Sunday, September 12, 2010

Short-n-Sweet

Had a great day today. When I pulled in the driveway at Iron Ridge, my 3 Boyz were in the outside stalls. I rolled down my window and sweet Jazu had a verbal greeting for me. Well, that clinched it. He got ridden first. Kris and Sarah couldn't make it today, so it was just Nita, Heather and me.

Both horses gave me good rides — lots of walk-trot and a few steps of canter on Poco. I'm finally comfortable at the trot because I now know how to ask them for the trot I want. For Jaz, that means collect and extend. For Poco, that means, collect and slow down. Heather and Sarah worked with me last week on the position of my hands, which has also helped tremendously.

My only issue with Poco today was that when everyone else left the arena, he thought he should, too. Every time we came past the gate, it was, "What about NOW?" I worked that fat boy hard. I have never seen him so dripping with sweat. He was more than happy to be hosed down.

We're working on getting Daltrey to stand tied (not really tied, we just loop the lead rope), but his attention span is all of about 5 minutes. He's shedding like crazy, so he got brushed and that's all. I lost his attention and was unable to pick up his feet. If we're able to schedule the vet, Daltrey will be gelded this week.

I hope you all had as great a time this weekend with your ponies. Cheers (lifts beer) and have a good week.

12 comments:

fernvalley01 said...

Sounds like a great day! Cheers right back at ya!

Breathe said...

Brain surgery already? Woo hoo!

Glad you had a great day out there today.

Sarah said...

I hated to miss this morning! :( But I was just in no shape to do anything but shoot Heather an email on my phone and stagger back to bed. I ended up sleeping until almost noon...

Paint Girl said...

Sounds like a fantastic day!! Wish I could have been out riding my horses too, but rained hard all day long.

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time!! It is SO great to hear how great you are doing with your boys!!!

Now pass that dang beer to KS cause I sure need it!

aurora said...

Great ride! Gotta love those babies. John Lyons has a book you might find interesting (if you don't already have/know about it) called "Bringing up Baby". It's a pretty good how-to reference to add to what one already practices, for any level.

Leah Fry said...

Yup, surgery before his thoughts begin to travel in that direction. If Heather doesn't need his genetics, I sure don't need 'em either.

Michelle, your family and Dennie's are both in my prayers.

Thanks for the tip, Aurora. I put that book on my Amazon wish list.

morningbrayfarm said...

I love the verbal greetings... I'm finding that quite amazing at the barn where I'm taking my lessons. Cheers back to you!

Hopeful said...

good times with the horses! glad you're getting a lot of ride time in. hee haw!!!!!!!!!!

Jeni said...

Sounds pretty darn perfect in my book!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Glad you got good rides on both horses. Poor Daltrey! But of course, gelding is the best thing for him if he's not to be bred.

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Haahaa-I just noticed your line on Leave a comment...Has that always been there? Too funny!

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