Easter at the Barn

With temperatures hovering in the 20's, I dug out my trusty hand warmers, bundled up, and headed off to the barn.  It was really cold standing in one place for any length of time.  I wish winter would DIE!

Sara helped me get Blondie ready, and then M and I headed off to the arena.  I must say that today was one of the most frustrating lessons I've had.  Period.  Blondie wouldn't go within 10 feet of the back gate, and I couldn't make her.  Usually by the time we hit the cantering portion of the ride, she has forgotten about the strip of sunlight shining under the door. Not today.  Nope.  She kept ducking out, at the canter, and doing this stuttery thing that totally knocked me off balance.  The first time she did this was incredibly ugly, forcing me to grab mane, which had me pulling on her mouth and dragging her to the left. 

After regaining my composure, we tried again, and again, and again.  When I complained that the only thing I thought we accomplished today was teaching her that she didn't have to go close to the door, M said that wasn't right.  At the end, I did have her attention off the gate and on me, and I kept her corners square.  This didn't make me feel any better, especially when none of the other riders seem to have any difficulty moving their horses past that back gate.  Argh!  Today was a real confidence kicker.  I am going to be able to keep her moving around the ring next Saturday?  Blondie is a bigger chicken sh!t than Harley, and that's saying a lot.  What a crappy lesson.

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3 Responses to Easter at the Barn

  1. Kim says:
    Well i wasnt there but you shouldnt lose confidence because she was being a butt, its blondie. you need to use some of the gym equipment you apparantly have and build up your leg muscles. Are you going up friday night? And at the place there are no spooky mysterious lights around so you wont have the same problem as with the back door. Oh and you may not like the suggestion but if you talk to her, like in a calm voice she may litsen to you more. I know if i start talking to sammy he tends to listen more.
  2. Julie says:
    Yes, I’m going up Friday night. Hopefully I won’t get sick between now and then She was spooky with the chairs, and there’s going to be a photographer there this time, shooting off their flash! I have been talking to her more, but being an adolescent, she isn’t listening!
  3. Kim says:
    Because you are you you are going to freak yourself out. You know what shes gonna spook at so just try and keep it from happening. If it happens o well. Dont dwell on it. Move on to the next thing. and if you go on overload inhale, exhale. If you think about everything all the time from here till then you are going to fall flat on your face and you will fall because you will be worked into a tizzy. so relax, do yoga or DDR or whatever freaky manga loving people do and relax.

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