In the messiness of life you find the gold nuggets.

It’s been an interesting week with my Mister Magoo!! Training isn’t always sunshine and roses! Thursday Mister dumped me in the dirt when he was mad about something he thought we couldn’t do so we’ve been working through that the last few days and he has become amazing. Working through the messy stuff is the only way to get through to the great stuff, both in riding and in life! It was a difficult few days and on Friday I had a thought I didn’t want to keep it doing it. On Friday I was so upset I was in tears and wanted to just give up on Mister and it still upsets that I even had that thought. But we worked through it and on Saturday that horse was amazing both in his attitude and what we were able to do! He is such a smart horse! It really doesn’t take long for him to figure things out both for good and well for evil lol He teaches me way more than I could ever repay him for.  

Often we don’t want to work through the messiness, we prefer to have our rides and our lives to be neat and not have any conflict.  But it’s in those moments of messiness that we see who we are and what we are capable of!  Mister and I have been fighting with contact for years!  We have never been able to get it!  Whenever I would put pressure and contact on him he would fight it and I would give in!  So I was teaching him to fight it and that I would give in.  It finally came to a head on Thursday when he bucked me off after I had been putting some pressure on.  So we went back to the snaffle and did some exercises and kept putting pressure on and did a whole bunch of ground exercises and while it isn’t perfect we had a really nice ride on Saturday and he seemed much more willing to accept  contact and pressure and generally was a much more willing horse in general.  It was nice to see that once we worked through things there was a visible improvement! It isn’t something that I’ll be able to leave and forget about though, I will continually need to be checking it and making sure that we are working on it.  Just like in life there are things that we need to continually be checking in on and working on.  I really love how whatever I’m working on in riding usually translates into whatever I’m dealing with in the rest of my life.  Horses are really the greatest mirrors, not to say that they don’t have their own personalities and Mister really does have his own personality, but he also  mirrors my own which makes it so I need to deal with whatever is going on so that I don’t wind up on my butt in the dirt again!

I’m looking forward to what this week brings!!  I know that I will need to keep working on it but I also know that we can work past it!  I am super excited to ride tomorrow!  So until next week, happy riding!!

 

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Watch “The canter!” on YouTube

Trying to get a nice canter transition!  My first attempt at posting video on youtube as well! Also video of my niece practicing her posting!!

Passing on the horse bug!!

I’ve had an excellent couple of weeks.  Mister has been amazing while we’ve been working on our dressage and then last week I had my nieces come visit so we got to show off a bit and hang out while my nieces had their lessons!  They had sooo much fun! My one niece has a horse but her horse is quite difficult for a beginner so she does not ride her and doesn’t have much opportunity for lessons anywhere else.  And my other niece loves horses but doesn’t have one and has only had lessons a couple times a year when she comes to visit!  So both are pretty inexperienced and they both cantered on the first day!  The horse they were on decided they were ready!  They loved it!  They rode 3 days in a row and got to ride on 2 different horses and got to try out the english saddle!  Watching them trying to learn posting was pretty funny!  Definitely reminds me of how much fun learning to ride was when I was first learning!  And always keep that joy of learning when you ride!  This is a fun and lifelong passion so always strive to keep learning fun and to pass it on to the next generation!! Here are some pics of our adventures!  Tomorrow I’m learning some new exercises so I will try to make sure I remember that and not get frustrated if I can’t figure it out!!

 

When it’s too hot to ride you have a bath!

We decided to give Cierra a bath and get a few updated pictures of her!  Last year my friend and I took a few pictures of our 2 fillies.  They both came on the trailer together last year and have been the best of friends ever since!  They were in pens beside each other for a few months, then we separated  them but eventually we put them back beside each other again!  They are the same age (only weeks  apart) but came from different farms.  My friends filly Mika is a Quarterhorse and Cierra is an Andalusian cross (Paint and Thoroughbred-so pretty much an Andalusian Quarterhorse cross!).  And last year were the same size but Mika has really grown!  Cirra seems pretty content to be staying the same height as she was this winter!  I think next week I will measure her!

Neither Cierra or Mika had had a bath, so today we decided to give them a bath and get some updated pictures! So here are some of them!  Neither of them particularly enjoyed the baths but after the initial shock of the cold water they both were a lot less reactive by the time we rinsed than they were in the beginning!