Saturday, July 14, 2018

1 Week In

Curtis has only had 1 day off since I got on him last Saturday. He's been great. Half the time I don't even lunge him anymore. We even led SJ around on him all over the property. Where he's never been ridden before. Past things that Twister is still spooking at.

she's been wanting to do this for months

But as mellow as he's been *knock on wood* he still has a lot of things to learn.
-stand still when I mount up
-Moving off my leg
-making circles that aren't a quarter mile in diameter
-paying attention and not worrying when your buddies who are also outside are not standing right on the fence  watching.

He does have fantastic brakes. And halts square. So the hard part is basically done right??

The last 2 nights because of the sore tootsies (farrier on Monday *fingers crosses*) I lunged him lightly with loose side reins to encourage stretching down and out. And then I got on him with a dressage whip and used it to help him stop being deaf to my leg. Today I added little bitty cones and taught him to turn around them. I try to keep my reins relaxed and use a lot of leg.

2 for $1 at the dollar tree
going back for more...
dressage letters!
I was pretty proud of him when after only a few times around the cones he knew to turn around him. I could make him a barrel horse. Haha jk. After doing each cone alone, I used the cones like corners in an arena. He picked up on what the job was right away and for the first time stopped trying to cut the space in half.

This was all at the walk by the way. As soon as he has shoes we can do this at the trot and see if we can actually make some decent corners and learn to bend around my leg into them and and make some nice circles. And he's so happy to be back in work.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Riding Curtis!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday afternoon my person got home for break early and it was a perfect gorgeous day for riding. In fact SJ and I had already been riding and I lunged Curtis. But I ran out and for the first time since he was a baby, I got on Curtis. Remember, he's been on layup for over a year and a half and has been doing ground work irregularly for 2 months. Saturday I got on in the stall and rode off and he was great.

I basically haven't been able to stop smiling about it. He has a big bouncy trot and naturally carries himself up hill. I was only on him for like 10-15 mins but he was great.

I've been on him every day so far, making today Day 3. He needs to learn to move off my leg better. He's a bit deaf to it. Which surprises me because my person exercised him and he rides off his leg and even gallops long so he can use his legs to ask for leads etc. He accepts bit contact pretty well though, although after I ask for a walk he wants to rip the reins out of my hands. But it's just bad habits and little things we can work on.

17 hands of handsome

I'm not getting my hopes up but I'd love to take him to the schooling dressage show in November. I have 4 months so as long as I don't slack off and go to a lesson or 2 off farm I might just be able to go without looking like an unorganized idiot.

throw back to his 1st ride ever, almost 5 years

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Schooling Shows!?

I live 40 mins from the horse capitol of the Untied States and I legit cannot find any open shows around here! I'd have to drive 1.5 or more!!!! I have scoured the internet and Facebook groups trying to find a flipping show that won't cost $300 or I won't have to drive 2 hours.

What I want is to do leadline with SJ and to also ride a dressage test or even do open hunter classes or something. Even if it's just on the flat (considering I've been over a jump all of 4x in the last 8 months.....) I can find nothing that has both. So maybe leadline will have to wait for next summer. Because I am NOT hauling horses all over hells half acre for SJ to spend 5 mins in the saddle.

cutest little lead-liner everrrr

My country fair: not even 4h horse shows, let alone open shows. It's so annoying!!!!!!

I found a schooling dressage show in November that maybe just maybe I could even have Curtis ready for. It's at a very nice farm where I've done a MT before. Just shy of an hour away. No leadline. But I could do Intro test A B or C or Training level 1. He's been on a lungeline for almost 2 months. It's time to get on his ass. Even though he's become an asshole all of the sudden.

I could even take Twister. I could ride (badly) any test on him............

Only the show IS in November. So it could either be 50* and gorgeous or be 30* and pissing rain........ so that's always a fun gamble!

Anyone else feel like when you have a goal you are more regimented in your routine? You make more of an effort to get on your horse even when it's 1000* or you have a cold or head ache or are so freaking tired? I feel like a show would make me work harder on both horses. Because I do get lax. But after a week or so of getting back into a steady routine, it's easier to keep going. And before I know it, both pony and I are fit and progressing.

fat cow
I'm also ready to buy a dressage saddle. So if anyone has one in the $400 range? 17.5-18" seat and adjustable gullet is a must because he is all belly and no topline but he get's tankish and thick with work and I'll have to make the saddle wider as he gets fit again. So Wintec or Tekna??

Friday, May 18, 2018

Official OTTB

Doc came out today to the farm to give Da Money Man's right front tendon 1 last ultrasound. In June 2017 we were told 6 more months and we gave him nearly 12 making that 20 months off total.

