Mushrooms

Yeah, I’m gonna talk about mushrooms. Because my coach brought up mushrooms in my lesson last Friday a couple of weeks ago  But really it won’t last for long.

I made a correction, albeit a few seconds late, to a fairly small evasion beginning the talk about evasions and how if you let them keep happening, they just keep getting bigger and bigger. “You need to shut it down before it takes off like … a wild ring of mushrooms”. Insert giggles because it was funny.  BUT she does have a point, and it is true.

Luna is the Queen of subtility. She can just pop her ribcage a little to the left, just slight enough that sometimes I don’t know, or question whether or not she is doing it, and then the thought goes through her mind – Well I got away with that, let me try something a bit bigger. Which if left unchecked, turns into bigger and bigger evasions, making for a harder ride and an incorrect way of going. We don’t want that.

my horses reaction to all the things

Much like what mushrooms do when they are left unchecked. They just grow, and grow…..and grow.

Each ride since, I have worked on feeling the evasions that are oh so easy for her and trying to correct them a bit quicker. It’s been hard. Her fitness level is coming back much quicker than mine is so she can push me around so easily. It’s not fun. I feel like I don’t know how to ride anymore.

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featuring the random face on my horses neck

So don’t let those mushrooms grow ! LOL.

 

The lines, they are long.

With all of the time off that Luna had, which really wasn’t that long at all, she ended up losing ALL of her topline and muscle that we had worked so hard to develop. It was to be expected, just maybe not to this level.

Most horses would be fine going back to work. Put a half pad on if they need it for a bit and off you go. But things are never really that easy with Luna. #baymareproblems I swear. The red-head never caused me so much grief LOL.

So I needed to come up with a different plan once she decided things were not up to her high standards. Because when you give your horse the best, they expect nothing less!

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ms. high standards

I’ve always wanted learn how to long-line/ground drive/whatever you would like to call it, but at home, no one ever did it much and I haven’t really “had the need” really to learn how. Even though it really is something that everyone should learn at some point. Although lots of people don’t really know how to lunge either so we all have to start somewhere.

Long lining is not just for training big horses -- it's how Lancelot, the mini appaloosa struts his stuff (photo by Christiane Slawick).
can I have?

The article that belongs with that picture – which you can find here – was probably the first, and one of the only ones that I read. I mostly got stuck at how cute that mini is because how could you not. It (and the videos attached) gave me enough of a basis on where to start with Luna before I had a proper lesson with my trainer.

The first day I did it, I realized quite quickly I had no idea what I was doing. Of course Luna was amazing, because when is she not, but my god handling two lines while trying to keep up with her and not confuse her or fall on my face was really hard.

I often trip on my own feet

 

When I met up with my trainer, she made a few changes that made both of our lives quite a bit easier. Moving the lines from being on the high side, to being on the bottom rings made it much easier to control her for one. And being closer to her made corrections so much easier.

Learning the feel was a bit difficult. But I have the same problems while I am riding her too, which was super interesting to see how it affected her in real life vs on a video and being able to correct it at that time vs during an other ride.

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work in progress with my trainer

I can foresee training the lateral work being a bit of an issue in the future. We practiced a bit leg yielding. It hurt both of our brains, no doubt about that. But the feeling that I got in the lines is something that I need to work on getting while I am on her back. And seeing how she reacted to different things while I was doing this was a bit of an eye opener that I need to take over to my under-saddle work !

One of the aspirations I wrote about for 2019 was to continue learning whatever I could – I’d say I am off to a good start and we are only a couple of weeks into the new year!

 

 

 

2019 Things

Y’all have read, more then once probably, about why I don’t do goal setting. It just isn’t my thing. Aspirations are more my thing. They seem more open to change and modifications.


Horse Related

Get over the trailer issues – These cropped up again recently (as in at the flipping vet clinic) and were something that I really thought we had gotten over. Guess not. We need to address what is quite clearly making her not want to get in and fix it. Maybe we can get our own trailer this year?

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proof that we load

Go to a show – I really want to do this this year. I want to show off all of the hard work that we have done. Being realistic though, it may or may not be in the budget. Plus we need to get through the trailer issues first. But it is a goal. Whether its one show, or ten shows, a dressage show or something else, as long as we get out and do something I do not care!

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last time we were at a show…which was probably 2016

Continuing Education – One is never done learning when it comes to horses. In any way really. You think you understand something and then there is something new to learn ! I’ve already been working on that, and added an other tool to the box this past week that I will write about soon! Whatever way these things decide to come into my life, I will greet them with open arms!

Personal

Take care of my body – This is something I really do need to work on. My body isn’t happy with me. Since my car accident there have been a few different things that make me ache. Sometimes I ignore them though…which isn’t good for me in the long run. I want to be able to move when I am 75 and that means working on me in the NOW, not when it really is too late.

Figure out my shit – This means a lot of things, some of which I don’t want to get into on the interwebz, but I need to write this down and hold myself accountable and stop having such a “yeah, yeah” attitude about it. That means learning a few things, and maybe leaving some things behind.

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beagle stalking level 100

Do all the things – This falls into the horse side of things too. I want to do the things. I don’t want to let fears of anxiety hold me back. I am really good at that. I need to break that cycle, badly.


