Class of 2013?

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby kande50 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:15 pm

Ponichiwa wrote:
I've also gone full-stock horse and just impulse-bought a dressage saddle with tooling


Had to google that. :-)

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby chantal » Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:20 pm

Zinnia, I'm loving reading the details of your story in addition to more pics of your guy. So cool! You are doing right by him.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Ponichiwa » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:16 pm

Well. Signed Queso up for a local schooling show. Fewer than 50 rides under our belt-- time to go show!

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby ZinniaZ » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:32 pm

how do you all structure your work weeks for your five year olds? I try to stick to a decent organized plan but sometimes I waffle around.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby heddylamar » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:08 pm

Structure? I have no structure :shock:

Our rides consist of arena + jaunt down the road (it's short and gravel). The horses are out in the big, semi-flat field right now, or it would be arena/field + road. We're in the thick of hunting season, and with the seeming inability to hit what they're aiming at (4-5 rounds at a time?!) I'm not going out on trail even with bells and high-visibility gear.

In the arena, we're working on shoulder in, canter (round, on the bit, counter bend, shallow arc counter canter), and we cool out with a long rein walk down the road checking out the neighbors (horses, cows, pigs, large equipment, etc). Even when Maia's hot, I stick with the long rein on the road. I'm trying to get her more confident in herself ... it seems to be working.

Next week I plan to introduce cross rails.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby ZinniaZ » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:15 pm

That's a structure! Just maybe a loose structure, which sounds good for your horse.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby heddylamar » Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:22 pm

Yeah. She gets seriously impatient and cranky if I do the same things each ride. Some days, just getting on and walking in an initial circle will set her off :lol: Patience is not one of her virtues.

I need to start riding her out and about in the other large fields — one is out of sight, out of mind, back behind the barn owner's house, the other field is around the arena and has steep hills and borders the alpacas and the pig ... both of which can send her bolting.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby ZinniaZ » Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:53 pm

yesterday, we had ridus interruptus so we ended up outside on the cold icy ground. went down the drive a bit and he was fine with the giant tarp covering the hay and the trailer that is covered in a new trailer cover. he was scared of a snow boulder on the driveway and when we turned to head home, he was all snorty about walking on his own shadow. ha!

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby heddylamar » Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:12 pm

I'm snorting :D Silly horses and shadows! Maia gets really tall and steps really high when we're riding at dusk. The shadow monster's going to get them!!

Last night we did trot-canter-trot transitions. Well, I should say, *I* tried. After the third downward transition, she was bucking into and out of the canter, and trotting was an anxious mess of "didyousaycanterNOW?!" "No, trot" :roll: She was a hot mess. Now that she's cantering better, I plan to keep at it until she gets the idea, and hopefully is strongerabout stepping into the canter.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Ponichiwa » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:22 pm

We're back home from the show, and guess who won his first class? This little cutie:
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby ZinniaZ » Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:07 am

awww, great photo! congratulations!

as for trot buck canter trot transitions-- right there with ya. Winter is harrrrd.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby StraightForward » Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:17 am

Wow, Queso is making such great progress!
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby heddylamar » Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:10 am

Awwwww. Queso is all cuteness :)

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Ryeissa » Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:39 pm

my duuuude! looks great. I love the brown tack- any more photos?

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby heddylamar » Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:44 pm

Our canter-trot-canter transitions have gotten FAR better. And, as I suspected, the canter improved vastly too. She's round, 80% balanced, and responsive to lengthening/collection within the canter. Woohoo! (That part had me riding turns like :shock:)

A few rides after the last post, I gave up on the figure 8 with simple change. We're in a bit longer than small dressage arena, and there just wasn't enought time/space to get Ms. "didyousaycanterNOW?!" to relax into the trot, ask for the canter, misfire, get the correct lead, and canter more than two strides before we needed to do it all over again. And a 15-20 meter trot circle within the figure 8 loop was a source of angst for her, shortening her stride and making her crabby and tight.

Instead, I've been cantering a full loop of the arena, coming across the centerline at X, trotting roughly X-E-H-C~M until she's relaxed, then cantering fully around the arena, asking for a canter lengthening K-E-H, and turning at B to X, trotting, and switching directions. She's far more relaxed, probably because I'm asking far less of her quickly :lol:

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Anne » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:03 pm

Heddy - that sounds like super progress with your canter work, and I hope trailering is also improving.

