Very windy morning, but by the time I rode him in the afternoon it was merely breezy and in the upper 70s. We went for a solo hack to the terrace field and interspersed with walking and foxtrotting, we went up and down some terraces, one of them quite big. I think he had fun!
We went out for a walk hack with Jean and her horse during her lesson. Jean hadn’t ridden outside since last fall and she and her horse were a little on their toes. Shadow got to be the big brave one and he stepped right up, walking in a relaxed manner and leading the way. At the end of the lesson, as a treat for Jean, she was allowed to ride Shadow for a bit in the indoor. His foxtrot made her giggle and he was great. Very good day.
Finally, a break in the weather! We went for a hack with a student. He was a little goofy while we were riding in the indoor warming up while my student finished tacking, but he relaxed when I asked him to. Then the two of us went out for a mile and a half hack which went well.
Who: Beginner Novice and Novice Eventers, entry limit 20, so enter early!
What: Informal One Day Event, including dressage, xc and showjumping
Where: Walnut Creek, 54643 282nd street, Ames, IA
When: Saturday May 18th. Entry deadline noon on Wednesday May 15. Ride times will be posted Wednesday evening.
Why: An opportunity to practice your eventing competition skills. Braid if you want to practice it, wear your showclothes if you want to test run them. Unbraided and neat informal attire welcome as well.
Details: The purpose of this day is to allow riders to brush up for the eventing season by doing a run through of a horse trial in one day. Dressage tests will be scored, but no other scoring will take place. This is for fun and to work the kinks out of your competition skills. Dressage test B for both levels. Downloadable here. USEF rules for eventing will be followed where safety is concerned. ASTM-approved helmets and hard-soled boots are required, safety vests are recommended.
Judge/TD: Camie Stockhausen, USEA ICP-certified instructor, who has also completed all requirements for USEF certification as an Eventing Judge and Eventing Technical Delegate and will test for both certifications at Waredaca HT in Maryland in August 2013.
XC, simple course with water, ditches and terrain challenges, no time will be kept, but management reserves the right to comment on pace. 😉 Showjumping in sand and grass.
Tentative Schedule: 8:00 a.m. dressage; 10:30 showjumping, followed immediately by xc. Riders may choose to ride their showjumping rounds in xc attire.
Entry fee for ODE, including park fees, $75.
No onsite stabling. Offsite stabling, $25 per night.
You may make payment of $75 for entry fee by Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailed check made out to ‘Field Day’ to 57560 highway 210, Cambridge, IA 50046. Paid entries will be scheduled. Ride times will be posted on Wednesday May 15, which is also the deadline for entry.
For locals: We’ll have a set up party on Thursday evening May 16, starting at 5 p.m. or whenever you can make it. We’ll be numbering xc jumps, creating a start box and finish line, setting up the showjumping course and other duties as they appear. The show will provide sandwiches to anyone who shows up with a snappy smile and a pair of work gloves. Let me know if I can plan on you. Thanks!
The dark clouds looked to be an hour off when I set out on a hack on Shadow. Toddling down the trail we went, with the clouds to our back. We got about a mile out, turned for home and saw that my time estimation was wrong. We came home in the drizzle, but it really wasn’t that bad. He foxtrotted the mile home with alacrity. Fun day.
Something resembling spring, or at least a brief respite from winter, settle over central Iowa today, so I was overtaken with an urge to do yard work for the morning. In the afternoon I took Shadow out for a completely enjoyable hack. He dealt with highway traffic, he walked on a long rein, he foxtrotted about when asked. He dealt with the ducks we scared up off a farm pond and he only jumped a little when three deer crashed through the woods immediately to our left. A very good day.
It was supposed to be miserable today weatherwise, but it turned out to be merely a bit inhospitable, so out we went for a ride. An east wind didn’t bode well for the next few days so I really wanted to get out. Some horses are goofy in an east wind, but he seemed unfazed. We had a nice hack with no whinnying (we haven’t had any for a while), and even a bit of canter, which was pretty fun. Good!
So the storm finally got here so I rode in the indoor. The wind was really unsettling and frankly, it wasn’t his best day. He was nervous and not really enjoying himself, but all of the horses except the seasoned campaigners were a little nervous. Minor setback.
On Saturday morning we did the grid that I had set up for the clinic. It was 4 rails on the ground set 8′ apart, 8′ to a cross rail, 9′ to a pole on the ground, 9′ to an ascending oxer. He did very well with it.
Today I was working on him using his right hind leg through turns on the forehand to the left and right, and leg yielding. He is a star at leg yielding to the right, and very tight to the left. i just kept sending him over his topline and he got better and better, though the left is going to need time and reps to become solid.
Not a terrific weather day out there, but supposed to be the best one of the week, so Shadow and I went on a solo trail ride. The fields are muddy, so we have to leave out the driveway and along the state highway, which he has done before, but with another horse to lead the way. I thought his confidence was growing enough that he could handle and solo journey. After tacking up (very good with his hoof picking), we headed out. He was quite along the highway, especially considering it was 4:30 and a lot of commuters were heading home. (Keep in mind this is a state highway in the country, so two lanes with a wide shoulder.) Nevertheless, a semi truck and trailer went by and he kept it together quite well. He only put an ear on it when it was approaching and sort of leaned away from it as it passed. That was very good.
On our hack, we went down the gravel road and over the bridge and into some CRP ground. He was very good, and happy to go. On the way home, he let out a whinny, but he got over it quickly. When we were riding on the gravel road with fairly deep ditches on the way home,, two cars turned down the road. I dismounted because the cars would be a lot closer to him (though going sedately). I wanted him to have a good experiences. As we kept walking as they went by, he got a little tense, but followed my lead and recovered quickly. We hacked home in the ditch along the state highway with no difficulty. Excellent.