 

There aren’t many things. But all of them have so many different aspirations behind them. I really just want to thoroughly enjoy anything and everything I can this year. And be happy while doing it. Which will mean spending time with my creatures, my husband, and whoever else comes along for the ride!

 

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gotta love life like this beagle loves everything

Why I don’t “do” goals.

So goals really are not my thing. For several reasons. Matt Brown did an interesting series on “Not focusing on your goals” that spoke to me. Granted I didn’t read every single word here because…well you guys know I don’t really read a ton of articles online. While I do intend to fully read the entire series, right now I am going to do some typing.


They do not always work out.

This is a big reason why I don’t do goals. I am fairly competitive. And not winning, or not getting everything done that I want to do really weighs on me. I am also fairly anxious and get stressed easily. So yeah writing down “goals” is a great idea…they just stress me out and then make me sad when I don’t accomplish them.

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Not a trailer, but still a big purchase

Grandiose.

I like to be “go big, or go home” when I have written goals out. Like back in 2017 when I wrote about doing an ‘A’ jumper show, or buying a horse trailer. While yeah, those are things that I did WANT to do, they weren’t really something that was ever in my budget. Or things I was ready to get done. While they may not seem unrealistic to some people, they kind of were, and still are, to me.

Fixed, not growth.

In the first part of the series that Matt Brown did, he wrote a lot about fixed goals and growth goals. In the past I have almost strictly written fixed goals. I want to do do THIS which leads to disappointment when you don’t get THAT done. Yes, you may be closer to getting THAT done, but when you do not get IT done, and That was your goal, you tend to forget about what I did to get there.


I have learned, that for me personally, writing out these “definitive” or fixed goals just does not work. I need to focus more on the “How did I get to there” vs. the “I need to get to there” ideology. It works better for my brain.

I also need to not stress about what other people’s goals are compared to mine. Which I do a lot. Everyone’s journey is different. Everyone’s budget for things is different. I need to focus more on what I can do for Luna and I and not think about what other people are doing and comparing us to that.

always on a journey

So this year, I will be doing something a little “different” then what other bloggers do when it comes to “goals”.

Do you like to write out goals? Or do you like to do something different?

Merry Christmas!

Well it’s officially Christmas time! We’ve made the voyage up to my parents for the week and are really enjoying the peace and quiet. I am missing my pony but she’s got “her kid” – who is not a kid at all – riding her and keeping her happy.

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So from my family to yours – Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Am I the only one…

That doesn’t like reading online horse-related articles? I just cannot sit there, and read them !

me trying to read articles

Lots of them are in tiny little writing, with too many ads or other gobbly-gook on the sides that it is just so distracting trying to read them. There are rarely enough pictures pertaining to the actual topic that I am reading about. It is either more ad’s or something un-interesting.

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boop

I am also more of a “do-er” then a “reader”. The only article I have read (that I can remember) that I have learned something from, and has been useful to me was the article on Practical Horseman by Laura Graves on creating a self going horse.

Did it take me all day at work to read it? Yes.

Did I enjoy reading it?  Yes.

Why? Because it was interesting. It was written in the way I learn AND there were lots of pictures! Plus I quite like Laura Graves’ way of doing things. It wasn’t overly complicated talking about having the “feeling” that so many articles talk about – but how do you understand that when you aren’t on the horse?

how i prefer to read

Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy reading. But the format I see on a lot of websites makes it hard for me to read. I would much rather have a book/magzine in front of me.

So please tell me that I am not actually the only person that is like this….please?

 

Bloghop : Favorites of 2018

I first saw this over on Amanda’s Blog yesterday and I just could not, not join in on this. Because blog posts with pictures are so much more “my thing” then actually typing out a bunch of words. Don’t get me wrong, I will probably do a full recap, but this is too fun!


Favorite show picture

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Well I haven’t shown at all in probably two years. But this is one when we were at least away from home! When we actually remembered how to load…

Favorite non-show picture

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Favorite thing you bought 

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Obviously my saddle!

Favorite moment on horseback

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This was from (I think) our first ride out at Blackfoot this year. She was stellar. I don’t think I’ve ever fast cantered – because we don’t have much of a gallop lol – for so long. Good company and ponies keeps my happy

Favorite moment out of the saddle

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Not horse related at all. Best week, with the best husband.

Favorite “between the ears” picture

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From one of our many trail rides out at Blackfoot this summer. Wish we had been able to get out more!

Favorite horse book or article

Laura Graves: How to Create a Self-Going Horse

I actually just read this this week, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. No forward but all the crazy has been Luna’s thing the last week and the day I read this article I had the BEST ride.

Favorite horse ridden (or groomed/cared for) aside from your own

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Quinn ! She may have been the only other horse I think I’ve been on but she was SO MUCH FUN!

Favorite funny picture of your horse

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This was from the same lesson as the gif from below….mare’s, they are opinionated !

Favorite fence that you successfully jumped or movement that you conquered

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By far it was finally getting some clean changes. I suppose we at least ended on a good note before she was off for 5 weeks for finally accomplishing this?

Favorite horse meme or funny picture

 

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I hope you have enjoyed the picture recap and do this yourselves! And no skipping !