We had a hiccup in early December when Fergal came back into work after a 2 month break : he had got all tight and reactive again, and had a few bucking sessions, one with me on board, from which I bailed very quickly! No damage and got straight back on, and proceeded to have a fairly productive session just re-installing basics of walk/trot in a circle. Spent the next week doing groundwork for his confidence and mine, then hopped back on xmas day, and had a super ride out around our place.

Last weekend we did some canter work in the arena for only about the 4th time, though we've cantered quite a bit out on the hills. Very pleased that he felt quite balanced, and very biddable. The upwards transition is not super prompt, esp. to the left, but once in canter I can keep him bowling along for a couple of circles. I'm keeping off his back in canter for now, but think I need to sit a bit more soon.

Photos! : [I've got some video too, which I may edit and see if I'm brave enough to post...]

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby heddylamar » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:32 am

Fergus has a great canter! When I started sitting with Maia at the canter, I wore knee patch britches so my backside could slide a bit easier if she got off balance.

We're advancing with the horse trailer! Maia's pretty stubborn and not one to be pushed into anything that's not her idea ... so we're doing the easy thing — feeding her in the trailer. If she wants her gruel, she has to walk in on her own. No photos from the past few times, but I took these last week:

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Second time(?) loading on her own for supper.

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Three days later.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby heddylamar » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:34 am

Plus a few cute photos after our ride in the snow on Monday:

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Trying to look innocent after I yelled at her for gnawing on the fence. She's turning into a terrible beaver when bored. :oops:

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Ponichiwa » Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:01 pm

Lovely pictures, all. Heddy-- congrats on the trailer loading progress! Already starting to look like a non-event.

Anne-- you and your guy look great. I'm impressed with his balance; looks like a big horse now!

Short update on Queso: We've got leg yields. I repeat, we've got leg yields. I think his new saddle has really helped the both of us. Or so I tell myself to justify the spend...

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby piedmontfields » Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:56 pm

Wow, so many great updates (and photos!).

Glad Queso is justifying the saddle (btw, did we ever get photos of that pretty thing? the saddle, not your golden boy, although we always want to see him)
Fergal looks wonderful---freely flowing forward!
Glad Maia is incorporating the trailer into her life...she looks like such a character. And what a tiny mouth she looks to have in that photo over the fence!

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Ponichiwa » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:41 pm

It's maybe a bit more glitz/glam/flash than your run-of-the-mill dressage saddle, but here is Queso's new (to us) togs in a photo from ~Christmastime:

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Yesterday we attempted our first walk, trot, and canter over ground poles, and Queso took it like an old pro. No drama, no fuss, and no excitement: just flawless and adorable execution. But I may be biased.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Anne » Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:35 am

Wow, that is a bit out of the ordinary. I'm sure it looks even more spiffing on top of Queso. Glad to hear his poles outing was a non-event, he sounds like such a solid citizen.

And thanks P, P and H for positive comments on young Fergal - it has been a somewhat challenging journey so far, and I am kind of relieved and amazed that we can canter so nicely!!

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby heddylamar » Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:16 am

That's a sedately blingy saddle! It reminds me of some of the fancy western saddles I used to see back in the day. Mine is smooth leather, with just a thin tool line arong the edge -- not blingy enough for a 13yo girl :lol: The color must look fabulous on Queso!

After all our struggles, I've created a cantering monster!! The lengthenings, counter canter, transitions, etc have built quite the motor -- Ms. Maia has JUMP. I was getting a bit concerned what that would mean when she finally spooked while cantering :shock: She did today. I think we levitated 15 meters sideways ... and continued cantering, no sweat :lol:

She's gotten so accurate with canter transitions, I've been cantering 20 meter loop serpentines, with a simple change along the center line.

Since it's still bang-bang-bang season here (aka hunting ....), I can't trail ride on public lands or transverse the private lands to get there. So, to add some variety in addition to walking the long driveway, I've added crossrails to our flat work in the dressage saddle. I need to see the saddle fitter before we can tackle real jumps, I think my jumping saddle is too narrow for Maia.


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