Wednesday, November 18, 2009

November 18

46 days boarded
30 days training

I know, I did a horrible job of keeping the blog updated these last few days. Everything has been so busy here, so I've just forgotten to get on here and post at the end of the day.. and its impossible for me to remember exactly what was done on each day, now.

For the most part though, I've been really working on refining her neck reining so that she'll go home good and solid with that. Her jog has finally slowed down for the most part, without much prompting. She's figured out what she's supposed to do and is a lot more consistent. Her canter, however, has been rough. She does not like to pick up her left lead, at all. It's been a bit of a struggle each day. She needs a lot of guidance.. her hind end really has to be pushed inside before she is cued, or she'll pick up the wrong lead. And she is -fast- this direction! Speedy speedy! Her right lead is much, much better. And she remains relaxed throughout. Her only issue this direction is not wanting to turn easily.. she wants to use the whole arena, even when asked to circle. But she is getting better!

Our ride today was good and bad. Her trot work was amazing. Her reining was flawless. But her canter work was a bit of a mess. By the end of the ride she had things figured out. But it was pretty tiring for both of us. And today officially marks 30 days! I'm very, very happy with how she did.

Yesterday Diana came to see her again, and got up for a ride as well! They did a lot better today, clicking much better than their first ride. It was good! Miami is putting the pieces together and realizing that its no different than what I'm asking her to do. I got two videos of them working together, and have permission from Diana to post them!

Friday, November 13, 2009

November 13

41 days boarded
26 days training

November 9 - Day Off
November 10 - Trained (Hard ride, canter focus)
November 11 - Miami sore, Diana visited
November 12 - Trained, Miami better

November 13 -
Miami was feeling completely better yesterday, and still fine today. She got used to sprinklers, today, since I had to water the arena before riding, it was getting pretty dusty. She shied away from it when it came her direction (when loose) but when I held her she stood and let it spray her.

The majority of the ride went well, walk and trot work today. Yesterday we did a lot of canter work again, so she got the day off from that.

She started to be a real brat near the end of the ride when I was asking her to do leg yields.. go figure, my cinch had broken and I had no idea. It was banging around and confusing her. What a good girl for not bolting!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

November 8

36 days boarded
22 days training

Once again I used the training curb on Miami today. She seems to like it.. her mouth is very sensitive, so it doesn't take much contact at all for her to get the hint about something. That's really helping in terms of riding on a loose rein. I can keep them lose, and barely touch them to give her a correction.

Again I did a lot of work one handed, lots of steering and stopping and yielding. She's really got the hang of it.

Trot work was good.. she can go farther without contact now.

And we did a lot of canter work today. She was extremely rushy. Going to the left wasn't too bad, and she really settled into it, and relaxed. Going to the right, though, she was a mess. She felt like she was thinking about blowing up on me, she bolted, refused to turn or slow down.. I just pushed her through it. When she got tired she started to listen. She got a small break and had to do it all over again. The second time was much better.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

November 7

35 days boarded
21 days training

Miami had the 'big girl' bit on for the entire ride today. I spent about thirty minutes just walking, and steering all over the arena. Completely one handed.

The entire ride was done with one hand. She's a fast learner, and is already doing so well with neck reining. Most of the time I can use only my hand (though I like to make a habit of using leg as well) but once in a while she does get a road block, so she's going to need a lot of leg reinforcement for a while until this is down pat.

Walk and trot, all one handed. Good job, Miami!

Friday, November 6, 2009

November 6

34 days boarded
20 days training

Today was a long day, since we had a sick horse at the barn. Everyone was distracted and it transferred over to Miami.

She did pretty good, considering. She had to work around another horse in the arena, who was being walked (colic).

The beginning of the ride went pretty well, but she was a bit rushy and heavy on my hands. I decided to change her bit half way through and see how she did with a training curb... she took it all in stride. I didn't ask her for a whole lot since it was her first time with it, but we did our normal walk, jog, yielding, and turning.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

November 5

33 days boarded
19 days training

Miami's mom came to see her today! She brought her own saddle and checked its fit on Miami, and I rode in it for the ride.

She was a bit speedy today, but her attitude was great. I did her initial warm up and training session, before Diana hopped on!

They both did great, and it was good to see them work together! With a bit of practice, they'll both be golden!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November 4

32 days boarded
18 days training

After time off, Miami was definitely energetic today. She ran me over when I tried to put her in a stall, and took off running when I started lunging her, completely ignoring me. When I got her stopped I simply took the lunge line off and let her run until she had it out of her system. She was sweaty before our ride even started.

I was worried that because of it, she'd be in a horrible mood, but we actually had a very nice ride. Her jog was amazing, she's doing a lot better at her leg yielding.. getting nicely set up for neck reining!
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