Our regular coach was out of town and the barn manager gave us our lesson. There was only 2 of us in the class. Each of us worked in our own half of the arena. We walked a big circle then used our seat to whoa at the cones that were placed in the middle of the arena. After doing this several times we did it at a jog. Then moved to posting trot doing the same whoa with our seats and trying to use less and less rein.

Cooper was finally getting it a little near the end of the hour. At first we were in the far end of the arena with the spooky things in the corners, skid and cones in one and a cat playing around the big door on the other corner. The other rider and I switched sides and then her horse was doing it also!! Must have been the full moon!

Cooper was also spooking when going past the arena entrance door with the other riders from the lesson before untacking. The door was closed but he was still side stepping going past it. He was jumping at every little thing seemed like. We did the half circles for about 20 minutes then went to the whole outside arena. I was a little worried about the corners but managed to get him through it, and stay in the saddle.

At times his jog was very nice the all of a sudden he would start to go fast. It was me too I know. I could not relax my legs, I could feel them tensing up then try to stretch them down and breath, but forgot a lot.

By the end we were doing ok, this is something new for me to practice again, good thing I write it all down in a journal and on here because I would forget for sure! And the batteries were charged so will get some video and a few pictures up shortly.

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Comment by Jackie Cochran on November 23, 2011 at 5:30pm

Hi, I like seeing your updates.  I hope you feel better and get to ride again soon!

Comment by Coopersmom_1958 on November 22, 2011 at 11:37am

Hope to get out early to see Cooper, maybe ride if the arena is free. There is a supplement seminar at  7 at the barn tonight and I think they might be using the arena for it. The last seminar was upstairs in the Store area so don't know what I will be doing when we get there. I haven't ridden Cooper since Thursday November 10. Last time I saw him was on Friday Nov 18 after the episode with my stomach and I was still too drained and tired to ride but we did do a little ground work. Still not feeling up to par, haven't even been doing the treadmill for the last 2 weeks. Oh well, no hurry to get things done.


Comment by Coopersmom_1958 on November 17, 2011 at 6:03pm

I had to leave and go home before the lesson started as I wasn't feeling good.

They didn't do anything in class, just worked on individual problems. It's been a long time since my stomach has acted up on a riding lesson night.

I had Cooper all groomed, worked him a little in the indoor arena and one boot on him and then had to leave. He could tell I wasn't feeling well, he waited very quietly for me to take his halter off before moving to his bucke to eat his treats.

Comment by Coopersmom_1958 on November 16, 2011 at 12:21pm

I didn't get out to see Cooper this past weekend. I had a headache all weekend and was in pj's from Friday night to Monday morning. 

We went out to see him last night, groomed him and did a little ground work with some poles and just walking around the arena. I didn't feel like riding so have not practiced Lesson 18 at all.

Tonight I am going for Lesson 19, it is moved from Thursday night this week. I am going to be sore tomorrow!!

Comment by Coopersmom_1958 on November 15, 2011 at 11:09am

**oops, meant to say the person CUT some off of the chocolate reins**

Comment by Coopersmom_1958 on November 15, 2011 at 11:08am

Hi Jackie! Those are Lyons signature rope reins, no reason in particular for using them, just got them for the name I guess. It took me awhile to get used the thickness of them. They used to burn my hands too, but not anymore. I have to learn to loosen up on them and stop wrapping them around my hands, hard thing to do.

I have thinner rope reins from Jonathan Fields website, they have snap ends but I wanted ones with slobber straps. I have a couple of sets of leather reins that I should try. I have a Billy Cook chocolate pair that go with the bridle I use but the person I bought them from some off of them and they seem to be a bit too short. I might try them, it's been awhile. The other pair are very thick light tan leather, they feel strange in my hands, more so than the rope ones do.

Comment by Jackie Cochran on November 14, 2011 at 9:50am

Hey Margaret, I watched your video.  I noticed you are using thick rope reins.  Is there a physical reason for this?

I'm only mentioning it because I do not think I could feel the right time to release the rein with so much in my hands.  But then I am lucky, I can handle the flat leather reins, I know not everyone can.  With the flat reins I can let the horse gently take extra rein from my hands.  Of course I am continously having to re-shorten my reins but my horses are a LOT happier with me.

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