Tuesday, June 13, 2017

We Need Lessons

I've been making Twister work when I ride him. Making us both work. And dropping my irons once a ride for as long as I can, which isn't very long before I feel like I'm falling off and dying. He spends half the ride leaning on my leg, avoiding my hands, dragging me on the forehand very fast. I get some good movements. Moments where he's round and in front of my leg. But we are both out of shape so it takes a whole ride before we get anywhere.

I know I need to not be so hard on either of us. We've basically done nothing for nearly 2 years. I can't expect us to pull out 30 minutes of decent work. I need to just be thrilled with my moments and build on them. And get my damn legs back. And believe me, I'm working on it. I hate the damn floating legs. My left leg is really bad. It has been for a long time. I will think I have my legs solid on Twister's side and next thing I know my left leg will be up on his shoulder. My chiropractor said this has something to do in part with my back problems and extra weakness on that side. That's why that leg floats so bad.

I've been working on transitions. Walk to trot, trot to walk, in a circle. He just gets so hardheaded sometimes. Just whoa already! And cantering is basically just a way to let him blow off steam. He thinks he's a racehorse. How is it my 4 year old WTC with better transitions than my 13 year old who has been ridden 9345093809 times?! Twister and I need a lesson with Silke big time. It might kill us.... we're so out of shape! Next time mom comes to visit so someone can wrangler the child while I ride.

E and I went out Sunday morning with Rascal and a 3 year old pony. Rascal was super awesome. He stop drop and rolled on me because the flies were eating him up and he was a bit of a stubborn ass about going in the pond. But once he was in he was fine and we walked through the pond over and over. He went through the ditches and the creek. We even had a full grown deer jump up out of the grass and both horses jumped but by the time I realized what was happening Rascal was already over it.

I've literally been riding my ass off. I've lost 6 lbs in the last few weeks. I'm 4 lbs away from pre pregnancy weight. And my favorite green breeches fit! I never thought I'd wear them again!

LOVE these breeches!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Do You Even Realize I'm Up Here???

Yesterday morning I rode Twister while SJ and my person rode Rascal. But last night I decided to ride Twister again. He was in total racehorse mode.

about the only nice moment we had

I forgot to put spurs on and he was leaning on my leg/completely ignoring my leg. I didn't have my dressage whip just a jump bat which I kept smacking him behind my leg with. That made him even more beastly. I don't even know if I can all it 'forward' because while he was speeding right along, he was anything but round for most of the time and dragging me around and forgetting he had any breaks whatsoever.

I kept trying to spiral him in each direction but he was completely oblivious. Usually that helps control his speed, get him in front of my leg and being round and stop dragging me off. But not this time. We popped over a x-rail twice and after he landed he'd canter and I couldn't bring him back to a trot. Just a total nutjob thinking he was a racehorse thanks to the cooler day and low humidity.

So today I put the bevel back on the Micklem. And if tonight, that doesn't help me out any I'll put the 3-ring on. I hate having to bit up. But sometimes my middle- aged horse needs a reminder of how to respect the rider on his back. And sometimes a ride or 2 in a stronger bit does just that.

E did his feet for me Monday night. And I'm so happy to say that the White Lightning Gel is really making a difference on his cracks and white line disease. Everything is growing out nicely. He's been back on his Essential K supplement for a month now. Yesterday I couldn't find my bottle of Farrier Barrier so I started using Karatex Hoof Hardener. I did find the Farrier Barrier this morning. But maybe it's time to use something else. I'll use it daily for a couple weeks then 2-3x a week after that and hope it toughens up his feet. Unfortunately summer grass has made both his feet and Rascal's usually tough feet pretty soft.

at least this saddle puts me in a good position to hang the frig on!

Cowboy Up and Ride

Being a stay at home mom can make me go a little crazy. I like working. I like having a job. And just like any human ever, I like having some time to myself. Saturday I had to turn down a chance to ride. But Sunday when I was invited again I was all over that. I needed some adult interactions and baby free time.

Twister's feet were a total mess. And I wanted to take Rascal off the farm.

Well I almost came off in the front yard. 4 horses joined Rascal and I at the farm. They splashed through the ditch. I was too relaxed on little baby horse and he spooked and I nearly came off. After I got him standing still, I got off shaking. I wanted to thrown the towel in right then and there. But it was ride Rascal or don't ride at all.

I dusted off my XC vest, put it on and got back on the horse. After that he was pretty good for a 4 year old that hasn't been off the farm since September 2015. We had one more big spook. And because I'm still lacking in leg strength, I got off at a couple of bigger ditches and one steep bank. And I'm glad I did. The bank he wasn't doo bad at. Took a few minutes for him to be led down it but he didn't leap. The one big bank he jumped like he was in a 4 star event. So the next time through I led him again but this time he slid down in and lept up it. Next time I'll ride through it. And with a little encouragement he walked through the creek too.

He's so good. He wants to please. But he does wear me out. He has to be ridden every step of the way. Not like Twister is nicely clears trees instead of rubbing so close to them that I could break my leg. Leg and 2 reins constantly all the time. After 2 hours I was exhausted. But so proud of how I, a known chicken shit, cowboyed up and rode the damn horse. And I can't wait for the next time we go out.

As much as I love riding Twister, I need to ride Rascal as much as possible when we go off the farm. SJ will be riding solo before I know it (2 years probably) so I want him unflappable.

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!


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.