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Week 5

PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:21 am
by myhorsefaith
OK I've been really bad about updating Class's thread! Sorry!! I've been sick with a flu bug and barely keeping up with the 3 horses.

The past few days I've been doing the same old same old with the missy- w/t/c basics. To be honest, I think we're getting bored with it so I'm going to start riding her out in the pastures and such.

I am off alllll this week on vacation- so if anyone wants to pick us up and go on a trail ride.... LOL :lol:

Yesterday, for the first time, I asked Class to begin giving bending along the rail. I've mostly been asking for flexion while on a circle- since its easy and natural to follow. And then she graduated to asking for flexion in the corners of the arena. So yesterday, she had to figure out how to keep moving forward, but flex. Obviously this was very confusing for her- but she did get it eventually.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:45 am
by Altanera
awesome! She sounds like a dream to work with! I think Agave will be the same! I can not wait till he can go into regular work. I am hoping to show him in w/t at a show on October 20th!

PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:02 am
by myhorsefaith
she is very easy to work with- though can be a testy little pony here and there. She does nothing bad- no biting no kicking no crow hopping- none of the major bad vices. However, she does test leadership every few days- especially when the work gets harder. If you want to ride her in a halter bareback and dink around the pastures- she's totally game LOL. However, something that takes a bit more effort she'll usually ask "do i have to?" and the answer...YES! LOL

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:36 pm
by myhorsefaith
Holy smokes what a few days! I've been pretty nauseous and still gross feeling.

Monday, I did walk-only work with Class as I was afraid I'd get sick all over her, LOL. We worked on suppling exercises at the walk and halt, and I was pretty pleased, but it was nothing to write home about.

Then today, WOW- what a change! Class can accept the bit and is SOFT SOFT SOFT to it at the walk/halt. I LOVE it!

I'm feeling better, so I thought I'd try a bit of a trot, LOL, hoping it wouldn't make me all dizzy and sick feeling. Class had her body underneath her, her sitting trot was GREAT and I was able to start helping her learn the same activities we did at the walk but at the trot!
She didn't totally get "it" at the trot, but I'm thinking she will tomorrow or thursday like she did at the walk the other day.

And oh my gosh, I actually felt like I had a horse under me, and that I could have elastic contact with her mouth, and boy, it was nice! She's definitely hit another level of her training. And I do believe she's pretty darn proud of herself!!

The arena and the fields were sopping wet messes today- hopefully it'll dry out by tomorrow. I want to put some ground poles down for Class and change it up a bit- but i want the arena to be stable footing before i do that.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:55 pm
by myhorsefaith
Wednesday: Class had 2 rides today, am/pm. I got so excited because as expected, Class offered a nice soft feel at the trot! she's really getting it! at this point she needs a whole lot of outside rein support, but she's doing excellent. So the morning was so great I had to show my friend in the evening. She was quite impressed, too! We tried taking pictures but it was pretty dark out and they are all blurred and awful.

Thursday: Class is even BETTER! today she offers to be soft and stay that way for a few steps at a time. I gently ask her for it again, and she offers!

Going so well we had a Class-as-riding-horse feasibility study today at the barn. :lol: I had 2 boarders hop on her- Class did great! It was really good to see others ride her. I'm going to try to get others to ride her more often. She was definitely seeking me out waiting for my cue and the second i walked away, she decided to pay attention to her rider, hehehe

She was a little pokey-not wanting to move out. Both boarders were timid with her, and both ride very light "go go go" type horses- But once they sorted themselves out and realized what they needed to do, Class was fine! She's definitely a horse who will ask "do you mean it?" but doesnt do anything bad- she just stands there waiting for you to sort it out.

The first rider was amazed at how incredibly soft she was, Class will bend and flex herself into a pretzel if you ask her, LOL.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:01 pm
by myhorsefaith
Friday: Class-the-lesson-horse :shock: No kidding, folks!

Class gave her very first lesson to a re-rider beginner this afternoon. 15 year old Sequoia, the BO's daughter, has grown quite fond of Class and for the past year has been bugging her mom to ride again (can you imagine living on a horse farm and NOT riding?! hehehe). So the BO asked if I'd give her daughter lessons to see if she's really into it, and perhaps, if all pans out, they would be interested in adopting Class.

Well, we tacked up in my heather moffett and the rope halter- Class's mouth is really young and VERY sensitive right now, so I dont want anyone messing in there at the moment. I tied up the leadrope for reins and snapped on my longe line. Class was quite the rock star! We rode in the round pen as the arena was being used. I had Class on the longe line while teaching Sequoia all the basics one can possibly teach in a first lesson without system-overload. Class plodded along, quietly listening to Sequoia's requests to steer, stop, and go. We did some basic vaulting exercises I learned when I was younger, mixed in with some stretches and things I've learned. At one point Sequoia was laying back so as to rest her head on Class's rump. It was great!

About 20 minutes in, a fellow boarder decided it was a GREAT time to separate 2 horses that have been best buddies for over 7 years. She's planning on moving one of them, and so, began their separation today. The result was total mayhem. Geldings bucking, snorting, crying, kicking- all the horses kicked up a storm. And there we were, in the round pen, next to it all :shock: A beginner rider on Class, the 5 week trained horse. yee-gads.

Nothing to worry about!! Class took a couple of looks outside the pen and that was it. I was so relieved and SO grateful and SO SO proud of her!! The lesson continued without a hitch. Even the BO was mightily impressed by wee Class's focus and even keel through all of that comotion.

So there you have it- Class was an awesome mount. Sequoia of course loves her even more :)

Stay tuned for tomorrow's adventures!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:58 pm
by tmoore
Wow Ally - you have made such great progress with Class! I am so happy that she is turning into such wonderful riding horse with a level head!!! Crossing my fingers that Sequoia and Class continue to hit it off together:)

PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:15 pm
by myhorsefaith
Same here!

I was just fiddling around with the photos my friend took the other night (wednesday), 43 photos of mostly chesnut blur in the dark. I was able to salvage these:

Checking my stirrups

Warm up walk


PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 7:50 pm
by myhorsefaith
Saturday: Class-as-trail-horse

Today Class went on a trail ride on Tiger Mountain. We went with 2 new boarders and their horses, 3 in total.

Class was a rock star! She loaded like a pro- it was a 4 horse trailer, with the 2 spots up front being straight she hopped on and went right in her spot!

She was awesome on the trail as well- we encountered dogs, bikes, hikers, and she just looked at them, I never even felt her body brace up. I rode her on the buckle the entire way! :D

The road was rockier than expected, though. The beginning was deep gravel, so it was no problem. But the higher we climbed, the road became solid dirt/with rocks sticking out all over the place. She did OK but I could tell it was making her sore. Class is NOT used to this! So I did walk a lot of the trail, probably 40% or so. I wanted the outing to be positive for her- so if her hooves hurt I wasn't going to make her carry my butt around. So I got quite the workout myself, but it was worth it!

Getting her attention at the trailer

Off we go!


On the trail

Ok, I am the biggest dork in the world... on the trail I thought I'd be hot stuff with my camera and take some video for all to see. I held the camera upright in an attempt to get a good picture and snag the lens cap that was out of control. LOL only to realize about 10 minutes ago that if you video something get it sideways... LOL :oops: :oops: :oops:

So if you don't get dizzy and can tilt your monitor 90%'s the link. The beginning is a bit rough, I was trying to get the stupid lens cap in my hand :lol: :oops:

Heheh, sorry. I'm technologically challenged...

PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 9:40 pm
by shellyr
That's ok Ally. That pretty little red head looks nice bobbin' along out in front of the camera. :D