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Woops… It’s been like two months since I’ve actually posted on here.

Anyways, I’m still riding Warren! We’ve had a lot of improvement in the past two months. I’d been riding him mostly English, but I have switched back to western for the next few months! We’re doing group lessons together in main with my trainer, and it has been going very well! Warren has become a lot more responsive to me without trying to buck or get out of work. He has gained some weight and you can’t really see his ribs anymore, and his back is slowly starting to get stronger! Besides that, nothing much has happened in the horse world. I’ll try to remember to post on Saturday about our lesson and become more active on here again ūüôā

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What’s Been Going On

Haha sorry this is such a poorly written post.

I realized that I haven’t posted in quite a while, so I decided to keep you guys updated on what’s been going on.

Nothing much has happened since my last post. I’ve still been taking lessons with Warren and my trainer, and we’ve been working on getting him onto contact without leaning on the bit, as well as keeping him balanced. The most interesting thing that happened was Warren running out of the main arena, down the hill, and kicking, trying to get out of work.

I did a simple bareback trail around the ranch last week, and the pony was a lot happier! He didn’t make any attempts to bite me at all, unlike the week before.

I’ve also just begun summer camp! For the next two weeks, I will be spending practically every day at the ranch. I’m taking an advanced camp with Ivana, and so far, it’s turning out to be really fun! We vaulted in the morning, and went straight into vaulting at the trot instead of learning all the compulsories at the walk then trot. We had to do two moves on the back (one facing forward and one facing backward) and one on the neck. Everything went smoothly until I was getting off the neck and sliding onto the back, since the surcingle wasn’t put on tight enough and everything, including the pads, slid and pushed me off the horse.

We rode after, and I was put on a mare that liked to walk away at first, Kahula. Our camp  just walked, did some posting trot and trotting in two point, before switching horses a few times for the counselor to see how we did with the different horses.

We got assigned our camp horses by the afternoon ride, meaning the horses we were told to ride will most likely end up being our horse for the two weeks of camp. I was given a tall chestnut horse, Utah, for camp. We basically did the same thing in our afternoon ride without changing horses, plus some work on getting them to do a bigger trot on two sides of the arena and a slow western jog on the other two sides of the arena.

 

I may post more about camp tomorrow, though I may not if nothing very exciting happens. I’m really glad to be riding in the advanced camp where we get to do more!

 

Update on the Past Few Weeks

I haven’t been writing posts.

At All.

And I haven’t been doing Just Horsin’ Around. I haven’t gotten any pictures recently.

But I wanted to update you how lessons have been going for me the past few weeks.

Two weeks ago, I rode Pedro again. We did some stirrupless work, including posting without stirrups. We also practiced one-rein emergency stops using the whole arena. We were to lope our horses fast in an “out of control” way (which Pedro actually did not do, even though he normally does when using the entire arena), and walk them using the one-rein stop.

Last week, we got to choose our horses and I chose to ride Corona to see what he was like being ridden in the arena. We worked a lot on control, doing exercises with posting the trot, halting, walking, two point at the trot, sitting trot, and loping in random order so the horses could not anticipate anything.

Today, I had an interesting class. I chose to ride Cisco since I hadn’t ridden him in a while. We warmed up and trotted around, Cisco trotting faster than the rest of the horses in the class (typical). We did some turning on the forehand, where we halted and reversed directions. We then did circles at the walk, reversing directions at the walk by using turns on the forehand. We also worked on the same things at the trot. The last thing we did was lope. Everybody walked on the inside of the arena while one person would lope on the outside, using the inside leg to keep the horse balanced at the corners. On my turn, Cisco bolted off and I worked on steering him and slowing him down to a decent speed. When loping in the other direction, we used the entire arena and loped two at a time on the inside of the arena. Cisco got excited and I had to lope him in a smaller circle. Kat had me spiral him until he calmed down and walked. Cisco refused to walk though, until he was almost doing a pirouette at the canter. Maybe he should be a Dressage horse.

I have some news coming next week which I will definitely post about, so remember to check out this page again next week!

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Asia

Okay.

I really have been disappearing a lot, haven’t I?

Well, I’ve been traveling. In Asia. I haven’t ridden since the fourteenth of December, when I rode Jetta (Jetta would do little “pain” kicks whenever we cantered, but the lesson was fairly good).

I will be starting riding again soon, on the eleventh of January. I’ll write to you then, after my lesson!

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