because of the many years in Big Eq Wannabe Land.  In any case, it’s very easy when riding to think that a horse might be slightly fussy with the bit, or on the opposite end of the spectrum, that a horse is stretching out and down.  Then I see the video, and realize some of that (both the “good” and the “bad”) may have simply been a reaction to my hands.  They’re a little unsteady in some spots, and a little not-following in others. 

And my leg… oy.  Really need to get a grip with the lower leg, and not so much the knee.  Fortunately at this point, it’s not bugging her that much because she doesn’t really know any better.  But I am a believer that horses tend to go how they’re ridden. So if you ride them right, they’ll go right.  I really think there are physiological reasons why good riding is good- so I think the next few rides I have will be spent focusing on those basics within me, instead of even trying to teach her anything (of course, she may improve and learn just by virtue of me riding a little better, too).   In any case, video:

But holy heck she’s cute.  hehe. 🙂