Wednesday, August 3, 2011

And, I'm UP!

Plan B.

So, my ponying horse is convalescing and has gone back to kindergarten. What was I to do?

Plan B: Jump up and down around her, in and out of the stirrup then up on top.

My first day on Beautiful Girl (trying to keep up with Lea who's leaving me in the dust!) and it was so darn peaceful. I don't know who's being trained, me or her. (Most likely, me.)

16 comments:

  1. WooHoo! Way to go! You've done your job well, and she's a neat horse too. So unconcerned.

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  2. Maybe a little too unconcerned? That eating the grass business...I'm not to sure if that's in the colt-starting manual. LOL!!!

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  3. Yeah!! That is so great! Looks like Beautiful did fantastic and doesn't have a care in the world! I hope Chance is like that for her first "ride"!

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  4. Congratulations! Very relaxed (and hungry)!

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  5. Paint Girl. I'm sure Chance will do just as well or better. She seems ready to go in a lot of ways. You've done well with her.

    Kate. Yes, quite hungry, isn't she? haha.

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  6. It's kind of hard to tell, but did she even notice you had climbed up there? So cool. That shows TONS of ground work!

    Bill

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  7. Yeah, she's had a lot of groundwork. I can see my biggest issue is going to be getting her to stop eating grass. That's when we might see a little nasty eye from her.

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  8. Yeah- look at you! Doesn't that feel great, the first time you throw a leg across a horse you've started yourself?
    Beautiful is showing a nice calm temperament so far. Hope she stays just as sweet.
    (Have you stopped grinning yet?)

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  9. Wow! That really did look easy! You can see she knows you are up there, she just doesn't care. Yeah, it's easy to just stand there with a rider. Not so easy to move out! I'm sure you have done this, but make she she will move out easily on the ground!

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  10. Shirley--written from someone who has thrown a leg over a horse they started themselves! Yes, I'm still grinning. ;)

    Kara--you're right, standing there letting her eat grass is easy. It's a good, positive way to introduce her to a person in the saddle, but I plan to start all of her sessions, like I did today, with LOTS of groundwork. That was only a small portion of the whole thing--probably 40 minutes of work condensed to the last 1 minute. I didn't even think I was going to get a leg over. She was very worried about that metal tub and I thought it was going to sabotage my plans. Also, it was the first time she had a breast collar on and it was a little snug. So, it took her a while to stop and "listen" to me and look to me. Only then did I get on. And when I saw her relax I decided to throw the leg over.

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  11. That's GREAT! Yes, she looks very unconcerned! Can't wait to see more!

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  12. Both of you made that look like such a natural, peaceful experience. I know that's not probably how it felt during all the work to build up to that point.

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  13. Yeah!!! She looks like she could care less if you're on her or not. I think you're more worried about things than she is. What a sweet girl.

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  14. I was so excited to read your title I actually squealed!

    I adore the harmony that you two radiate in the video ... you both are completely at ease with each other and it was beautiful to watch!

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  15. You two look great together, congrats on the first ride!! :)

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