Friday, September 25, 2015

I guess I don't need stirrups

Yeah, the majority of the last lesson was done sans stirrups. I guess I was kind of happy about it because I've yet to use a saddle with flex stirrups, which I've grown used to over the past two months. Perhaps I should carry a pair with me to every barn.

It was "Naughty Pony Day", which is pretty much self explanatory. Everyone gets on a pony, and we switch multiple times. I started out on Pixel, who had to be tacked up in the stall, and we had a number of disagreements regarding that. He has a really smooth stride, pretty fancy too. He's a bit green and new to the barn, so Coach S just had me keep it simple. The only big thing we tried was bending, and we all know how I do with bending. I guess the big thing was keeping him moving forward cause he broke quite a few times. Fortunately his transitions are on point.

Curious pon
I switched onto Rain, tiny pinto jumper pony. She has little pony strides when she flats, but she can get speedy, so I kind of freaked out at first. I was only rigid for about a third of a lap before I got myself together. We had a good time. Her transitions were also on point, but I need to make sure that they are relaxed. She was stretching right towards the bit when we cantered, and she was nice and forward and responsive. First time riding a jumper pony. I'm impressed.

Kind of angry pon
Next, I swapped back onto the beloved Twinkles, who is so out of shape that she was pretty worn by the time I got on her. We got one good canter transition. Everything else was bleh, but I do need to actually compose myself for the transition. I regret cantering her without stirrups; she has a pretty choppy stride that you can't sit all the way, and it's a lot easier when I have ankles to absorb some shock. My butt will never be the same.

We finished by switching back to our original ponies and doing the crossbar three times. Again, Pixel is green, slow, and, apparently, likes to over jump everything. Also, I can't see a distance anymore, so the first two attempts were most crash throughs with low amounts of finesse, but the final attempt was nice. He gets a quick simple change too.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fashion Thursday: Lecture to Lesson 9/23/15

Yes, yesterday's outfit included copious amounts of gummy worms, and today's outfit is about to as well.

Lecture to Lesson: 9/23/15
1. Longshanks Polo Shirt in Coral
2. Pull&Bear Skinny Jeans
3. Keds Flats
4. Barneys New York Trouser Belt
1. Longshanks Polo Shirt in Coral
2. Barney's New York Trouser Belt
3. Ariat Heritage III Paddock Boot
4. Ovation Sync Helmet
5. Horze Crystal Half Chaps
6. Harry's Horse Rimini Breeches
And if you really wanna have the complete outfit, you can buy this 4.5 pound bag of gummy worms.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Another Romeo

I'd say I'm in love, but I know how the play ends.

I would have posted on Wednesday had I not be swamped with homework (read: math is killing me). The past couple of days have been particularly tedious, but the weekend will be open for the most part. I appreciate the break.

Couldn't be bothered to use actual paper
I drove up with Dia, Kal, and Car (seriously these nicknames are getting difficult). It was an interesting drive to say the least, mainly because I put on the Mulan soundtrack. Gotta be swift as a coursing river to ride a horse, amirite?

I started out on another pony named Leia. Darn these short legs. She was a sweety though and through with a pretty soft mouth. We started out great, but too much hand in a downward transition thoroughly pissed her off, and I was not forgiven. We did get to ride outside, which was nice. We warmed up by trotting around the grass on the outside of the arena. We stayed in a nice line, one behind the other, Leia getting a bit speedy at times, but I'm getting better about half halting.

w/ out scale figure
I was second to last in the trotting formation, and the horse behind me, Romeo, was taking his rider "to the rodeo" as they called it. For some reason, he was just freaking out, not really wanting to go anywhere, but (somehow) his rider was keeping him in the formation. I should mention that he also has ROARS. So, the entire time that we're warming up, all I can hear is heavy, erratic footfalls complimented by roaring. It's like being chased by a lion that doesn't know if it wants to pounce or not. When we got back into the ring to canter, he just lost it and panicked by the in gate, accidentally stepping on Coach S's dog. Other girl got taken off of him, and I got put on. Shaking commenced.

But it actually turned out a lot better than I thought it would. We went straight into the canter, and yes I took the longest time before even attempting the transition. It was a lot of circles and a lot of half halts and a lot of "Good boy"s and "Shhhh"s and "You're okay"s. We did get some very nice transitions both up and down. Romeo is a lot like Vic, just a bit calmer, so enough to push me out of my comfort zone, but not enough to push my soul out of my body. Perfect.

w/ scale figure
He was great to jump, too. He's super consistent, doesn't speed up except when he goes to do a lead change. What's funny is that he has a very up and down canter, so it's imperative that I get up in my two-point and stay out of the saddle until at least the second stride after the fence. If I sink down too quickly, his body comes straight up, and I get a not so nice slap in the butt from the saddle. Just lovely.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fashion Thursday: Navy Blue is the New Fall Hue

It goes great with browns and tans and rusts, therefore I highly recommend it if you've given your life away to this fashion thing like I have.

Navy Blue is the New Fall Hue
1. Fair Isle Striped Sweater
    sold out
2. Joules Checked Wax Jacket
    sold out
3. Liu Jo Lightweight Scarf
4. Pikeur Jasha Breech
    no longer available
5. De Niro Ramses Slangenprint

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

I'm alive, barely, but alive

Forgot to post about the eq team meeting, but it happened on Sunday. They seem to be a fun bunch, but they put an emphasis on being social which I'm just like ????? How do socialize?

Unfortunately, they had to get the ball rolling for lessons, so I had mine today. I was first put on a fat Haflinger named Twinkles. Pretty typical pony mare, quite fat and quite sassy and quite fat. I must say, I love a wide load. Much easier to sit on. The most nerve racking part is getting into the barn's routine and finding out where everything is. Once I had that down, it was smooth sailing . . . kinda.

Started out just walking around, again having a fit over stirrup length with leathers that didn't match each other. Honestly, I'll keep a short stirrup. My leg stays in place. Twinkles is a simple ride. The trainer, Coach S (I'm running out of letters, guys), said, "It doesn't bend". That is now my challenge for the year: make Twinkles bend. Trot was easy, although my being out of shape didn't particularly help things. My legs were burning maybe two laps into the posting trot, and I was dying through the two-point, but then Coach S said those six sadistic words, "Drop your stirrups and rising trot."

The canter was strange, not particularly comfortable, and I was bracing, so no good. Then we switched, and I got put onto Victor, who just happens to be one of the horses that was at an IEA show over the winter. Small world.

Yeah, no, Victor and I do not agree. First, he's narrow, much more narrow than Miss Fat & Sassy Twinkles. He's also a jumper, which I haven't actually encountered because I was too much of a wuss to ask about riding Sailor yet in my career. I guess there's a first time for everything. He's got a super bouncy trot, very forward. I was braced, forward, and not even nearly as soft in my hands as I needed to be, especially considering that he goes in a gag. We had 0 rhythm and were completely out of sync, but despite looking like a low-key trainwreck, WE DID NOT BREAK GAIT EVEN ONCE, therefore I am happy and 100% willing to try again when the time comes.

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