horsescarsanddykesohmy:

Pony-A-Day 7
4/7/14

horsescarsanddykesohmy:

Pony-A-Day 7

4/7/14

Just updated my “About Me” and all my horses’ pages.

It was loooooong overdue. 
Check it out and let me know how it looks? 

horsesequalsmiles:

Trust won’t save you if a plastic bag comes rolling by.

The Queen, 87, was seen riding her pony, Carltonlima Emma, in Windsor yesterday.

nerdygirlnoodles:

joshmosh415:

I can never stop posting this. The narrow minded bible fanatics that just look at one small thing in the bible then feed the world with their hate over it. At the same time they ignore all the other silly laws made by man they claimed were made by god. These gif’s say it all.

REBLOG EVERY TIME

Rosey has been pretty good the past couple of rides :) 

Sunday we did a short ride. Warmed up W/T/C both directions, and practiced a couple of canter transitions to the right. We popped over the x-rail a few times going to the left. Because of slippery footing on one side, and deep footing on the other we had to approach it at an angle. Luckily Rosey will jump anything from any angle so this has never been an issue. I had to work on really sitting up and waiting for the jump. 

I cantered her at the vertical a couple of times too and she did a really great job. We were mostly taking deep spots (my fault, I just was having a hard time with my strides) but she did a great job getting up and over the jump. We went to the right and took the x-rail at an angle again. She landed in a lovely canter, so I sat her up and kept my leg on and did a rollback to the vertical. She took it beautifully so I called it a night. 

(please excuse my eq in this photo… She really rounded her back up over this jump and it took me by surprise.)

Today she started really wound up. I carried a crop because last time I rode she just wouldn’t get off my leg. I don’t even have to touch her with the crop, I just have to carry it, but she went to the other extreme. She was super super forward and not wanting to settle down. I ended up using a lot of leg to push her into my hands for the half-halts, and this seemed to help. We had to go back and do some downward transitions too in order to get her brakes back. I also did a few canter transitions to the right and ended up with one really nice one, but I didn’t want to make the canter the focus of our ride so we moved on.

We worked on a couple of grids. First was a smaller one for warm-up. X-rail (one stride) Cavalletti (one stride) X-rail. 

She hesitated a little and stuttered through it the first time, but after that she was golden. I had to focus on really sitting deep and not getting ahead of her, and pushing my heels down through the entire grid. It actually felt pretty good and was nice to be able to work on myself as well as her. 

Then we moved up to the “big” grid. The “big” grid was X-rail (one stride) Cavalletti (one stride) 2’3” Vertical:

We trotted in a handful of times and then cantered in. She was fantastic and she really seemed to enjoy the grids. I’m hoping to put a flat ride on her next. Thursday the vet comes out, so I probably won’t get to ride, so I’m aiming for Friday. Hopefully the “good ride” trend will continue!! 

the-eventing-appy:

So I know I’ve been SUPER terrible about posting on here… Sorry about that… 

Two rides ago we worked on more stretching and suppling. He did better that time (less head shaking) and we had some really nice moments. He didn’t throw any bucks and generally was really well behaved. On Sunday I lunged him. I’ve been keeping him on a small circle so that it is harder for him to try to take off and drag me around the arena. We worked on transitions to keep him listening trot-walk, walk-halt, walk-trot. At the end we did a couple of canter circles each way and as long as I kept him on the small circle he was actually not too bad with pulling. 

Today I didn’t want to mess with the softening and suppling because he had worked on it the past couple rides, and done well with it, but I could tell it was hard for his pony brain and I wanted to give him a break. We started by working on maintaining a steady, not rushed tempo at both the walk and trot, on as long a rein as possible. He had a hard time at first; he just wanted to keep trotting around at high speed, so I had to throw a few 20m circles in there to help rebalance him and slow him down. I had to really support him with my legs and push him towards my hands in order to use my half-halts fully. It took a few minutes, but he did it. 

Once he was trotting quietly both directions we worked on his canter transitions. To the left he was picking up the canter well but he didn’t want to sit up and balance himself. I worked on using lots of half-halts, along with strong support from my legs, and after a few tries we managed to get one full lap of canter around the arena. To the right was a little different. He had a very hard time picking up the correct lead. After several tries, when he finally was able to pick it up we cantered half a lap and called it good. I’ll be working on that more with him next ride for sure. 

After we worked on his canter we worked on a little baby grid that I had set up for him. All cavalletti height, so mostly I was just hoping to give him some exposure to things that looked like x-rails. My goal was to go straight through at a steady trot pace. He did GREAT and really seemed to enjoy it. He even popped over the last x-rail a couple of times. He did a really great job today. I’m really proud of him for how hard he has been working. 

Here is the baby grid:
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scarlettjane22:

Acres Of Time
american quarter horse stallion, a European leader in the discipline of cutting
@Vera Markova, Czech Republic

And THAT is what a Quarter Horse is supposed to look like! Damn!! 

scarlettjane22:

Acres Of Time

american quarter horse stallion, a European leader in the discipline of cutting

@Vera Markova, Czech Republic

And THAT is what a Quarter Horse is supposed to look like! Damn!! 

winterstormathena:

if you don’t think mules are the absolute coolest, heres 20 mules pulling a wagon train and hopping over their chains without guidance to properly pull the wagons. I hope that changed your mind. 

friggin’ love mules