Akeem with pictures and a video!

Lesson went well. I was fortunate enough to have a week of good weather, which allowed me for once to exercise him 3 times between the lessons. Oh baby he is definitely cleaning up nicely but we are still MILES from presentable. I am even riding like poo. Excuse that, should say POOPOO. Anyways, so he still tosses his head some, considerably less than it was and he is moving a lot better in a more balanced manner. At one time I could have sworn he might have been swimming. Shrinking and growing my circles to make him more relaxed and connected to the reins was the exercise of the day but the crowning achievement was a canter depart without ANY bucking or getting so riled up that we appear to be racing. He is still rather quick *cough* possibly an understatement, however, another exercise besides spirals is making him adjustable in his tempos and more responsive. We were doing this through simply collection and extension work. Through the typical means of me using my posting which really was sweet.

The video and pictures are luckily not the best of his work from the lesson. But I don't want to only show the best. I want to show the overall mess. :D

Monday, March 22, 2010

First Show of the Year

First show was March 6th and 7th.
I started off in the wrong mood. I was so bummed and intimidated due to the fact that I am a professional level. There are people in that level that should use my face to mop the floor, simply put. Also, I had time to think while I was sitting by the gate to go in. DJ and I, in such a level, true it is a schooling show but really, against women who have done this their entire lives? OH NO! I didn't do well. I defeated myself. One 6 out of 7 and then undersaddle I took last place.
Sunday, I changed my perception. I wasn't going to go waste my money, I wasn't going to go be beat by myself and the course. This time I also added and add back so that I had the ability to get on course lock up because "HOLY BANANAS BATMAN I AM SHOWING AGAIN." I still did well, 4th. Then I did my second hunter...3rd...that is right 3rd. Woot Woot.

Now I need to think after my jumps about my after jump not my next jump. I could of held deeper corners, and for the love of Deej, I need to learn to stay balanced in the middle or outside of my saddle to get my flying changes. They shouldn't be so hard, cause I can get them but noooo, I cross cantered a majority of my course. GAH. Oh well the next time I will get my flys, because I will think about my path more, and I will do better.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Week of the Horse.

This weekend was the first horse trial held at the Texas Rose HP, which is absolutely great news. It felt as if it went from smooth and the reviews seemed very good from what little I heard. It also made me pumped. it was very very busy so let's start form the top:
Lesson on Akeem was really rally great. He was softening through the bottom and balancing out. He did his straightening exercises phenomenally for him. He was less distracted by activities outside the arena (not saying he wasn't at all). He was on a circle making it larger and smaller, not leg yields just following the leg pressures and aide hints. He needs to relax and be focused on things so detailed lessons. He tosses his head and throws a fuss if I don't stay aware of his tiredness.

Saturday, my leg was throbbing. But the event was going smooth. I helped trained a lady to be ring steward and then moved on to making sure everything was managed on the grounds and people taken care of. Then collapsed the dressage arenas.

Sunday - cross country. Our course has never been ran before till this day. It was wonderful, everything smooth, only a couple of falls, and few refusals. People loved the rolling hills, natural fixed obstacles, and variety of lighting. Got to keep my leg up too :D
I learned instead of working a show this coming weekend that I am instead showing. I AM NERVOUS. SCARED. FREAKING OUT IN A WAY. But I am excited in a great way. I truly adore DJ and think she will be great.

Monday - farrier. Annie was suppose to come with but that didn't happen. She loaded up nicely, and everything was all good. It was all good then the herd rioted. Threw a fit! And she flew out and wasn't sure about getting in it after that.
Tuesday - clean all my tack
Wednesday - going to do lesson RIDE JUMP RIDE RIDE
Thursday -pack everything
Saturday - Show
Sunday -Show
Monday- cry ;)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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