Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Coming Along Nicely

Lulu suffered a minor eye injury late last week and had to take a few days off to recover. Just a small scratch, probably from itching on a tree or getting something stuck in her eye and rubbing it. Anyways, she is all better now and back to work. On Monday I rode her for over an hour focusing on a consistent jog and collection. 

While she was sore on Tuesday, she still gave me another good ride. I rode her during one of Heather's lessons so she could ride with another horse. She was very well behaved and while interested in the other horse, was a perfect angel. I decided today to start her canter. My big concern was after getting such a nice jog out of her that she would try to rush and run out again all the time after letting her have some speed. So I decided to start small, I asked for just a few steps of canter, then brought her back to the jog asking her to stay slow and steady several times around the arena then ask for a few steps of canter again, back to jog. Wash, Rinse, Repeat, and TA DA! She got it. After doing exactly what I was sure would happen (get really excited when I introduced more speed) she learned to quickly come back to me. I gave her big rewards for doing the canter but also rewarded her settling back into the jog after. I can't say enough about this horse. Really a good, smart girl. I had Markie ride her some after I was done so I could get some good pics and video of her....or at least the best you can with your iphone!

Speaking of coming along nicely, Faith has been working hard getting ready for our first show this season on April 23rd. Her and Chip are doing great and have shown lots of improvement the last couple of weeks. They should be a force to be reckoned with this year! She is going to ride again tomorrow and I'm going to try to remember to bring the good camera for good pics and video.

Big Tuna!

Chuck and Faith often argue over whose kitty Tuna really is, but I thought I should introduce him to everyone. Big Tuna (his formal name, named from one of our fave shows The Office) was suppose to be a barn/farm cat. He was part of a litter given birth by a stray mommy cat. We found homes for all the kittens, with agreements they get spayed/neutered, for all but two of the kittens which were suppose to live on the farm. Tuna and NumNum lived there happily until their mom passed away. They frantically were looking for her and began wandering, often near the road. Scared they would be injured or killed, Heather and I decided to take them home until we felt they were old enough to come back to the farm. Heather took Num and I took Tuna. Tuna and Num quickly became part of their families and the husbands informed us they would not be returning to the farm. So they each have taken up residence and Tuna officially has been running our home ever since. He is a great kitty, the kids can lug him around anywhere and he never bites or scratches, and he is quite the cuddle muffin!

Monday Rain Out

We were able to get about 30 minutes of our Rail work clinic in before the skies opened up on us. The thunder started rumbling in the distance and everyone safely dismounted....just in time! Super winds ripped through just after and blew chairs, cups, and just about anything else not strapped down all through the fields. We rushed to get the horses untacked as it started to pour down on us. Despite the bad weather, all the horses and ponies were super well behaved and everyone in the clinic was doing great. We have rescheduled for Monday the 18th and all who came may come again for the full hour, and any who were scared away by the weather are welcome to join us!

I Haven't Forgot

I swear, I haven't forgot about my blog! I've just been super busy and have struggled to find time to sit down and write. I have several in the works and I promise I'll get at least one out tonight. Hang in there folks!