Things never go to plan

It’s been a while….again. Life, it’s busy. We went on holidays, work is busy, beagle is busy. Horse is still hurting herself.

Yup, she has done it again. For the third time in less then a year.

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look at those antennas

It isn’t as major as the previous two times which is a nice change though. But it is still a bummer.

I think it has been a month since she cut herself. Maybe 3 weeks? She has had most of that time off since she did it the same day the farrier was out and her toes were a little tender after that and all of this wet weather.  See below on “wet”.

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wtf mother nature you can stop raining for a bit now

Pretty sure that I might get swallowed by the mud monster sooner then later. The horses are over this. The only dry anywhere is on the path to the barn, and the barn itself. We needed the rain, but not this much rain, for this long. All that in the forecast for next week is RAINRAINRAIN.

At least she’s pretty.

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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!

 

 

 

Home.

If you don’t follow me on any social media, and couldn’t tell from my Wordless Wednesday post – Luna came home on the weekend.

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here it is again

Of course it didn’t go smoothly. That just would not be in the typical Luna fashion! First off, I couldn’t even find my horse LOL. I hadn’t been at the rehab barn during the day when she was being turned out and the directions were vague since they were watching the races when I asked and I didn’t want to interrupt. Luna was just standing there staring at me like “MOM, I am over here, how dare you miss me!”. And then we attempted to put her in the trailer.

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her brain + trailer loading

No clue as to why she just can’t with trailer loading anymore. Since this ordeal started she is just giving everyone the big FFFFFF you when it comes to getting on the trailer. Drugs help, but that’s not a long-term solution at all.

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we made it though

We did eventually get home, and then had to wait around before the sleepy drugs wore off. Considering that she has been off for almost 5 weeks now, she is looking pretty darn good. We’ve also been given the clear to start riding again – as long as the granulation doesn’t crack, we can start getting back at it!

And some gross pictures just to end off this post…#sorrynotsorry

I am so excited that we can get back to our normal!

Finally went on an adventure…

A couple of weeks ago !

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where I belong

My adventure buddy picked us up for a planned trip out to Blackfoot, which is only a few minutes away from the barn for a day of trail rides and pony time. There was supposed to be 3 of us…but someone just HAD to cancel.

We haven’t been out since this time last year. I am pretty sure my horse is as bored as I am and misses going out and doing fun things, instead of being bored and stuck at the barn – reason #1 why I need my own horse trailer.

Onto the fun stuff now – PICTURES !

I am seriously just so proud of this horse and how far she has come with loading/being on the trailer. She hasn’t been anywhere in a year or so and she hopped right on by herself, stood nicely while I loaded up and once we got there too. She was a little pushy when we got back to the barn after but a little reminder from her auntie and she remembered how to be good !

The trails were dry and a bit hard, but otherwise pretty decent. Luna had not had her shoes put on yet at this point but nothing phased her and she trucked along w/t/c without any complaint.

3 hours and over 17km traveled and we were all pretty pooped. But we can’t wait to get out there again!

I am going to leave you guys with this gem of a video that Renate grabbed at the end of our ride…

Hope you all get to go on some adventures with great friends this summer !

Life gets in the way…

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Of a lot of things.

Biggest thing of all is this whole blogging thing.

I have all of these things that I want to write about, and no time to write anything. Being on the road for anywhere from 80-110 minutes a day, just to get to and from work, and then added time for the barn, there just isn’t much time!

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I lessoned on Friday and of course Luna was fantastic. She is never “bad”, we may have some not as good rides, but its never “bad”.

So for now, here are some furry kid pictures.

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wtf am i looking at?

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she had cold toes

2017 Goals : Recap

Back at the end of 2016, I wrote about all of the things I wanted to get done this year. I had high hopes for this year. I wanted to do all the things and go do all the shows. Well…..let’s just say….we did none of the things and went to none of the shows.

The only time went out this year

Pony Goals

  • Go to an event : Did not happen.
  • Go to an A level jumper show : Did not happen.
  • Have a show season : Definietely did not happen.
  • Get more comfortable with height and oxers : Almost sort of happened?

My goals

  • Get healthy: HA.
  • Budget better : Meh. Kinda not really.
  • Buy a horse trailer : Did not happen. At all.

Some of my goals may have been a bit extravagant, I do admit that. Try and go big or go home, right ?

The last third of my year had been a write off for getting anything done. Since my car accident in August I’ve been to more appointments then the rest of my 27 Years ! Physio twice a week, dentist, doctor, you name it and I’ve probably been there. Which means little riding time.

Our jump coach “broke up” with us to take on a much better opportunity this fall. At almost the perfect time for us too. Luna had been telling me for a while things needed to change. And we are finally making that change.

My goals for 2018 are definitely going to be a bit more attainable and affordable. But thats for an other post !

Lesson recap : starting point.

In my last post, I talked about our switch from jumping to dressage, so I figured that I should post our “starting point” in that journey.

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I grew up jumping one week, dressaging the next, but on Luna, lessons have always been kind of inconsistent. Specially during the summer. The last few years we’ve jumped all winter, with occasional dressage lessons thrown in, and then pretty much nothing all summer. This last summer was the only summer we lessoned every week.

Our dressage lessons continue to be fairly scarce, at only one every other week, but I am learning so much from our coach ! She makes little tweaks and I can feel the change instantly. Plus this horse is a bit ridiculous with how fast she catches on…..even when she likes to fight things. And sometimes she reallllly likes to make things difficult.

Lots of boring stuff was worked on.  Canter to the right is not a great thing right now. And I think we got it pinned down to my shoulders. As soon as we fixed my shoulders, everything got easier. I pulled less, she resisted less, there was less up and down and more forward. The light bulb definitely went off last night!

 

Things to work on :

  • More forward in the canter, less up and down.
  • Let me biceps relax and half halt with my shoulders/back
  • Less bend in the neck in shoulder in.

Have I mentioned how hard dressaging is in a jump saddle? Sitting back and deep is hard when the saddle wants you forward! Although I think I almost have it mastered….just in time for my dressage saddle to come in!