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Trail(er) Pony!

This past weekend, Lindy made her road-trip debut. Which is to say, I put her in the horse trailer for the first time since I brought her home a little over a year ago.  But what made Sunday special was that after she got in the trailer, we headed over to my friend Mariah’s house [...]

Git In My Trailer!

I have been lucky in that I have never owned a horse who had a serious loading problem.  But I did once bring home a horse on trial who had a trailering issue.  As in, the day I went to pick her up to bring her home, it took over an hour of several cowboys [...]

Lindy’s First Canter!

I’ve been a bit worried about cantering Lindy.  Sometimes she is just so uncoordinated and unbalanced at the trot that cantering seems like it might be potential suicide.  But she’s been understanding lateral flexion.  She’s been spiraling in and out on a circle.  She has a very rudimentary idea of half halting.  All these things [...]

Horse Trial Successes

1.  Sadie, Roxy, The Kid, and I all got to the show grounds safely and with all the necessary equipment, arriving exactly at the same time as GrammiSue:                   2.  We schooled cross-country on Friday and despite the heat (mid-high 90′s), a few wacky leaps and hard [...]

Lateral Flexion, Bend and Counter-bend

Lindy is working on some kind of big-girl stuff this week.  Because apparently going to a show with Sadie is making me focus on Lindy a little more too.  This is partly because I’ve had a little more time to devote to the horses between waiting for the editor to send the novel back and [...]

First Poles

Yesterday Lindy walked and trotted over poles for the first time under saddle.  I was a little worried that she might forget to pick up her feet and just trip over them, especially since last week she tripped and stumbled just trotting the slight down slope in our arena.  Added to the fact that my [...]

Lindy’s Third Ride…

…almost didn’t happen.  I was sorely tempted on Thursday to just hop on, but I was alone.  I know it’s never really a good idea to ride when no one else is around, but sometimes that’s the only way I get to ride.  Still, on a super-green horse like Lindy, it’s an even worse idea. [...]

First Ride!

Lindy’s first ride (<– link to the video) Here it is in all it’s glory!  The video of my first ride on Lindy… Today I had my support crew (although as you’ll hear in the video, The Kid wasn’t super happy about being there).  The weather was clear and calm.  The ranch was deserted.  Lindy [...]

Today Would Have Been a Good Day…

…to ride Lindy.  She was calm while I groomed her.  She was mostly calm except for a few wild woman head tosses when I round penned her (and that was just because the side rein buckle and the stirrup were clinking together.  It was kind of legitimate).  She had moments of being soft and round [...]

Pony Ride! (Part 1)

OK, so the title of this post is a little misleading.  No, I haven’t ridden Lindy yet.  That’s still officially scheduled for her birthday (4/24) and unofficially scheduled for this Thursday (4/14)… but shhhhh!  That’s a secret. Anyway, one of the little training techniques I really love is Ponying.  I first discovered ponying when I [...]