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Riding Journal

February 5, 2010

As mentioned before, I’m currently free lancing as an exercise rider and horse starter in order to get some supplementary income and get my horse fix. Since the ponies are a pretty big chunk of my life right now,and since I want to be one of those people that keeps a training journal…I figured I might as well write them here.

The cast of characters currently includes five beasties, but only three of which will be talked about with any regularity. The other two horses aren’t very challenging, and quite frankly, aren’t very interesting. Maybe I just haven’t clicked with them, but anyways, the other three warrant introductions….

Name have been changed to protect the innocent

Baby Baby- BB is a little QH gelding that is a true two year old. He’s everything a QH baby should be- stout, fuzzy, curious, and completely unflappable. I was the first one to ride him with a saddle and have been on about three times. He didn’t flinch at the saddle. Didn’t twitch when I got on. Barely flicked an ear when I asked him to move forward. He’s wonderful. We’ve been working on the idea of pressure and moving off the leg. Here’s a picture of BB’s first ride…not sure of why my foot is at eye level…

Pretty Baby- PB is best friends with BB. Not sure of her age, but she’s young. And pretty. And a pocket pony. She was a rescue and has been started but not worked with extensively. Thanks to a funky turned in foot and varying degrees of lameness, her training has been sporadic at best. She sound now though, so the challenge is getting her to develop a working mindset under saddle, while strengthening her weak side and without causing her to go lame. No picture of Ms. Pretty Baby.

Big Baby- Big Baby is six year old QH who acts like a three year old. Which is to say he acts like a twelve year old Thoroughbred. Anyways, Big Baby has a solid foundation but is a little ADD. He goes through the motions, but you can tell that his energy is focused everywhere but forward. He only pays enough attention to the rider to know that the rider wants to go faster or slower, this way or that way. His forte is the downward transition. He can go from a lope to a halt in a second if you so much as quiet your seat or stop pumping with your legs. He’s big, pretty, and athletic, so I’d like to get him a little more sensitive and a lot more focused. And here’s Mr. Oaf:

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