Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I Ride When I Can

Basically a photo dump.


I've been riding as much as possible, which isn't saying a lot. Thanks to SJ's birthday and all the rain and my horse's crappy feet I haven't been on him in almost a week. I'm loving the new saddle and I think Twister does too. And I finally got some White Lightning as recommended by my farrier to help his feet. He said to soak it 3 or 4 times. BUT! The awesomeness is that it comes in gel form! So I cleaned out his feet really well and opened the cracks some and soaked cotton in the gel and put some up the cracks, packed with cotton and put his boots on him. Today after I ride I'll take the cotton back out, reclean and medicate again. Farrier is supposed to be here on Friday, so I really wanted to have made some headway. According to Amazon reviews, this crap works really fast.

Basically, when I'm riding I'm just moving forward, working on my legs and not leaning forward. We need to stretch and work on building muscle before we do too much.

I haven't been on Rascal since the saddle came. I probably should ride him now and then.

have since dropped my irons 2 holes...






Grammy got her a helmet for her bday!


besties

Monday, May 1, 2017

Rascal and the HDR

This is a 2-parter all in one post. I should make two. But that could take another 2 weeks....

Last weekend we went to NY to visit my family. I rode Rascal before we left and a couple times this week. He's been so awesome. One day he started with a lot of head tossing so I took him out of the Micklem and put on his western bit and he still tossed but wasn't so bad. We've been WTC and working on lots of bending and turning. He takes so much umph. I don't always have umph.... He's fun to ride but I don't want him to be my regular kid. At least not until I'm a little stronger. Nothing fazes him though. I'd put greenhorns on him. I don't have very good media of riding him because I usually ride after SJ goes to bed and my person is at work. Maybe when Mom is here.

And then I wasn't supposed to get my new lovely love until Friday.... and today I get home and there is a big box sitting on the porch.... actually 3 boxes. One from Amazon containing SJ's bday gifts, my new TuffRider paddock books and one containing clothes from a college friend for SJ and one with my HDR!

The wind is terrible today. I though we were going to blow the fuck away. But even though I still haven't pulled his loose shoe (I CAN'T FIND MY NIPPERS TO YANK IT OFF WITH!) and and the wind was hurricane force, I had to try it. I could not wait.



he wouldn't stand still







My leg going all over is not a result of the saddle, it's super grippy plus I have full seats on. It's a result of my legs being weak ass. I'm still working on the getting my shit together thing. I've graduated PT apparently but need to keep up with stuff at home and be riding more. 



What do ya'll think?? I really love it already. I'm hoping it works on awkward fat pony long term.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Those who don't make impulse purchaces.....

....find something that might fit even better!

The review for this saddle are great and it looks like it will have plenty of either clearance. Some of the reviews specifically said that it works best on horses with some wither. I'll sleep on it of course. But I think I'm leaning toward this.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Anyone know what this is?

This is on Facebook and I like it and I think it will fit Twister after asking a million questions. But what is it? I think it's an old pro trainer.






Monday, April 17, 2017

I need opinions!

So I have a little tax money....And I was going to allow myself very little of that little to get that new helmet and paddock boots. But my mama says I should get something I really want. And I really want a new saddle. This would be the time. Maybe the only time for a long time.

But......

Do I get a ap/jumping saddle I don't hate so much. More like a CC that I would do all the things in and not hate so much the say I fit in it and how it pushes my leg half way back to China.

Or do I invest in a dressage saddle. Finally. It will be at least another year before I even think about jumping again. And even then I can do the 2ft baby shit in my loathed saddle.

My budget is theoretically very low. Thanks to a cavity that is UNDER my crown and because the crown has a crack it can't be saved and my insurance won't cover new crowns. So there's that. Probably I'd have to be looking at used Wintecs or Teknas for either the CC or Dressage.

And I don't even know if I'm for sure going to go through with a purchase. But weigh in anyways!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rascal the Rockstar

I borrowed a bareback pad from E to use on Rascal so I could ride him. Not that I need one but it certainly helps. Helps me grip, gives me something to hold on to, just in case, and helps me not be covered in Yeti hair.

So I set up a little obstacle course for him and the last 3 days I've been trying my damnedest to find something that will make him hesitate. So far nothing! He's been amazing. I lunge him about 5 minutes before getting on (today we lunged over a x-rail and ummm awesome!) and then we do some walk-trot. He doesn't have much mouth but that's a bit of being green and hardly ridden and a bit of needing his teeth done.



We added the tarp on day 2 and today I added my pallet bridge and a walk down the driveway. Now every single ride, Twister is losing his shit the the paddock right next to us. When we went down the driveway he was careening around the paddock like a fucking idiot. Rascal did not care one bit. Twister is the clingy girlfriend, obviously. He is also extremely jealous. And I feel bad. Because I've had so much fun riding this little kid. Twister needs some loving. Riding loving. None of this grooming, mane-pulling shit.

See Twister running the fence??


Anyways.... I was going to wear spurs and maybe I still should, but Rascal has been doing good with leg or occasionally heel jab. We have a LONG way to go but considering he's been ridden like 10 times since September 2015, I'm really happy. I really want to take him on a little trail ride. But first we need a saddle. Because I'm not riding him bareback. I would die. I've improved quite a bit since last time I rode Rascal but I am not ready for a bareback ride!

Oh and I almost forgot the best part!! This kid fights backing up when he's being ridden like nobody's business. So as you can see in the video, I have a neck strap and use it to ask him to back up and it worked great.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wasting this Awesome Weather

Those of you that are friends with me on Facebook and Instagram know this already.... the other day Twister decided to get a loose shoe. My person was mowing the lawn and Twister and Rascal decided that because they haven't seen a mower since October it was clearly going to eat them and were pretty much breezing around their field. The jackwagon even had bellboots on. But that evening I went out to brush him and pull his mane and pick his feet and he has a loose shoe. So no riding. And I could ride Rascal. Because it has been gorgeous out. And 80s the next few days. But I don't really have a saddle that fits him. My English saddle fits him ok-ish. But is really better for a horse with a gigantic shoulder and also shark fin withers.

So the plan is to try and get in a couple bareback rides on him. Even if we are only walking. I can at least work on lightness and not grazing every step of the way.

The farrier is supposed to come back and fix Twister's shoe and put Curtis' shoe back on (he lost one like 3 days after they were put on!) but he hasn't been by yet.

And because I need a photo for this post, check out how ugly Twister's mane looks. I got a little crazy with the pulling. Not my best mane ever. That's ok. It'll grow. q