Since I haven’t been able to ride since I hurt my ankle on Saturday, of course this just makes me get my horse fix by tack browsing and thinking of things that I need want.
I went to the barn Tuesday and got in a good long grooming session and I was able to ride bareback today, but its not really the same as getting a solid ride in.
Since I last posted a wish list I have gotten all of the items on there! So its time for an update!
1. Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunters in Blue Velvet (photo credit to Farmhouse Tack) Not only am I sucker for this deep jewel tone blue color, but I also love how luxurious the name sounds. Well played Tailored Sportsman, well played.
2. Veredus Carbon Gel Vento Open Front Boot (photo courtesy of Farm House Tack) Now that Mabou is officially a jumper, he needs a fancy pants pair of boots!
3. All the sun shirts! I am particularly feeling the Tailored Sportsman Ice fil shirts- they are so soft and comfortable!
4. All the Ogilvy! Because why not?!
Hopefully my next post will actually contain some riding!
My weekend was great, mild weather, sunny skies, what more can a horse girl ask for?!
I got to trail ride Mabou on both Saturday and Sunday! He has just been coming back from all his time off, and I decided to canter the fields Sunday. It felt sooooo nice! I was in a great mood for the entire rest of the day!
Notwithstanding the fact that Mabou has been ridden maybe a total of 4 times over the past month and a half, he was his usual pleasant self. I think he was just really happy to actually get out on trail and be able to do more than walk.
He was excited, but still soft and listening. He felt great through his body, the time off might have been great for him. The only thing I would change was that I wish I had someone to go with, but it was just me and Mabou on both trail rides.
We did a nice easy canter around the big field. We were both itching to let loose and gallop, and eat up the ground with his big TB stride, but maybe next week we can do that after he has been back in work longer. Sigh it is hard being responsible.
I hadn’t jumped in a little while, so it was really fun to get on him and jump around. Such a different feel from Mabou- Going from big strided narrow TB that is a very foward ride to short porky pony who is a total push ride!
I also wore the Tailored Sportsman Redwood today! Yay for fall colored breeches!
There are also many more practical things on my Christmas list this year, such as a Happy Mouth pelham and braiding yarn and grooming supplies, but it is always more fun to list the completely frivolous items.
What does everyone else want this year for Christmas? Any of the same things as on my list?!
Although I don’t have a single photo or video, believe me when I say my lesson was FABULOUS! It was the kind of lesson that leaves you grinning and on cloud nine for the rest of the day because your horse was so amazing! We worked on really being straight on the long sides and bending through the corners in our flatwork warm up, then did some big serpentines with flying changes in the center (pony was excellent). As for jumping, we did a bunch of single fences with big rollbacks to really make me sit up, rock him back and collect him and bend through the turns. He felt like BUTTER, bending and collecting felt effortless. What a good boy, he worked so hard today.
It is finally cold enough to break out the sheets. As you see above, his sheet is very manly indeed. The mares love it! And… check out this matchy matchy fun
I just love it… Can’t wait to get a photo of the two of them together!
First off- since it is officially fall I broke out the rust breeches today! So anyway, after the weekend’s disappointment, I had a great hack yesterday and decided to lesson today.
We warmed up with some flatwork… .making sure that I got him moving with big elastic steps and trying to quiet my seat and sending him forward just using my legs, not posting bigger. We did a lot of sitting trot and worked on me sitting up and back, as I like to lean forward a little too much sometimes!
Then we did a very challenging jump exercise that had a single vertical jump on one side and a cavaletti pole on the other side. We had to make an oval and jump the jump to the vertical. It looked like this:
At first horsie kept landing on the wrong lead and then giving me beautiful changes, but after a few times he figured it out and landed correctly.
We started small and really worked on the flatwork inbetween the jumps, making sure that I pushed him out on the circle with my inside leg, used my outside leg to keep his haunches from fishtailing out and kept my shoulders straight (which is hardest for me ugh)
I also was using my outside rein a little too much to pull his outside shoulder around the circle, so trainer had me really exaggerate the separation of my hands and open my outside rein, which would prevent me from being able to pull back on it. It made a huge difference and pony immediately softened. Then trainer raised the fence and we kept going.
The bigger height definitely helped to force him to rock back and balance himself. Then trainer raised the fence again, and by this point I could feel he was getting tired, but he has so much heart he was a great boy and jumped super!
What a great lesson, I really feel like he was so good and didn’t get annoyed that we were doing the same exercise for a while. He was listening well, and I love him in the rubber pelham! Rubber bits are our friends apparently! I have lots of homework now and things to work on from trainer, which I like because it helps me structure my rides. Afterward I rubbed him down with liniment and let him have a nice long graze. It is supposed to rain tomorrow, so he will get a well deserved day off. LOVE MY PONY!
Saturday I got a good flat school in early…. worked on a lot of bending and moving off of my inside leg. I have found (through trial and error) that if I weight my outside seat bone and almost step toward the direction I want him to leg yield he will move right over with light inside leg pressure. So that’s getting better…. Want to keep building strength to use for nice easy lead changes.
Then Sunday I went for a super long trail ride in the hackamore again.
We went for a long gallop in the field, where he gave me a small taste of his speed (He was a graded stakes winner in his former career). We were going so fast I felt like I couldn’t even breathe… then we hit the end of the field and I realized how awesome that was so I turned around and we did it again! He even came back pretty well from the dead gallop in the hackmore too, what a good boy!
I have been obsessed with bits lately, I just feel like I haven’t found the “right” bit yet for jumping. Horsie goes pretty happily in the Myler Level 3 Mouthpiece with the hooks, which is supposed to be a pretty mild mouthpiece with the tongue relief.
But I can’t help thinking there is something better out there. Like I will know when I ride with *THE ONE* and sparks will fly or something. Am I crazy? maybe. Horsie hunts in a double jointed gag. We used to hunt in his regular bit, which stopped immediately once we were on the last run of a hunt across a huge grass field and I had ZERO brakes. I then proceeded to ride on my trainer’s horse’s ass, using him as a brake while screaming to my trainer to HELP ME PLEASE. (Not my proudest moment) I like the gag because it’s a mild snaffle mouthpiece when I leave him alone, but I have something to make him listen to me if I ever need it. So now I just want to find something that I can jump in the ring with that he stays quiet, because I think the gag is too strong for that. Going to try a rubber pelham tomorrow, I will report back!
In other news, broke out the Black Forest Green Tailored Sportsmans yesterday, it’s officially fall!
I also got a new helmet…. the Charles Owen Wellington Professional. I justified this because of course in the winter my head will get too cold in the GPA Speed Air… right?!