Kasane had her first real ride today

Sylvana, an awesome natural horse trainer (and mentor), met me at the barn after work to help me with Kasane. Sylvana and Chris, the barn owner, have given me tips and suggestions for working with young horses using natural horsemanship methods. I’ve always done traditional training methods and always enjoy learning new techniques and methods.

Sylvana watched me work Kasane. The Bay Wonder Mare Junior was frisky at first: she bucked at me a few times when I asked her for a canter with the saddle on. I had to get after her so she realized it was easier to do what I asked then bucking towards me.

Sylvana showed me some new ground work to try with Kasane, including encouraging her to give to pressure on her nose so she would arch her neck when asked to back (instead of bracing against the pressure). Kasane picked it up immediately. When she backs and she is doing it properly, her entire frame rounds and looks like her back lifts and she glides back (instead of looking stiff). Such a smart girl.

Back at the barn

After over a week of being away from the barn, I finally got back out there on Sunday. Sunday morning I realized just how much stress I’d been living with because I felt shaky and off kilter. The best solution when I feel like that is to go to the Read more…

Moved. Finally.

For the past month, I’ve been packing and coordinating a move. Finally finished the move on Friday, cleaned like mad on Saturday, and turning in the keys to the old apartment on Sunday morning. I used a moving company for the first time: Trosa Moving. These guys were great. It Read more…

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-25

  • Have moved into new apartment. Have box city to unpack. Am rebelling and watching Time of Angels. #
  • Stuff is moved. Now it is time to clean my old place…Arg. All I want to do is go to the barn… #
  • Got the keys to the new place. Now the fun begins… #
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  • I think things are mostly packed. Bathroom curtain tomorrow. And that is it. I am beat. #
  • Have help for tomorrow! Yay! Having an uncle and aunt nearby rules. 🙂 #
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Lessons from riding

I’ve had a riding lesson for the past two Saturdays. It has been a roller coaster where my riding skills fluctuated from newbie to advanced.

Had my skills degraded? Muscle tone wasn’t as good as it had been in 2008 when we were able to ride more. In 2009, riding time was minimized due to Isis’ and my medical issues. Even though it was hard to ride when Isis tripped several times every ride, we figured out how to compensate for it. Finding out the EPM was responsible for the majority of her tripping was both a relief and a sadness. Every time Isis and I made progress, something devastating happened and we were pushed back.

This year would be different. Nerve damage takes 1-5 years to heal and horses recovering from EPM have to be kept low-stress. This is an opportunity to improve without any pressure from shows or clinics. New year, new improvements. I went to Weight Watchers to lose the weight I had gained (ever seen how form fitting riding pants are?). My exercise program is largely based around riding and work horses.

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.NET, Windows XP woes

I’m having to use the Winddow XP virtual machine on the Mac to do character updates for gaming tonight. Stupid fucking Windows keeps asking if I want to reboot. It’s downloading updates in the background even though that was turned off. I get so aggravated with Windows. It’s amazing how Read more…