Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I will get that Rolex post done on here I promise! In the meantime, catch up on what I had to say over on the Ecogold blog.
Post Rolex Thoughts
Unfortunately I had to go back to work right away on Monday after Rolex. And it has been crazy. The last week of open enrollment is always a busy time for us and this was no exception. Plus, Walmart apparently decided that since I needed Saturday and Sunday off I need to work the other five days of the week. Luckily that meant I got Saturday off again so I could spend all day with the ponies.
Got to the barn early on Saturday and the kids started tacking up horses first thing. Henry tacked up my Fanny-girl and I hopped on her first. Man she is really enjoying the little bit of riding I've done with her. Anyway, we warmed up on the flat and then started jumping over a crossbar. Bonnie added a second crossbar as a two stride and then after a few times she turned the second fence into a vertical at about 2'. Jumped that a few times and then the first fence was turned into a 2'4" vertical. Fanny was a rock star as usual and just enjoying life jumping the slightly bigger fences. And that brought Bonnie and I to the idea of taking her in the 2' walk/trot division at South Farm. So it looks like Fanny and I will be heading that way.
After Fanny, Victoria brought Kaye out for me and I got a short ride on her. I'm totally doing this backwards going from the smallest horse to the largest in my riding! lol Kaye was great warming up on the flat. A little resistant to the bit at first but that passed quickly. And really it's just been the kids and Katie riding her lately so it's kind of to be expected. We had a good warm up and then jumped through the combination several times, which for Kaye was a one stride rather than a two strider. Didn't really take the fences up much but it felt great to be jumping Kaye at all. I really haven't gotten the chance to ride her much lately.
Then Kaye and Fanny were turned over to the kids and I decided to play with Orphan Annie for a bit. Bonnie and I found a new bit for the pony while we were in Kentucky. It's a double jointed D ring with a medium port. The idea is that she won't be able to get her tongue over the bit. So I tied her in her stall with the new bit and just let her stand for a while. She was pretty good with it. Surprised me actually. After I let her get used to it, I started grooming her and then tacked her up to lunge a bit. She tried her best to get her tongue over the bit, but the pony was not successful. So I'm calling it a win for the new bit.
After fooling around with the pony for a bit it was time to ride. Tacked Naughtie up to ride with Katie and Mystic. She warmed up beautifully on the flat and then it was time to start jumping. Bonnie started us over just a single fence, a large cross bar. And then she added another fence to make it a one stride. And slowly Bonnie increased the fence height till we were eventually jumping 3'4" And Naughtie was a rockstar! I'm also coming to a big realization about my riding. Quite frankly I suck! No really, I'm learning that I've just let Kaye do so much of the work and been a passenger with her. And I can't do that with Naughtie. I have to work hard to ride her correctly. And let me tell you it is hard work. And I am sore every time I get off that mare. But it's also humbling and very rewarding. And I'm learning a lot. Even more so than when I ride Kaye. Yeah I might get to jump bigger stuff, but it's all Kaye, not me.
|Joni, Matty and I at 5801|
On the 14th, we decided to clear the jumps out of the arena so that we could work on some dressage. I was up first on my Fanny-girl. We ran through the new USDF Intro test B. And Fanny strutted her dressage stuff! Gotta love that pony. Put her in a dressage ring and she just gets herself in a pretty little frame and moves right on. You can barely even notice her off on that stifle at all. So Fanny and I ran through the B test a few times and then I turned her over to Victoria. Time to tack Naughtie up, with draw reins today. After warming up, we started out by riding Intro test B. Naughtie hasn't ridden a dressage test in a couple years. And well, I'm just going to say that didn't count as she was ridden very well then. But she was a superstar. Worked in a nice, level appropriate frame and everything. Next up was Beginner Novice test B (I refuse to ride test A) And once again Naughtie rocked it. She was relaxed and gave me just the nicest canter work. So proud of my big girl.
The jumps were then all turned into verticals at about 2'6". Bonnie decided that I better get on Fanny and take her around the first time over the bigger fences. And man did Fanny have fun! She was getting some serious air over those things! Back on Naughtie and we got our turn over the course. Bonnie's directions were pretty much just pick a course of 8 or 10 fences. So I figured I would ride both straight lines and then both diagonal lines. Naughtie was tearing up that course. She was seriously just trucking around and launching herself over it all. I'm thinking the 2' divisions at South Farm are going to be a piece of cake for her.