Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thanks to Ellie of Ellie and Werther for this cool award!
I think this award is particularly relevant in the horse training/riding community. Horses are incapable of being anything but honest. Thus, we, as riders, should strive to be just as honest as our partners in order to make our communication as clear as possible. Sometimes that honesty isn't pretty, sometimes it makes us proud.
Here are a few things I have learned about horses by being honest with myself:
1. Its best to admit when you have done something stupid. (remember that time I rode... ahem... got bucked off... my green broke horse in a halter bareback, without telling anyone where I was, or wearing a helmet?)
2. Sometimes you have to evaluate your own riding to understand your horses misbehavior. (like when Boomer was bucking at every canter depart until I let go of his face)
3. It is important to look back and see the progress you have made, especially if you are experiencing difficult times. ( just one short year ago I was focused on picking up Boomer's feet and getting him to stand still for the fly spray)
4. Never underestimate what you CAN do! ( more recently, I have been struggling with Boomer's attitude and barn sourness. This is something that I thought was out of my control, but after much thought and planning we are succeeding and making progress!)
I am supposed to pass this award along to fellow bloggers, but I'm not sure who hasn't done this one already! So, if you want it, come and get it!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Taking the horse camping has been one my biggest goals since I got him. Since we got the trailer in April, training, weather and the move have all kept us from getting out there! Friday afternoon I found out that the Clinton Lake horse trails were going to be open this weekend! I called John and he surprised me by getting off a half day early to help pack! We were packed up, hitched up, and headed out by 4pm. We got to the camp grounds and there were only a handful of other people there and most of them were just regular campers, no horses. There are about 50 camp sites in a big circle with a huge (3-4 acres?) grassy area in the middle. We picked a site, unpacked and set up Boomer's corral.