Monthly Archives: August 2011

Focusing on the Positives

I actually got to show today.  It didn’t go very well.  PJ was a slug.  I’ll start from the beginning.  Last week when I was getting ready for the show we didn’t go to, it took me 2.5 hours to … Continue reading

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How to Trail Ride?

While taking PJ on a hack today I wondered how great trail horses are made.  Sure, the easy answer is you expose them to lots of different places and things in a confidence building way.  But what I’m talking about … Continue reading

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Confirmation

On Sunday, I thought I had a really good ride, but I was by myself, so I wasn’t sure.  He felt forward and pushing and when I half-halted, it looked like he sat in the mirror.  My position also felt … Continue reading

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No Show at Least for Me

I had until 6:30 am at the very latest to make the decision whether to show or not.  Even though when I looked out the window the rain was so thick I could barely see across the street and the … Continue reading

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Prepping for Nothing ????

I’m supposed to have a horse show tomorrow.  I say “supposed to” because the weather is calling for horrible rain.  I’m sorry, but I do this for fun and showing in a downpour is not fun.  Although I don’t have … Continue reading

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The Right Equipment Means Everything

A master saddle fitter came out to our barn today to look at a whole bunch of horses, including PJ.  I know that a lot of my issues are mine alone, but I haven’t been feeling very secure in my … Continue reading

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Clear Aids Are Critical

I’ve created a canter monster.  I had been half-halting, half-halting, sending forward and asking for the canter depart.  While now PJ thinks any time I half-halt, half-halt, send forward that it means canter.  That’s a problem because sometimes it just … Continue reading

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