Spring Break Monday

While the first two days of Spring Break 2013 were a complete washout, Monday made it all worthwhile.

After getting some creative writing time in first thing, I vaccinated the horses and then lunged Sugar.  When we finished, I made sure to stretch her out (using treats, of course) and she did great, but kept bowing to get more treats.  I figured that would give her a good stretch too, so I made her bow.  When I tried to let her out of her stall, she wouldn’t leave – she kept bowing.  I was laughing so hard I could barely stand, so I man-handled her out of her stall and once safely outside, I had her bow for treats a few more times.

Ashley came out to give me another lesson with Kobi.  I told her about the Western Dressage shows in Green Cove Springs and the possibility of showing this fall.  True to form, she worked us until we were dripping with sweat!  She was pleased with our progress, but my new worklist includes getting Kobi to have some energy when he moves (ie, while the western pleasure jog is nice, it’s not for dressage) and he needs to move with enough energy where his back hooves track in his front prints.  I also need to work on his canter departures – keep him from throwing his head up (which he seems to do more when he’s excited!), and focus more on my diagonals.  I’ll be honest – I haven’t focused on those for awhile, just posted when I needed to and didn’t switch when we changed directions.  If I plan to show again, I need to get my act together (and the amazing thing is when I did ride ‘correctly’, I think it helped Kobi set himself up….hmmm)

I’m wiped out now, but can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds!  I love Spring Break!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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1 Response to Spring Break Monday

  1. Bonnie A. Holtz says:

    Thank you for the knowledge you are sharing about riding and horse bowing! That bowing part made me laugh!!!! Enjoy your spring break! While I am not on break, the grandkids are.Seven of them will come to color eggs and frost cut out cookies with me on Good Friday. I’ll have chili and grilled cheese with ice cream sundaes for lunch. Then at 5 is our tenabrae service at church, I sing, the kids and parents will attend. Some of the girls want to stay over and have breakfast, then to Tammy’s to hide the baskets for all and 500 candy eggs for the hunt on Sunday. I’ll prep for Easter lunch, then dinner with friends, then to bed, singing in 2 services in the morning. So, that in a nutshell is my week-end. I wish you a very Blessed Easter, my dear. Take care and have a great day! Love Aunt Bonnie


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