Sunday, November 21, 2010

Demo+Red Horse Update

The therapeutic Riding Demo was so much fun!!
I would do it again in a heartbeat. Basically what i did was ride around following instructions while Missy Ransehousen narrated the ride. For those of yall that don't know Missy Ransehousen is the US Para Dressage team coach, who coaches Rebecca Hart. Who is in my opinion the best para-rider the US has. That and i love her horse :)
It was so much fun to meet Missy and one of her able-bodied riders, who rode a big chestnut tb from Australia who was so pretty!!
The only pictures we have of me were so blurry there is no point in putting them up, but i might be able to find some on the internet from their website, so we will see.

India was so good, i'm so proud of her!!
There were lots of kids diabled and abe-bodied in the metal stands that were jumping on the stands and dropping crutches during my ride and indie didn't even blink an eye. We got to show off some of the basic first level moves but mostly did the equivilent of training level, because there were three riders and the second rider was only riding second level and there had to be a distinction between riders.

So needless to say me and indie were kinda bored doing endless 20 meter and 15 meter and ten meter circles. I swear if india could talk this is what the ride would have sounded like
 "mom mom mom mom mom mom moooooooom moooooooooooom!!! i'm boooreed........are we done yeett??"
but she behaved herself and did some nice collected and extended canter, and everyone loved her.
Highlight of the Demo: being asked if i was going to the Olympics next year and being told that india was a perfect angel and the best part of the demo :)
Thanks for the awesome opportunity ms. Shelley!! and thanks for volunteering me ms. lisa!!

So on to the red horse, who is so smart its not even funny. You can teach him something and come back a week later and pick up right where you left off.
So right now we're just working on keeping his noodly self straight and his head down and reaching for the bit, and taking a little more contact on the inside rein.

after only about three weeks we already have before and after pictures for walk and trot and actually being able to take a pictue of canter and concentrate enough to take a picture instead trying to take a picture and all you can think is "oh my lawd...........damn, its like a box of cockroaches, legs everywhere"

Brown shirt= me
Blue shirt= leslie
Black shirt= lindzay

i look like a peanut!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Long time no see!!

So school is made of fail right now, all my teachers decided to schedule their before-break tests at the SAME TIME!! and mid-terms is coming, and I've been lucky to get to the barn twice in a week. Two days out of seven is horrible!! we're making very limited progress and I'm just really put out about the whole thing.

But in other news.......THANKSGIVING!!!!
break starts in t-minus 20 hours and i have all elective classes tomorrow, thank the good lord in heaven!!

So in horse news on Saturday I'm going to be the "official dressage ambassador" for a therapeutic riding center, I'm going to be riding first level test four. Which I'm excited about because i love that test, like i love it :)

And I'm going to force into photography service some unlucky soul that is going to video me riding, cause how many times is one a demo rider in life??

Also we might be able to sneak indie up to Evie's to go visit Roamer and Armani over break, and hopefully start laying the groundwork down for third level and play around with the second level tests. So i can go get ma bronze medal!! ;)

Oh!! i almost forgot!!
Shout out to Ms Stephanie Bedford, CONGRATS on being a working student for Hassler Dressage!! We're all rooting for you, while secretly being really really jealous ;) love you and the big red guy!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pictas of da horsey

tiny  kenai  red  wrigley.................He who must not be named

Monday, November 1, 2010

Introducing Kenai!!

Yeah a new pony to ride!!
well "pony" is a relative term seeing as he is 17.1 hands.
and i'm 5'2......i look a peanut.

He is an off the track race horse, whose official jockey club name is Going for Broke.
needless to say he didn't go and his owners went broke. 

Our cowboy friend picked him up for about $100 and called us and said "i have your new dress-edge horse!!, his name is tiny!!"
He is a three year old so he's still growing, heaven help us. He's chesnut and has a white blaze. He needs to gain about 200 pounds, i don't like my dressage horses racing thin. We already renamed him, Kenai which is a national park in alaska.
He is the sweetest thing ever, nothing bothers him at all. His gaits are going to be HUGE once he learns to use himself correctly they are already big.
He's one of the nicest OTTBs i've ever seen, once his shoulders catch up with his butt.

My mom is technically going to be training him since she's started more horses then me, but i think we all know who is going to end up riding him most in the end ;)

Right now we're just working on getting him to round his back and reach for the bit, how to turn not like a western horse, and getting off your leg. He's already got the jist of turning correctly and putting his head down at walk and trot. and this is the third time he's been ridden in dressage, smart buggar.

By the way he will probably be for sale as soon as he is showing training level and training first level, so save your pennies!!