Sunday, February 28, 2010
I did run out to the barn for an hour or so this morning. I got a text the other day that he'd broken a bucket strap. I think he may have gotten himself caught on the bucket. I can't say for sure because he's also been known to chew on the straps which weakens them, but it looks like one of the handle loops (where it attaches to the top edge of the bucket) is bent and he has a new-ish owie on his nostril. Not anything major but it's possible that those three things (nostril, bent metal, broken strap) fit together. I'm going to spray them with McNasty once they're fixed.
We practiced showmanship for a bit. We seem to go back and forth with the pivoting. What I tried to work on today was keeping him standing still until I give an actual signal to do something. Because of his tendency to try too hard he will move if I turn towards him and start to back before I give him the signal, or pivot before I give him the signal. Though that would be a good thing, he doesn't wait to find out what I want him to do so I sort of walked around him a bunch today turning towards him and away from him and then giving clear signals for "back" and "pivot" and "jog off", etc. It worked okay. He got annoyed after a while and started waving a foot around but I think he started to figure me out.
I am sore from riding bareback on Wednesday. Last time I rode bareback I was sore for a few days, too. Not sure if it's something I'm doing wrong, or if my back just can't take it. The thought of that makes me feel old. I have never been "athletic" or anything, but the idea that by body has hit an age where some things just aren't possible is quite depressing! I have been dealing with lower back problems for years but when I'm riding consistently I don't have nearly as many painful days as I had while I wasn't riding so I'm a bit confused. I've spent the whole month (yes it was a short month) riding without stirrups and I haven't had any pain so I didn't expect it to be so different without a saddle. I did notice I felt more comfortable this ride than I did the last time I did bareback, so that was good, but four days later I'm still not 100%. I spent Thursday-Saturday with therma-care wraps on and lots of ibuprofen. Chiropractor tomorrow, then work work work until Wednesday.
On a much more exciting note, I got an email that my show halter is on it's way! Thank goodness! Now I can stop hunting for that and move on to a new pad and getting started on the jacket pattern when it comes.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
A friend's mom runs an embroidery business and I just got my first order! She and I designed a monogram for all my tack bags. She prefers not to embroider directly on items that aren't easily replaced, just in case something goes wrong, and I didn't feel like shipping ALL my stuff back to MN, so we decided to to patches instead. Plus, if I ever want to change the monogram or sell the bags, I can remove the patches. Having matching monogrammed tack bags is one of those "things" I wanted so badly as a kid that it makes me giddy to finally have them! Of course, when I was a kid all my stuff was going to be hunter green and purple.... but I'm very happy with my basic black! I got enough to do all of my bags, and a few extra for bags yet-to-be. I might even put one on his blanket, but we'll see. I'll get them all on before we go to our first show, but I couldn't help but put one on the halter bag right away so I could show it off.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Somehow in '96 I convinced my mom to make me a vest. We bought a pattern from Suitability and some sparkly purple plaid fabric. Gold lamé piping was all over the catalogs so we did that, and gold buttons. I got a new purple/black blanket that year and a new hat for $25 that I'm STILL using. I got Ariat boots that year too that I'm STILL using. Lark looks just as thrilled with my choice as Banee always had.
The next year there was some BS about not allowing 4-Hers to wear anything but a white shirt so I went for simplicity in '97, my last year in 4-H. Oh the wonderful figure swallowing blousiness of the 90's.
In '98 I got my hat shaped and since I had an Arab thought the taco look was the way to go. I had a year of college under my belt and knew a little about sewing so I ripped the gold piping off and made self-covered buttons and a new tie...and matching showbow/hairnet. HOT.
I didn't show again until 2001 and by then I could sew fine on my own. The style had moved away from vests (we realized how much we looked like waiters?) and blouses were the way to go. I also discovered Show Clean shampoo that year. Look how Banee glows! I bought some chaps off ebay but they did NOT fit well. They were made for a fat kid, so though they fit in the thigh and waist, the rise on them was LOOOOOW, which is not a good look for chaps! I sold them right after that show for the same price I bought them for.
