Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Clinic Recap: Part I

Dover halter model <3

Tesla came out of the trailer snorting and blowing, excited by all the activity and new surroundings.(and the little palomino pony prancing along the fence line)

I put our groundwork to good use, and made her do all her tricks until she was focused on me.  She settled right down, so I tacked her up and walked her over to the rings.

As we walked over when it was our turn, Jutta asked me, 'Can you communicate with this horse?"and I laughed, "This is absolutely my horse."

 and I could feel that resonate throughout the lesson: I can see a huge difference in how much Tesla and I can have a conversation, and that her sensitive nature lends itself to communication: she is an open book, everything is written on her sleeve!

Tesla had one looky moment (a huge umbrella flapped suddenly in the wind) but I said it was OK, and she calmed right down and went right back to work.

Trust.



Monday, August 29, 2016

A bit of a teaser....





Put on my white pants and had a mind-blowing clinic this weekend.

More to come ;)

Monday, August 22, 2016

xo



Went to see Tesla on the weekend. She was grazing way out in the back of the pasture, so I hollered her name and clapped my hands. This girl came FLYING up from the very end of the pasture, leaping and frolicking, whinnying the whole way and with her face full of food.    

Those ears! That bottom lip!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

What's your type?


A gal at work asked me what my "type" was, and I rattled off a list of things I like in a fella: intelligent, sensitive, brave, big-hearted, a good work ethic, fairly good-looking, and then I caught myself laughing, so basically, a thoroughbred!












Monday, August 15, 2016

Tack Review: Classic Equine BioFit Correction Western Saddle Pad



Dad and I checked out all the tack this weekend to make sure everything fit, and took it on a test ride around the property.


First up on the list: Breastplates!

We hit up a local used tack shop and made out like bandits!! Tesla's chest measures the same as my outstretched arms (perfect for hugs? I think so) and I found a plain one that was juuuuusssst right ;)

I ordered one of these saddle pads from Riding Warehouse:



cause ya know, withers..


I was super impressed with the quality (this pad is going to last forever!). I liked the gel inserts (they were very squishy!) and and Tesla responded really well to it (just like the Diamond Wool Pad under the AP saddle) so I'm sure it "quiets" my seat to a whisper :) perfect for sensitive thoroughbreds, and when I pulled it off, the sweat marks were perfectly symmetrical (score!)


Tess was moving very well off my leg: we did lots of "drunken sailor" wandering. I kept it low key, but she seems to be feeling much better - no girthiness, so forward, happy ears, so fingers crossed she is on the mend :)


and this girl has really taken a shine to my Dad - <3! Belly-rubs for the WIN.


The tack is fitting well, comfortable for all parties, and can't wait to hit the real trails next weekend!



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Moves




Went out to see Tesla this past weekend, and take her for a spin. She was great for me, very forward and willing; her canter is still very bouncy, she tends to ball up and over-collect, so I will definitely need to be working long and low, to help her relax and build up some strength.

The trainer also voiced concerns that Tesla wasn't herself, and while it is clear she definitely has favourites, ( i.e. ME, lol) Nicol was concerned that she wasn't really progressing as she would like, and was grumpy with her: she suspected ulcers. And that doesn't seem too far fetched to me, there has been a lot of change for Tesla recently, and maybe she has internalized all of it.

So we made the decision that since her 30 day tune-up was nearing the end to bring her back to my parents, for 24-7 turnout and start her on Probiotics and Gastroguard (ouch you guys!). Dad and I are planning some easy trail rides (can't wait to try the new little saddle!) and lots of loving (Mom goes out to check on her and rub her nose all the time).

Her first day out in the pasture, we saw some moves like this:



Legs flying every direction: I think she needed a good play out in the field....









Thursday, August 4, 2016

Blog Hop: 10 questions for August


Thanks, L from Viva Carlos, for another great Blog Hop :)


1. What is your biggest source of caffeine that gets you through the day? (drink, not just brand)

Coffee! Made on the stovetop percolator with the milk whips to within an inch of it's life and a smidgen of sugar. I'll also go for tea (Good Earth Original) which is nice and cinnamon-y and makes a room smell delicious.


2. Do you honestly think your trainer is the best trainer for you?

I've cliniced (is that a word? I think it is a word....) with an instructor from Germany - and she was the best by far! If I could magically fly her in to be my personal trainer I would :)
3. One token of advice a fellow rider/trainer/horse person told you that you still remember to this day.

"Is that your trot?!" (from above mentioned beloved trainer :)
4. If riding meant costing your family so much money that they’d be basically on poverty line, or making your family terribly unhappy (if they were not supportive or understanding, etc.) would you still do it?

I have always found creative ways to ride as inexpensively as possible (working student, polo team, you name it ;)

5. (Girls) would you ride while pregnant?

Not crossing that bridge until I get there :)

6. How do you tell when a horse likes someone/has bonded with you or someone else?

So timely! How about if said horse drops 100lbs when you don't come out and see her for a week? Or you always find yourself saying, "Huh, she never does that with me...."
7. Are horses capable of loving, in your opinion?

Absolutely.
8. If you could have one horse from your past come back for 5 minutes, who would it be, why, and what would you do with them in those 5 minutes?

Goldie - she would be 36 now if she was still around, her favourite thing was when we would come around a bend in the orchard where there was a clear road path, and we always blasted it there full speed (bareback and in a hackamore).
9. Should a trainer also be a friend, or should it be a student/teacher relationship?

I like to keep things professional.
10. One piece of advice/training you were given by a trainer or mentor that you look back on now and view it as incorrect?
Yanking on the inside rein (so sorry Porsche!)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Forward!



So Tesla's trainer was out of town this weekend, so no big black pony visits...but I went ahead and drove over to take the Porsche on a trail ride.

She's looking like a bit of a wild child at the moment
(My Dad likes her mane to be as long as possible, lol! Boys and long locks, LOL) 

I had her in a hackamore - which she seems to be liking! At first we had zero steering, and backing was huh???  but it got better :)


Look at the bend in that neck!

She was SO FORWARD! 

I've never been able to get that level of quality march out of her in the ring, and this girl was marching, and working over every bit of her back. I can see why they hack out the fancy dressage horses in Europe!

We did a bit of exploring in an area I'd never gone before, weaving in and out of trees, startled a coyote up out of the brush, and a few seconds later, a giant jackrabbit.

She is just such a BLAST!