Sunday, February 20, 2011

Two Posts in a Day

It's been an awesome, awesome day.  After putting *Ben away it occured to me that if I am planning to use my English saddle on him, I had better get re-acquainted with it.  I've not sat in it for 3 years so I thought it best to get comfortable with it before getting on *Ben.  I prefer my Western saddles but neither of my saddles fit him well.

So for this project *Thunder was plucked from the field.  He lives with my other geldings *Sam and *Moon, and normally it is either one of them (or both) who go.  They met me at the gate with their usual self-advocating charm but I walked past them to collect *Thunder.  Now *Thunder's work ethic leaves much to be desired if he's left to his own devices for too long.  Mr. Trained-to-the-Hilt, been there/done that had no intentions of burning a calorie or cooperating today. I've owned this horse since 2002 and there is only one solid rule where he is concerned - if he's having a bad day, everyone is going to have a bad day.  I used to take a "cheer him up" approach but after that failed it became a matter of acknowledging his mood and then demonstrating that things could *and* would get much, much worse if he didn't tow the line.

It felt odd in that saddle.  Nice that there's way more padding under my seat bone that in my Westerns but it definitely felt weird to not be cradled like I am in the Western.  I'll keep at it and I am sure it will get back to being far more familiar to me than my Western saddles once were.  I rode for about 40 minutes - did lots of serpentines, figure 8's, worked on leg yielding and backing.  The ground was too greasy to trot - not to mention we are right at the perfect temperature where the horses are standing around and sweating!  Good enough for the first ride in unfamiliar tack.

After our ride I decided to tie him to the trailer as by then Tanya was saddling up *Moon in the cross ties in the barn.  Awesome idea as it gave *Thunder the chance to practice the art of untying the knot to free himself.  Another mental note: need to get all of the horses used to standing quietly while tied to the trailer.  It's been so long since I've hauled out for an event that I've forgotten how important some of these basic very tasks are.

Lynn
Homefire Curly Horses
Stirling, Ontario, Canada

8 comments:

  1. Lynn,

    Great picture of you on Thunder-I know exactly what you mean about some of the horses certain ideas and it almost seems like the been there done that ones feel as if they do not need to work anymore. Come spend a weekend with us to practice your English riding. You can head out on Lilly who is so comfortable that you will never go back to western.

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  2. Lynn, Zoe ain't kidding, boy is Lily ever comfy! Thunder looks TOTALLY handsome. Love his spotted butt! I get in moods when I'm a western rider and then flip flop to ride English for a spell. I think it's nice to change it up. I love your "self-advocating charm" description - that fits my Didder to a T! ;) -Susan in Maine

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  3. I forgot you rode Miss Sassie western this summer. You look great on Thunder today !! I like that photo :) good vibes there.

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  4. Thunder is such a handsome boy! I'm thinking about switching over to western. I've gotten to the point where I just want to sit back and relax on a nice, quiet, easy ride.

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  5. Wow Thunder looks so great! Good idea to get used to your english saddle again using a horse that knows it all. I love your description of Thunder by the way, so funny!

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  6. Thunder is the "moody mare" of geldings isn't he?! So full of himself yet oh so smart. Awesome to see you getting out with all of the horses so much!

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  7. I love that boy Lynn! I will have the same experience the other way round when I try a Western Saddle lol. Best Caren

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  8. Thunder's name totally fits him!!! What a beautiful curly!! Love his spots!

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