What we do when we can’t Cross the River
My sister and I took a 4-day weekend off from work to get some trail riding in. Just like the one we tried a few weeks previous, we couldn’t cross the river the first 3 days. That meant doing the hill leading to the river with Cruiser and Ranger and working Cole in the arena.
Having Ellen watch me and Cole during our rides was very helpful. She gave me all kinds of good advice, and she took video with her…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on September 30, 2011 at 1:26pm — No Comments
My sister and I took a 4-day weekend off from work to get some trail riding in. Just like the one we tried a few weeks ago, we couldn’t cross the river the first 3 days. That meant doing the hill leading to the river with Cruiser and Ranger and working Cole in the arena.
It is great to have eyes on the ground to watch me ride—even better when she can take video. Cole was trotting very curled up and behind the bit, a lot. There was a lot of tail swishing going on, too, which is…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on September 26, 2011 at 3:26pm — No Comments
Tackling the Arena
I am riding Cole all over the place on the trail—walking, trotting and cantering, but I still felt nervous in the arena. Now, it didn’t help that I only rode him in there a couple times a week. It was the same old problem—the far end just got me nervous. That didn’t mean I didn’t go over there—I did, but I didn’t enjoy it. It distracted me. It didn’t help that…Continue
Motivation – Why Do you Ride?
I have started rereading “In Search of Your Image – A Practical Guide to the Mental and Spiritual Aspects of Horsemanship” by Jill Keiser Hassler. I bought the book a number of years ago, and found it too spiritual for me. Times change, and so did I. My life is different, and now the book seems so much more relevant.…Continue
On the Road to the Canter
Cantering Cole has been tough for me, but it’s my own fault. I never taught him to canter on the lounge line before I started riding him—or for that matter—all winter when I was lounging him before I rode him. I have to confess, part of the problem is I don’t like lounging. I see nothing wrong with it, but my time is limited and I prefer riding. Once I…Continue
Don’t get excited. It really wasn’t a big deal. One morning, we found out there was a horse show at the public show ring. Since we were planning to ride up there, anyway, we thought we would expose Cole to some of the excitement.
We rode all around the back trails behind the showground, like we usually do. This gave him a chance to get acquainted with the loud speaker blaring.
We then rode to the show grounds and stood on the outskirts…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on September 19, 2011 at 4:40pm — No Comments