Monthly Archives: January 2013

Finally a weekend of beautiful weather!

Finally, just when I had just had it with the cold, dreary, rainy weather we’ve had ever since the first of the year, we got a beautiful weekend and my batteries are recharged.

We planted some trees we’ve been watering for TWO YEARS in pots behind the barn. I bought them just before the first year of the drought to plant in our pasture, and we could not plant them either due to the drought or the ground as so hard we couldn’t even dig a hole.

I rode Fling both days and Faeryn yesterday and Faxx today. Faxx was the star of the weekend. This year, ‘boot camp’ starts for him. He’s been coasting along on his good looks and now it’s time for him to work harder and be ready to show second level by summer. It’s partially my fault that I coddled him. He was so mentally immature and could not take any kind of training pressure for the first few years under saddle. Very different than my mares. And taking contact as an issue and I was reluctant to ask him to do anything to upset that apple cart. However, the contact issue seems to be solved, he’s matured so much and I think he’s ready for the challenge.

So today I did a lot of ‘head to the wall’ leg yielding since he is having a really hard time bending to the right – haunches in is just about impossible, and his right half pass is nonexistant – although his left one is almost show ready.

The other thing he needs to master is canter walk and walk canter. He got some really good walk/canter. The canter walk will be the last thing to come. Fortunately, his shoulder-in is really good both directions and renvers is getting there. Ten meter trot and canter circles are not difficult for him. His canter is super balanced. We also need to develop more strength so he can do a true medium trot and canter. He can sort of ‘cheat’ because he is so big, I can get his gaits bigger – but he needs to carry more behind.

Now really hoping for some more beautiful weekends – and longer days during the week – so all my horses can move forward. this past year I feel like Faeryn and Faxx have moved backwards due to my job and parental commitments. Only Fling has advanced this past year – and not as much as I had hoped.

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New trailer, Faeryn dumps me, and first show of the year

I picked up my NEW new trailer (as I am calling it!) on Dec. 22. A great late birthday and early Christmas present. Thrilled that I ended up getting the trailer I really wanted in the first place. I hauled Faeryn and a friend’s horse to Jack  Brooks park the next day and I could not make it sway. And the dealer took the grids I’d had installed in the original trailer and moved them to this trailer, and put all my ‘stuff’ back right where it had been in the other trailer. I’m thrilled with the new trailer and it pulls really well.

Last Sunday, Faeryn dumped me for the first time since she was newly under saddle. (she will turn 8 next June.) She wasn’t being naughty – we just had a miscommunication about which way she was going to go around a fiberglass post that marks ‘letters’ in my pasture ‘arena.’ She ended up jumping OVER the post and I got unseated and tumbled off over her right shoulder. I landed on my butt and apparently tore some muscles because a week later, it really hurts, especially when I am on my feet or walking for any length of time. Trying to remember to take NAISDs on a regular basis since that helps. 

And of course, I’d entered Faxx in an Arabian show for this weekend. Fortunately I could opt out of the second day of the show since I had not yet entered classes for the second day. But just the normal walking around and standing required at a show just about did me in. And I could not show him in hand myself – but fortunately found an experienced friend who volunteered to do it for me. He got second in both his in hand classes. He was so bored with it all he refused to show his ‘good’ trot. We won both of our sport horse under saddle classes. I opted to not show in the SHUS Chamionship class because it was the last class of the day and Faxx hasn’t been ridden enough to be in really good shape.

We got spoiled by the drought the last few years and we are having a more typical Houston January – wet and dreary.