Saturday, May 3, 2014

Hope springs eternal

I cantered Mystyc today. 
It wasn't pretty, but it wasn't scary either.
After my ride, I let James cool her out.  
There was a mildly scary moment right at the beginning, but they both settled down and did fine. 
We went home, turned on the tv and settled in to watch our pick, California Chrome, easily win the Kentucky Derby. 
HRTV photo
It's just been a good day all around.  Mystyc is going so well, and who knows?  Maybe we'll have a Triple Crown winner this year.  Today everything seems possible.

10 comments:

  1. Believe it or not I know the feeling. Enjoy!

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  2. I always felt it was scary when my kids were in the saddle and their horse acted up. Even things that were minor, or that they knew how to handle.. my heart would jump. I think if you are a rider-mama, and know horses, it can be difficult to let your children pursue their own horsey passions!

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    1. James isn't an especially good rider, but he's not afraid of anything. He's very relaxed up there, and most horses seem to like him. Mystyc hasn't been ridden by very many people, so her first reaction was to hollow out and GO. James handled it well (no nerves) and then Mystyc settled down nicely. If I had access to a nice beginner horse, I think it would be pretty easy to turn James into a real rider.

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  3. I think I really did know that California Chrome would win, but I still really wanted Wicked Strong to win. Wicked Strong is such a pretty boy and I've always liked they guys in the middle - No guarantee on winning, but it is possible.

    Also, I've got a horseback riding question. My horse really swings his head when he canters and I feel like it's more so than most. When I see him canter he's REALLY rocking. When I'm trying to keep the reins tighter to steer, I end up pulling, yet when I loosen them, they're flopping around. I'd rather have them flopping than pulling, but am I not sitting right or rocking right? Or is it something with my horse? I want to say it's me, but I really don't know what it is.

    Thanks in advance!

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    1. I wish I could offer you some good suggestions, but it's really hard to diagnose a riding problem without seeing it in person. Mystyc has cantering issues, too, which is why I haven't been cantering her. In her case, the same issues were present in the walk and trot, so I've been concentrating my efforts there. Now that those gaits are feeling much more solid, I'm starting to add in the canter again. I guess that's the only advice I have. There's never any harm in taking a step back and working on the basics for a while. Good luck!

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    2. Alright, thank you! That actually does help quite a bit!

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  4. glad your having a FANTASTIC day Jennifer!! To Devon : it could be either you or your horse... horse- he could be just still young, or have stride issues or old injuries you- you could just be afraid of him acting up. you probably ride him with the fear of him misbehaving, and that fear then goes and travels to him, because your scared from a past incident. Here's some tips to help you when ride: 1. ease up (relax)-like I said, if you are tense your knows it, and he CAN feel it. always remember...your on literally the best spot on earth, your horse!!! if you are happy, so will your animal, too. if you are scared, so is your horse, which IS NOT PRETTY. 2. concentrate- if you are not doing something right, than that could be it. ask yourself these Q's: -am I looking forward? look up - am I sitting softly? feel it -am I so concentrated that I could count the strides? know it -do I have a course planned ahead of time? plan it - can I identify what problems there are? fix it -am i nice and relaxed, am i stiff, or loose-you know this by seeing it through your horse. -do I pound on his back? because that hurts. after you have asked your self these Q's, and may have fixed them, focus on your horse if it is not you. get the glitch out of him, but remember, it may not be the horse's fault, so always check you!!!!! (PS: I would have posted a comment similar to this, but I had gotten SOOOO aggravated when I had typed this long thing and it had suddenly erased, so I would not kill the laptop!!!!) PSS: please reply back if you read this!!! ;D ~megan m. ,FL

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    1. Thank you so much! I know what you mean about the whole "Be relaxed and your horse will be too". I've had incidents with other horses! But yeah, I am pretty happy with my horsey, no fear, but I will try with the concentrating on strides, looing up and pounding on his back. I've never really thought of that last one, though. I think the problem is he used to be a lesson horse and he may have picked up some habits that most young riders let him get away with. He has done that MANY times - trying to get away with things. He's very smart. I'll try to work on all of this and eventually it may pass. We'll see! Thank you again!

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  5. Do you like ''breyer horses?', or am I the only one out there?

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    1. I think it's safe to say that everyone who reads this blog (not counting my mom and my best friend) likes Breyer horses!

      :)

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