He said while the tendon is healed, the tear was the length of his leg and there is so much scar tissue that by the time he's working 1/2 mile he will just tear again and be worse off.

I'm bummed we won't see him race again. Kid could run.

drugged -_-

So now I have to start him back slowly. Hand walking hills. Long slow trots on the lunge line. Slow walks and trots under saddle up and down the hills. Slowly bring him back into work and get him fit again. And he now shares Twister's separation anxiety buddy sourness. So it's going to be SOOOOOOOOOO much fun.

"vet better not be here for me!"

If you have any tips on what I could do with him, especially in hand, leave a comment! I'm going to throw a tarp down and ground poles and just give his brain something to do because he be BORED AF.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Living at the New Place

So we moved the horses here right before Easter and moved the rest of our house crap as well, moving some of it the day before Easter. The horses were so boring getting off the trailer. They didn't even put on a show. Everyone loaded and trailered awesome and no one has been on a trailer in at least 2 years. Very proud of those kiddos.

This weather has been complete and utter bullshit. Like only a week ago they had blankets on and it was snowing. Then 2 days ago it was 80 and today it's barely 60 and raining.....again........ We were trying to get water and electric in my barn before the rain but it didn't get finished. So I'll be hauling it by hand from the house the next couple nights.

I've ridden Twister twice here and Rascal once and let me tell you, that sassy little appy was so much better than my 14 year old "seasoned" horse who walked past back yards he's been turned out behind for weeks and spooked at everything and refused to go in the pond even though we've jumped in ponds and splashed through creeks a million times. He's an ass. Rascal was great. SJ and my person went for a ride around the property and he never took a bad step.

don't let their faces fool ya, they were having fun!

Curtis needs an ultrasound to see how his leg is. He's so bored and needs a job. So either he needs to go back into training or I need to start turning him into my next show pony. He's been keeping himself fit galloping in circles and jumping around. He's super athletic. He'd be a total package event horse.

Speaking of eventing, I'd like to get at least one horse to at least ONE show this fall. That's my goal. Probably a CT. Though if it's Rascal or Curtis it will be just a dressage test. Now that we're settled I can get back to a normal riding routine. I need it for sanity anyways....

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Oh for the love of God, QUIT RAINING!!!!

It has rained on and off for weeks. More rainy days than dry. And nothing has dried out and we have yet to be able to move because we can't finish all our work on the property because it's so freaking wet. Like a damn swamp.

It's too wet for horses at either place. So we're at the old place where luckily I still have a eurosizer. They might be practically swimming in it, but at least it's not sticky mud that will suck shoes off and they're not ruining their grass.

My poor horses have only been turned out 1 day in 14. Legit. And the weather is so back and forth. The kind of weather we all call "colic weather". I've made sure to stay on top of their walking and diet to minimize the risk of it. 2 hours a day in the eurosizer. In the morning and before bed. Hay 3 or 4 times a day and less grain than they would get if they were getting turn out. They're extremely freaking bored, and Rascal is getting a bit rank but it is what it is.

My person has started building stalls in the new barn today. So maybe soon we'll be keeping them stall bound there instead of here which of course means handwalking or building a roundpen for limited, one at a time turn out. We were going to build run in sheds and leave them out but the paddocks are so wet there will be no driving anything with supplies across them.

My horses have shoes finally and are all sound (Curtis and Rascal blew abscesses and Twister was his typical tenderfooted self) but I can't even ride. Rain is one thing. 2 or 3 weeks of it is redic.

How is every one else dealing with this very wet February??

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Farm, Sweet Farm

It's been official since 2 days before Thanksgiving but not social media official. But it is now! We bought a new farm! We are moving closer to my person's business because this driving back and forth a million times a week is just not working anymore. It's 1 more acre than we are currently on and has a little pond (can't wait to swim with ponies in it!!!!) barn and house (not connected! whatever will I do!?). We had to completely put up fences and the barn is still a work in progress. It needs a new roof (doing that now) and we're adding a run in on to it.  Hopefully only another week or 2 and we will be able to move over there permanently.... that is if our gates come in....kinda need gates.... We can't sleep there until the horses can come too.

The tiny paddock around the barn will be perfect for all the
riding and schooling

future tree house tree?

basically fenced right up to the back door lol

and up to the front door....less mowing!

Any my daughter will be able to see horsies outside her bedroom window. How freaking awesome is that???!!!

We used guardrail fencing because all of our horses are assholes. Curtis is a damn beaver. Twister will crib boards right off the posts even with a cribbing collar on. Rascal is learning beaverism from Curtis....... Plus we will now be on a busy road so no one will be driving through these fences and no horses will be getting loose. Plus they look pretty cool. I can't wait to get the horses out there!