Sunday’s Lesson and Half a Horse


Today's lesson dawned cold and frosty, once again.  I think the temps are finally supposed to start going up this week.  I'd be happy with 40s!  It was cold enough that poop steamed, but little miss twinkle toes didn't get spooky today.

Since Blondie wasn't worked yesterday, she was hell on wheels today.  She wouldn't walk, so M had me keep trotting her, bending and turning her, for about 30 minutes.  I was getting more worn out than the horse.  The canter the first way was absolutely dreadful, but I got my act together the second way and she was nice and slow. 

After the lesson, I stuck around to watch M work A's horse, Moose.  Since breaking her leg, A hasn't been able to do much of anything, obviously.  Her doctor told her she is good to start riding, so she is starting off with something simple - Doc.  It's going to take her a while to get back to where she was, but there's been a big improvement, and she's even driving again. 

Moose is a NSH, and she is 5-gaited, too.  Only she hasn't been worked hard since last fall, because A doesn't have an indoor to train in during the winter.  She brought Moose to the farm about a month ago, and they have been working on getting her back in shape and getting her to use her hind quarters more effectively.  M was really struggling to get the mare racking.  Instead, she paced.  Near the end Moose was racking, but it looks like it's going to take some work to get her where she needs to be.

Then I heard that Sarah was going to ride the Friesian, and I had to stick around for that.  Good thing I did - it was pretty good show.  Started out in the aisle with the incredibly dense gelding (as of last week) not remembering how to go forward.  M had to remind him, but Audie, Laurie, and I ducked into Summer's stall and closed the door while he was being reminded.  He is big and strong and stupid, and I didn't want to get run over.

Sarah is pretty fearless, and she hopped up after D lunged the horse for a few minutes.  We all told her to make sure she didn't bounce on his back - that's just a disaster waiting to happen.  Sarah has a few rough minutes, and she almost ran over D.  He had them on a lunge line, and he told her that if she runs him over, he can't protect her from the stupid horse.  That struck me as really funny.

Sarah almost got bucked off, when the idiot just started firing his back legs.  I don't know if she bounced on him or what, but he suddenly wasn't very happy and he let her know.  D got dragged along, Sarah got herself reorganized, driving the horse forward again.  She is a really good rider and I envy her fearlessness.  Of course, she's been riding for 12 twelve years, and at 16, she knows no fear.  She likes them a little wild.

Big news of the day - I'm going to be half leasing one of A's mares for the show season.  Now I can show twice as much!  We're going to try it for a month, and if things go well at the Mason show, I'll lease for the summer.  If it doesn't work out, we'll call it quits at the end of the month and look for another option.  I'm really excited about it - I really need to force myself to ride other horses besides Harley and Blondie if I want to become a better rider.  The mare is a National Show Horse, so she can show in the Challenge of the Breed classes, and one of the shows has half-Arabian classes. 

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