Cold Weather Riding
It seems like just yesterday. Ellen and I would saddle up Ranger and Cruiser on a brisk fall day and head out for the trails. They could be very difficult when the weather cooled off. They wanted to fly down the trail, and we were young and wanted to fly with them. It would be a blast—and then we would turn around to go home. …Continue
Added by Judi Daly on November 24, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Ranger’s New Girlfriend
Ranger is a very temperamental horse. He is in an end stall. Years ago, my horse, Mingo was in the stall next to him. They were great friends. I had Mingo from birth, and Ranger helped raise him. They always got along. If Ranger was out on a ride, Mingo would stick his nose between the bars when Ranger came back. Ranger…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on November 3, 2015 at 11:12am — No Comments
A couple days ago, a friend of ours who is interested in taking clicker training up to the next level, came out to see a Cole performance.
Julie has a Haflinger mare that has done a little clicker training on the ground. Her trainer, until recently, saw no need for clicker training. The mare had some…Continue
The hardest part about this time of the year is the shorter daylight hours. Since I have to go home and take care of my animals after work, I run out of time to ride in the park. In the beginning of the month, I would rush out and take a quick ride with Kevin—just barely getting back before it was too dark to ride the guys home…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on October 27, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Ellen and I are continuing to enjoy the fall riding season. Last Friday, I took Cole out for a quick ride before dark. It was very, very windy and cold. That meant Cole was fast and fun. We avoided getting hit by any falling branches, though we did hear a few ominous cracks.
Saturday, it was rainy all…
Added by Judi Daly on October 20, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
A Historic Ride
On our second September long weekend, Ellen and I took Dante up to the showring trails. That isn’t historic at all, but we did have a few “firsts.”
As is typical on our vacations in the fall, we tend to run into park maintenance. Sometimes they are fixing our trail, sometimes trimming trees and then there is…Continue
You Can Teach an Old Horse a New Trick—or at Least Try To
Ellen has had Ranger about 20 years, and they have done all sorts of things together. She has done a good job training him to be a reliable and fun horse to ride. Somehow, she did forget an important lesson, and I didn’t even realize it.
One really, really important thing that…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on October 18, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
My New Horse
One of the reasons I got MerryLegs is because I missed my Cruiser. I thought a new horse would help me miss Cruise a little less. Well, that didn’t go as planned, but Ellen recognized the situation and gave me Ranger. Well, I should say that she is sharing Ranger, but as far as I’m concerned—when she isn’t there, he is mine. If I can’t have Cruiser, I can have his best friend. (This doesn’t mean I am…
Added by Judi Daly on October 16, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Clicker Saves the Day
I approached a bunch of trainers with my problem, and I told them I was looking for a home for MerryLegs with someone who can train him through the bucking problem. Well, the horse gods were smiling at me, and I found one--and a good one, too. They specialize in training family/trail horses. The nice thing is…
Added by Judi Daly on October 15, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Wasn’t the beginning just like a fairy tale? We met and it seem like “love at first sight,” to me. I don’t know if that is how you felt, too, because you never did say. There were a lot of things you didn’t tell me. If only you were a better communicator; I think we may have worked things out. Yet, you were always one of so few…
MerryLegs Looking for a Home
I have decided that MerryLegs will not work for me. Even if I can find a trainer who can work out the bucking problem, I don’t think I can ever have the confidence to ride him, comfortably. I got hurt too bad—and I still haven’t entirely healed. I’ve had confidence issues in the past, so this isn’t anything new—but this one is too big for me.
I would love to return him to his previous owner--though it…
Added by Judi Daly on October 13, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
I have left everyone hanging. A lot has happened with the MerryLegs saga, and I posted it on my Blogger Blog, but not here. I will get you all up to date.
There was no way I could get back on MerryLegs’—the fear was too much, so I realized I had to get help. There is a very good trainer who works at the stables next to us. I contacted her, explained my situation and she agreed to help.
The big day came. It was 3 weeks after the…Continue
What a terribly emotional time this has been. The disappointment has been weighing on me, heavily. Not a few tears have been shed, and none of them caused by my physical pain. I was even doubting Mrs. Shoes. (Foolish, foolish me.) It didn’t help, that Kevin, always a cynic, was painting me a picture of a woman who just wanted to get rid of a horse—that she was hiding the fact that he had a bucking problem—just because she wanted to get rid of him. Though I…Continue
My 4th ride on MerryLegs went superb. We practiced our walk/whoa transitions, did some straight lines and he seemed to understand when I wanted to turn. Things were looking good.
On Saturday, I rode at a walk for about 15 minutes. I decided to ask for a trot. I tried the ride before, but he didn’t do it, and I didn’t push it. This time, I was more determined. I said the word, squeezed my legs, got nothing and continued to squeeze. Next thing I knew, I was flying through…Continue
Rides Two and Three
Totally uneventful. I didn’t have my number one assistant, Ellen, but Kevin did a fine job as number two assistant. He held MerryLegs for mounting and stood with us as we practiced standing quietly and walked by our side. He stayed with us the majority of ride #2, but I only had him help a little on ride #3.
We haven’t done much except practice “walk” and “whoa.” He only tried backing up a couple of times. We got stuck at a standstill…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on June 25, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
I wanted to do something special on my special day. I didn’t tell anybody, just in case I changed my mind. The conditions had to be right. It needed to be quiet at the barn, MerryLegs had to be in the right frame of mind and my gut had to say it was right.
I saddled and bridled the little guy and…Continue
Last night, Kevin and I were finally able to cross the river in at least a week. Both horses seemed excited to be doing something other than going up and down the hill. Unfortunately, we didn’t get very far before we were blocked by a tree across the trail. Dejectedly, we rode back. When we were nearly about to cross the river to go home, Kevin suggested turning around and doing it again.
At first, both horses didn’t want to go away from home, but with a little kick,…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on June 18, 2015 at 1:27pm — No Comments
Mrs. Shoes replied to my email. As I expected, MerryLegs was never a barn sour horse at his Canadian home. She described how she gentled him by touching him all over with the whip and the rope. This was excellent news. Since I planned to do it, too, it would just be a review of something he already knew. Evidently, everything I was experiencing was a new behavior, my theory was probably correct—and the good news—it isn’t very ingrained in his head. …Continue
Added by Judi Daly on June 16, 2015 at 3:45pm — No Comments
Trouble in Paradise
I have been having some trouble with MerryLegs. It all started when he didn’t want to walk out to the loop. I don’t know what caused him to feel that way, but I couldn’t get him budged without a struggle. That was the beginning. It began to spread. Soon, he didn’t want to walk away from the barn, down the driveway, down the street and eventually, he didn’t want to go out the barn door. At one point, he didn’t want to go in the barn, either. Ellen…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on June 15, 2015 at 2:14pm — No Comments
Friday evening found me struggling with MerryLegs. He didn’t want to go out of the barn, he didn’t want to walk on the street, he didn’t want to walk back to the loop, he didn’t want to go around the first corner of the loop, he didn’t want to go into the indoor arena… He wore me out. He would either plant his feet or go backwards. …Continue
Added by Judi Daly on June 8, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments