10. DECEMBER 2017
Julie & Her Pony
Pretty much everyday I give my daughter a riding lesson, and ever since getting her own pony she insists on riding her every lesson. She rides this little grade pony (Welsh pony & Shetland pony cross) who's a 22 y.o. mare, who's named Suzie. She's very stubborn and lazy, but has a good show record. She's a show hunter, and I've been trying to teach Julie show hunting but she's been insisting on doing dressage. It's hard to argue with an 8 year-old..
SO, with that, we got out the tiny pony dressage saddle, and Julie picked out the saddle pad and wraps and I helped her get Suzie tacked before we went out to the arena.
Side Note, My turd stallion decided to jump out of his pasture and into the mare pasture and chased a mare out of the pasture. He was chasing her up the road as Julie and I were going to the arena...
after retrieving the two fugitives, I had Julie adjust her stirrups, girths, and helped her get up on her pony. We only used half of the arena, and it wasn't a very too in-depth lesson since I know absolutely nothing about dressage. It was more of just a basic ride if anything. She did what she wanted and I just gave her advice and made sure she wasn't doing anything that could hurt herself.
she did a lot of trotting around, just enjoying time with her pony. Near the end, I told her she's gonna canter, and I had my lunge line ready. The thing about Julie is that she's really not confident when it comes to cantering. So, I got the lead line set up, Suzie looked grumpy as ever. She really hates the lunge line, its not like she makes a big fuss about it, she just makes super grumpy faces as she's being worked.
she did a great job in her lesson, she still needs to work on her confidence, but I'm a bit of a wimp and won't get at her about it. She also asked about inviting her friends over, since she's been telling all her new friends at school about the stables and they've all been dying to come over. She's got a group of friends who are all big horse girls, and obviously the fact we live at an equestrian center would interest people. Not to sure if I'm gonna allow it or not though,,, we're still in the process of getting moved in.
I decided it'd be a good idea to take my lovely 5 year old show jumper, Ian, out to do X-country schooling on a chilly and sprinkling day. Here's a few photos to sum up how it went.
I actually have to go to the hospital because of this fall- since I hit my head pretttyyyy badly, and I think I may have did something to my hip. I got back on, it just started worsening later in the day. Ian hate's any sort of drops and ditches, it just seems that today was a specifically bad day, since I found myself in a ditch that I had to crawl out of! Ian was being pretty ridiculous today, he's done cross country multiple times before, today was just not his day. I hope I don't have a concussion or did anything really bad to my hip ( I may just be getting old :,) )
Ian was fine, he was just not having it today
Alternatively; I was going to caption the last image with the lyrics of White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes, but there was no snow- and I wasn’t witg a pack. Maybe I’ll wait till we get snow here and fall off again wearing a red scarf.