Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Maintaining gait on the 45ft line at the walk trot and canter
With rhythm, relaxation and contact, Sienna will happily maintain gait for 6-10 laps. A different story about 5 months ago when she would come in after 2-3 laps
Weaving cones with the 45ft rope
it was the first time that we had done this on the 45ft rope and Sienna did great. Prior Preparation is the best!
Mounting from the fence
Sienna blew my mind yesterday when mounting her from the fence. She has no problem side passing over to me when I ask her, but yesterday she offered it. It was like she said: "Here you go mum, get on" – It was AMAZING!! – I gasped so loud that Molly looked over to see what had happened, I must have had the biggest grin on my face :0)
Jumping with Savvy
I haven’t really jumped a horse since I was young and even though I have wanted to try it, now that I’m older it’s a little scary, but yesterday Molly really helped me with this. While riding Sienna bareback and playing the pushing passenger game, Molly led Sienna at the walk and trot over a pole so I could concentrate on what my body was doing and where to put my focus. It was an awesome session and a bit of an eye opener – FOCUS IS VERY IMPORTANT! :0) – It was an awesome session and next time we are going to do the same thing only set up a small jump, I’m so excited about it. Watch out this time next year, I’ll be jumping barrels!!! :0)
Point to Point
Again Sienna blew my mind with this. She has a really hard time walking in a straight line (apparently get's it from her Dam), so we do a lot of Point-to-Point and Tit-for-Tat. Just going from one side of the arena to the other I would normally have to correct about 10 – 15 times. Yesterday it took about 6-7 to start with, but on the last pass there were NO CORRECTIONS!!! Woo Hoo – at that point I called it a day, I LOVE my pony :0)
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Sienna and I continue to have fun in the snow whenever we can. We started playing with our new 22ft Feather lines. When I drive her with the two 22ft lead ropes, I think there is room for forgiveness, but with the feather lines, it seems to be about how little you have to do to ask a question. It only seems to take a light touch to have a more enhanced level of contact. There was a lot of over-steering on my part at the beginning, but after a while we were in sync and it felt great. You can see some more pictures here.
After our driving session, I climbed up on her bareback and very promptly fell off her for the first time ever..........well I would call it more of a slide :0). We were riding around and something spooked her, now her spooks aren't that big, she just took a leap sideways, but it was enough to start that slide in motion. I remember feeling like it was happening in slow motion and it got to the point where I couldn't save myself, so I swung my arms around her neck and linked my fingers together, then I did this very slow and graceful slide under her neck, at which point my fingers came unlocked and I landed on my butt. Sienna was looking at me as if to say: "how did you end up down there?".