06.09.06: Painted Ponies

Yesterday began like any other, except it was cooler and I helped out the other girls and mucked 2 1/2 pens. That’s a lotta work, though FAR easier than mucking out a stall bedded with sawdust. UGH.

We began with Remudas, where I finally made it to group 1 around the fire pit with Jesse. It was pretty good, though I find myself looking on the people have only just arrived with slight distaste and distrust. Since they haven't had the extensive background that we got in the last 2 weeks they don't see things that we just took a lot of time to learn. I'm thankful I got the first course, even though the riding is what I can really use.

We came in to listen to Tina talking about posture after that. It was highly enlightening to see things and how easily a horse's body could change due to poor saddle fit, and a rider riding poorly on top of that. They even had before and after pictures of Remmer, which was amazing to see.

We headed outside after the lecture to do some posture and fluidity studies. It again made me aware of just how poorly I move, which frustrates me to no end. It will begin to affect the horse if I don't get it fixed or at least start working on it. We also did some crawling around on the ground to see about how rounding your back makes it easier to move around, versus hollowing your back so that you can't move at all. Then we worked with a partner and studied how the rider's position affected the horse by sitting on each other in a “poor position” versus the correct position. It was incredible at how much it really works and when the rider is correct even kneeling it makes you want to move. On the other hand, when the rider is incorrect, it simply makes you want to dump them off. It’s easy to understand why horses drop their shoulders and dump riders going over jumps.

We finished with that and headed into the Coverall so that Tina could go over with us to analyze a couple horses to learn to see the posture problems within the horse. It was amazing to see the places where the horses have a problem, and learn to understand what causes them. She went over a horse with us, and then brought in another horse so that we could tell her where things were wrong and practice seeing it.

It was finally lunch and we ate in a hurry then headed up to begin working on measuring our horses, and checking them out for the posture issues. It came easier than I thought, and we worked in groups to help analyze each one. Lacy and I gave others a hand and had fun helping to paint their horses up.

Of course we couldn't play with cattle markers without a little bit of fun, too!! :)
I pulled Roscoe out for a while and worked him for a bit on a hill trotting and doing transactions. The wind was kicking up and he was being really lively. Lacy brought Sweet Potatoe over and we played the carousel circling game and passed each of the horses to each other around our backs as the circled around us. It was pretty fun though both horses were being goofy.

I worked with him for a while after that; he was being super sensitive which was pretty cool. We finally settled down as I was beginning to get cold in the whipping breeze that was threatening rain along with it (though it never did, which is rather unusual for here). I fed Roscoe and put him away for the evening and went to get a hot shower.

The shower turned out to not be as pleasant as I hoped. For some reason there was hardly any water pressure, and the water was hotter than it should have been, but I was still cold because there wasn't enough water coming out... Complicated...

Dinner was alright, though I ended up making toast with cheese and bacon bits on it to add to the meal since it was pepper steak and mushy vegetables. They saved the meal with someone's birthday cake, so it was alright. After dinner we took the horses down to the Coverall to mark them over, but the light was falling too fast for us to finish, so I'll get Roscoe all painted this morning before class.

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