holy crap I’ve missed a lot, but i’m trying to continue the commitment I made to this blog!
Okay so my last post said we were at Jen-Mar. On 11/13/11 we left Jen-Mar due to internal issues…. From there we moved to Black Pegasus Ranch, formerly Avalon, and we are currently there. It’s a really nice place. It has and indoor and an outdoor arena. They basically do everything for us there, they blanket, clean stalls, rotate horses throughout the day, grain… the full package deal for only $25 more dollars than I was paying at Jen-Mar where it was the bare minimum package. Aside from a few aspects, BPR is great!!
We’re still training with Suzan. (Oh and Leslie and her horse Brazil (also trainging with Suzan) moved to BPR too!) Things are going great and we are really looking forward to the summer show season in California. We will be competing at training level, however we are schooling many 2nd level movements and elements of both 1st and 2nd level. Right now I’m focusing on straightness and tempo, because that’s what will be judged primarily at training level. I have nearly everything I will need for the show season, except for a few minor horsie necessities.
For christmas Lane (my eldest brother) bought the family GoPro video cameras, and I have been using it to film my lessons. I have uploaded most of them to my youtube account.
We (Suzan, Leslie, Leslie’s mom Kate, Suzan’s daughters Roxanne and Riley) went to the Annual CDS Symposium at Rancho Murieta on January 22nd. I learned a lot and also won a new bride in the raffle!!
Lena has filled out like crazy!! she has sooo much muscle! Her tail is down to the ground (when it’s out of its bag)
I rode Lena in the outdoor arena with Leslie and Brazil. I mostly worked on her issues at the far end of the arena (one side of the arena is by the owners house and for whatever reason Lena is super spooky down there. things have gotten a lot better, I just have to keep her attention on me and working) We also worked on steadiness, straightness, and tempo. She had a few issues getting onto the outside rein, but we worked through it. ( i kinda think that the new bridle isn’t fitting her properly and thus I’m not getting the same results I was with my old bridle.) I’m having a hard time getting her to stop straight and square, mostly because I’m so much stronger with my right hip so I end up pushing her hips to the left…
After our ride I put thrush preventative stuff on her hooves and let her sit while I talked with Leslie about her lesson with Vulker (I’m not sure if that’s how you spell his name) Also Suzan is letting me borrow an old hunt saddle of hers so I can cross-train over jumps. I haven’t jumped yet, i’ve just been oiling it. Hopefully in my lesson on sunday I’ll be able to do some jumping with Suzan there ( i’ll make sure to bring my camera) I also asked the barn manager Nancy for a second locker so I can put my hunt saddle in one.
So that’s it for the catching up =] I’ll post tomorrow.
warmup ring at the October show
last fall at Jen-Mar
I absolutely love this horse!!