Monday, February 16, 2009

Video From Last Week

I didn't make it out the the Farm this weekend to get an update on TJ and Choke, but I've finally got the video from last week in order. It's my understanding though, that Choke is progressing well. She may even have a few tricks up her sleeve by the time Horse Fair rolls around!

We are supposed to get lots of snow this week, which is a bummer because we are supposed to start practicing for the Midwest Horse Fair demo every Sunday. Practices involve trailering over to Tracy's indoor arena, and it's really a pain to haul with snow on the roads. Not to mention, digging out the trailer!! This little bit of an early Spring was such a tease, but I was thankful for it.

Yesterday I got to take a reining lesson on Rem. My riding instructor has agreed to do some group lessons every other Sunday. So far we've had 2 and they are great! I am very interested in learning more about reining but I've had my doubts about the sport and some of the things that I've seen. I am going in with an open mind though, and I'm learning so much.

Our first lesson was on stopping, which involved fencing. The first time I saw fencing, at a NRHA show, I was a little disturbed. It just looked like a bunch of crazy trainers running their horses full out into the fence, and using the fence to stop them. Doing a lesson on it and learning how to properly fence was an eye opener. I am still under the impression that it can be misused, but I suppose any training practice can be done wrong.

Today we continued with working on our stops. One of the things I was having trouble with, was remembering to exhale right before asking for the stop. Every time I remembered to exhale, Rem's stop was much better than if I had gone straight to turning my toes out and picking up on the bit. I am learning so much about actually finishing a horse. I have always enjoyed starting colts, but I am unsure how to continue on in the training once I have the basics down. I have a habit of not using enough rein. I am afraid of being heavy handed, so I don't give enough support with my hands. I am trying to break that habit though, and I think it's working. I've already seen improvement in Remington, after only 2 lessons! Oh, and mid way through the lesson Remington pulled the laying down thing again. Grrr.... How embarassing!! Oh well, I suppose it could have been worse... at least he didn't buck me off, right? I am going to have to really get after him if he does it again.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Another Good Weekend

First of all, TJ and Choke are doing great! I'm still working on getting a video together, but here is a photo to hold you over...

They took their first ride outside today. Choke was a good girl, she went up the hill and back with only a slight bit of hesitation. Not bad for the first time outside an arena since becoming "domestic".

She's continuing on in the basics. She's getting good at lateral movement from the ground and in the saddle. She yields her shoulders and hindquarters well, though better to the left than the right. She is just beginning to canter (without relying on the confines of a roundpen) under saddle. She picks up her leads just fine!

TJ said she can get a little hot at moments, but he plans to use that to his advantage. There may be cattle in her future... Over all though, she is already a pretty solid little mare, or at least TJ makes her look that way!

Remington tagged along today as well! We started work on Tent Pegging, which is quite a bit of fun, but very tiring for an out-of-shape mustang. In fact, Rem was so tired, he decided to lay down at the end of our lesson, while I was still on top... darn mustang. I got off but made him get right back up, there will be no rolling with the saddle on!!! So, I took the saddle off and let him have a go in the sand. He must have rolled back and forth 10 times before he finally got up.

Keep an eye out for the video, I'll get it posted here as soon as I can!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Busy Weekend

Sorry I haven't got a real Choke update yet. I went out Sunday night and TJ wanted to watch football! What was I thinking?? Haha, no I knew he had planned on it, but I stopped by after my lesson with Remington so I could practice some tent pegging. We're supposed to get good at it by April so we can do it in our demo. Remington seemed to enjoy it, so that's good. Luckily, we worked on straight lines in our lesson, earlier in the day.

Anyway, I did at least ask about Choke, and she is doing well, of course! Tracy said she'd try to get some photos and video to me this week so that I can do a little update! I'll be sure to post as soon as I get some material!

Jennifer tagged me for this fun little list!

The Bucket List

Place an X by all the things you've done and remove the X from the ones you have not.

Things you have done during your lifetime.
( ) Gone on a blind date
( X ) Skipped school More often than I should have...
( ) watched someone die
( ) Been to Canada
( ) Been to Mexico
( X ) Been to Florida
( ) Been to Hawaii
( X ) Been on a plane
( X ) Been lost
( X ) Gone to Washington , DC
( X ) Swam in the ocean
( X ) Cried yourself to sleep
( X ) Played cops and robbers
( X ) Recently colored with crayon
( ) Sang Karaoke You couldn't pay me to do this...
( X )Paid for a meal with coins only
( ) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch
( X ) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't I really need to work on this... damn donuts
( X ) Made prank phone calls
( ) Been down Bourbon St. in New Orleans
( X ) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose & elsewhere
( X ) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( ) Danced in the rain
( X ) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
( X ) Watched the sunrise with someone
( X ) Blown bubbles
( X ) gone ice-skating
( X )Gone to the movies
( ) Been deep sea fishing
( \ ) Driven across the United States alone Not alone, but I have been from Wisconsin to California by car.
( ) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving Another thing you couldn't pay me to do...
( ) Gone snowmobiling
( )Lived in more than one country
( X ) Laid outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
( X ) Seen a falling star and made a wish
( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Ole Faithful Geyser
( ) Seen the Statue of Liberty
( ) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
( )Been on a cruise
( )Traveled by train
( ) Traveled by motorcycle
( X ) Been horse back riding
( ) Ridden on a San Francisco Trolley
( X ) Been to Disneyland or Disney World
( ) Been to the top of an active volcano and seen hot lava
( ) Been in a rain forest
( ) Seen whales in the ocean
( ) Been to Niagara Falls
( X ) Ridden on an elephant
( ) Swam with dolphins

I suppose there's a lot I haven't done on this list... but that's okay with me :-)
Now, I think I will tag...

Andrea and Linda!