06.09.12: Ride On

Yesterday started out lazy which was excellent. Remuda wasn't until 10, which gave us two weird hours to chill out. I got up at the mostly usual time and grabbed breakfast and then fed Roscoe. I went back up to the cabin to curl up in bed for a while more just because I could. It felt great. I couldn't sleep so I worked on my knitting for a little while. Finally I got up and started getting myself reorganized since there was stuff all over everywhere from the weekend. I also got the porch cleaned up from all the mud again.

I headed to remuda and was with John and we discussed the conference in detail, which was a lot of fun. Everyone had a wonderful time, and really enjoyed everything that went on. We also talked about the coming week and how things are going to work.

Following remuda we fixed the chairs in the lodge for class and then headed outside for a seat builder exercise. We were working on following the motion, controlling the motion and then stopping the motion with our bodies. It’s not very difficult to do, and it actually feels kinda good to work on. I could use extra time on it, but finding the people that want to help is the challenge. It requires four people all together to work on it.

We came back inside and Tina talked about Impulsion and how it affects horses, and how to handle it. We talked about whether a horse is short or long, meaning whether or not they go far, or don't go at all. Short horses need lots of straight lines, and long horses need circles. A horse can change from one to the other as well.

We finished that up and then headed back outside to do two more simulations. The first was working on our balance point. We paired up in groups of two, and the front person was the rider, the back the horse. The rider hollowed their back, and then the horse was able to push them forward. As soon as the rider returned to their balance point they were able to sit back and stop the impulsion of the horse. The second one the front person was the horse that ran away with the rider and the rider's job was to turn the horse until they stopped. It was a lot of fun to play around with them, though avoiding the mud was somewhat of a challenge.

Lunch came and went, and the cream of tomato soup had too much sugar in it, unfortunately. Other than that it was pretty good.

I headed out after lunch and fed Roscoe, and waited for ever and a day for him to finish eating. Once he was done I used the scraper and managed to get most of the mud off of him, or rather the one side of him. I hosed his feet off to make sure there was nothing hidden as well, and we were finally ready to get things together. I put the saddle on him there and then we began by walking up to the honeycomb in the playground.

I caught Kathy along the way to find out if the whither pad that I was using would be enough of a shim and not too much, and she said it was ok which made me feel better. I was not looking forward to trying to find something to make a shim out of.

I got into the honeycomb and began to warm him up very lightly. I didn't do much and wasn't too worried about it. I got up on him and rode with one rein for a while, and the carrot stick. After going through starts and stops for a while I got back down and warmed him up a bit more, some at liberty to have him canter. After that I hopped back up and began some trot work trying to work on my position. I wanted to work sufficiently today so that he became sweaty so I could find out if things were working out ok under the saddle.

Jesse came around and worked with me a bit while helping the little old man that got bucked off the first day we rode. It was nice to have someone around if I needed anything. He was very encouraging.

I finally wandered out of the honeycomb and was in the bigger ring for a while, which went pretty well. I decided to get out of there and we rode around the playground a bit doing point to points, which was ok. I think Roscoe will need some work on that though, which is not surprising.

I stopped to talk to Don on the way back up to check and see if there was a way to turn the stirrups out. Since it’s a synthetic saddle the stirrups won't stay perpendicular to the saddle which puts pressure on my knees. I got the saddle off of him and then headed back down to talk to Don since the sweat marks were minimal but uneven. Don was able to identify for me that there is an imbalance left to right, which he suggested could be that Roscoe carries his ribs to one side, but I explained that it is even more likely that it is me. There was also one dry spot within the wet spot, which Don said that I wasn't pedaling enough. How he knew that I'll never know, but I will have to be sure to work on getting rid of that.

I took Roscoe back up to his pen and gave him his dinner and then made my way to the lodge for dinner myself. I talked to Mom and Dad and they were supposed to swing by and pick me up so that we could go to the hot springs, but as it turned out they were late so we didn't have enough time. We walked up to the parking lot and then back down again chatting about the trip and things, which was nice. They showed me several things they bought in Durango when we arrived back at their car. They finally headed back to the hotel so that they could get things packed for their trip to Utah from here.

I came back in and found Lacy and Nic using my computer, and they tried to load the DVD thing and checked the wrong setting, so we couldn't get that figured out. Nic and I ended up sitting there for a while chatting and looking at pictures before we finally headed to crash.We'll see what today brings.

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