And of course you've seen the 2009 Purple sparkly number which will be sold this year as I move back to a totally neutral color pallette. Here's the design so far: I'm thinking about pairing it with a buckskin/tan hat, but I'm not sure how that's going to look.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
This is the most snow I've seen since I moved to Ohio and we're not supposed to get a day over freezing for another 10 days or more. Yuck. I had to shovel out the barn door so we could dump manure outside into the honey wagon. (You know, I have no idea why it's called that...) So I will most likely be a hurting unit tomorrow. THOSE muscles are not in shape and I had a short shovel, but it had to be done and I AM the girl from Minnesota after all!
Here are some photos taken by Max's girl from yesterday. I still haven't been able to witness them playing together, but during spring break I'll have days off and will hopefully catch this myself. They sure enjoy their little four-some. Max is back in turnout now and the group dynamic seems to be just fine. Cuteness. Zippy (mare who used to HATE Junior) is the redhead in the blue. Charlie the Welsh is the grey pony, and of course, June-Bug still in his miss-matched attire, but I haven't found any new neck wounds so it's worth it!
Friday, February 12, 2010
For a very uncoordinated eight-legged moose, my horse just would NOT stay on a counter canter! He kept swapping to the correct lead about three strides before we'd get to a corner. I had to laugh at him.
Sometimes when I ask for the right lead he'll want to turn immediately off of the wall, so today I tried to ask him for the right lead when we were tracking left and then keep him on that lead all the way, doing more of the counter canter from Monday. He was NOT having it. Again, about three strides BEFORE a corner he would swap. I'd swap him back. About three strides to the next corner he'd swap again, even though I was careful to keep the same leg on him and stay quiet in the saddle. I did find that if I collected him a lot more he would stay for a corner, but never two in a row. It was exhausting, probably for both of us.
I know it's possible to over-use a counter canter so I didn't do much of it, but I found it interesting that he really KNOWS his leads and was clearly annoyed that I had forgotten.
Right Discipline for your horse?
I honestly wrote this post last night BEFORE I caught up with the Fugly Blog this morning (link above)....
Here's a question for you: Have you ever had a horse that you needed to change disciplines with? Specifically one that you purchased to use for one discipline, then after some time/training/etc. determine the horse was better suited to something else? OR did you stay with the discipline and change the horse?
I'm not in that place right now, but I'm not yet convinced Junior will excel in Western Pleasure, and there was a point in my life I considered doing dressage...
Thursday, February 11, 2010
About 17 months ago I bought a horse.... and a whole bunch of stuff....and paid for 17 months of board, shoeing, vet care, training, lessons, showing fees.... more stuff.... and I did some quick math, which I shouldn't have done. Seriously, I should not have done this. If I had been putting all that money in the bank instead of into the (lifelong dream of having my very own) pony, I would have well over $15,000 in the bank, before interest. I threw up in my mouth a little when I realized that. And really, that calculation is only the horse, board, and a few pieces of equipment. I have all my receipts and could calculate it all, but I think my heart would stop.
I've been annoyed at myself for doing this and I'm a little sick about it.
But then I asked myself, all right then self, what would you (me) do with $15,000+? Honestly? After much though I came to the conclusion that I'd probably put it into my lifelong dream of having my very own pony.
So I guess all is well. :) All things considered, I need him in my world. I need the distraction from a job that isn't ideal, I need the exercise, I need the sanity booster. I know most of you understand that.
Do you watch Lost? I'm a bit of a geek about it. Right now on the show we are seeing what would happen to the main characters if one major event had not happened in their past. We're seeing it, but they are not. We only get one life. We only get to know what happens with the choices we make, not the ones we don't make.
Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you can only spend it once. - Charles Swindoll
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Fugly Horse of the Day had a post recently that I am going to borrow. I know most of you read Cathy's blog so this won't be new to you, but if not, you can view the blog entry HERE. Essentially there was a photo taken of this horse at a show who has enough APHA and PtHA points in halter classes (judging the conformation of the horse) to make anyone who knows anything about equine conformation to say "Um, wait, WTF?!?!" Some called it a "roach back" some just said hi had a "big hip" and a short back. Others said it was hunched up because he was about to move. Whatever the heck is going on, he looks like a deformed horse. But that's not the point of my blog...