Monday, October 16, 2017

Oh, Bee, What Fun We'll Have At Clinics!



Bee had her first clinic--aka four hours of fun!

It's a colt starting clinic and we work on whatever needs to be done.  Saturday we lunged, worked in the round pen, practiced being tied, and drove from the ground.

I thought it would be good practice to have my granddaughters, who were there with me, work Bee, too.


She was very good with the girls.

By the end of the clinic, Bee was the most calm I've ever seen her.  She also looked mentally tired and, strangely, at peace.  She hadn't worked up a major sweat, but she had to think a lot. The ground driving, especially, was good for her.  She got all wound up in the rope, but had to think to stop herself and not panic.  She also had the rope around her legs and butt--thoroughly sacking herself out.  But she worked through it all and decided to partner up.

Rebecca assessed the saddle and agreed that because of her short back, there will be some uncomfortable moments, however, she thinks it is good for her to get used to all kinds of feelings and things touching her.  The more, the better.  She didn't buck a bit changing gaits at the clinic.  In fact, she made me look like a pro.  I'd say, "walk" and she'd walk.  I'd cluck, and she'd trot.  Kiss, and she'd lope.  She's extremely smart.

These clinics are going to be so good for her.  Lots of exposure.  New people.  New horses. New places.  Building confidence.  Growing up.

The day after, you will be happy to know, she came right up to me in pasture to say hi--a sure sign she didn't have bad feelings from the day before.  Success.

Here are some of my fave photos from our lovey-horsey weekend.


This one is classic.  Cat is like 4 feet tall (or less) and she was riding Little Joe all over the place and getting him to do these big obstacles all by herself.  Proud moment for me.





The girls and I choreographed some drill team moves and did patterns in the arena.  It was quite fun.


And, our 15th Anniversary trip to Sandpoint, Idaho, where we were married and return every year.


14 comments:

  1. Oh gosh, you're so blessed Linda!
    My GrandAmy turned 2 years old today - she has been riding (with a walk beside, Gramma hand on) her first pony, Butters, since mid-summer now. I can't wait until she is old enough to ride independently so we can trail ride together some gorgeous places. Her mother is a professional trainer, so maybe I'll get to go along on some 4H or even competitive stuff.
    In short, I want with Amy what you have with your granddaughters. <3

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    1. I hope you get to experience what I do very soon with GrandAmy. It is the greatest thrill seeing granddaughters grow into strong, smart horsewomen! Even greater to be able to ride out with them.

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  2. What a wonderful experience for everyone. This is so valuable. The most tired I've ever seen Carmen is when she has been mentally worked. With physical tiredness horses bounce back very quickly but the mental is completely different.

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    1. Indeed, it is! That mental work is exhausting!

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  3. What a great clinic and spending time with your grandkids riding is just the best. So glad Bee was such a super star for you. Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, she's doing pretty good. I'm still afraid to provoke that buck though!

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  4. What a great bonding experience for everyone. One way I "sack out" my horses is I get them used to being "petted" with the long whip, and then I gently toss the line around their legs so that it wraps around them like a tether ball around a pole. That way they are getting used to being touched on the legs by a foreign object that continues to move while it is touching their legs. All of my horses completely ignore it when I do that to them now. My trainer would lift their legs with a lead rope and pull it back and forth in a sawing motion, but she almost got within kicking range doing that, which is why I like using the long whip better.

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    1. I do that, too, with the whip. I've also done the lifting of the legs with the rope. All good stuff. The driving lines were fun because they were behind her butt. At first, she didn't like it and got tangled in them, but she soon stood still--like a smart girl!--and waited to try again.

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  5. I love it when kids take an interest in horses and I love it even more when the horse is so good with the kids.
    You live so close- we are an hour from Sandpoint- I'd love to get a chance to visit with you and meet your horses.

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  6. Happy Anniversary! The clinic looked like fun and like it was good for everyone.

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  7. Nothing but pure joy comes through this post. So happy for you, you deserve it!! All of it. Good horses, good clinic and special times with your grands!! Did it ever occur to you that Bee made you look like a pro, because you are one? Pro doesn't have to mean a title, or being a formal trainer. There are plenty with both, who are far from a pro. You are a knowledgeable savvy horsewoman!! Bee is smart, and knows that you are the real deal. Sweet that you & hubby return annually to celebrate your marriage. Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Thank you! That's very true. We get what we deserve when it comes to horses. Dedication yields results. As they say, horses never lie. lol.

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