Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Here We Go!

Okay, I'm back. For real this time!

Thankfully, my horses have seen more of me than you guys have for these past couple months. I haven't ridden a whole lot -- good weeks it's a two or three times, bad weeks it's once or not at all. But, they get exercised pretty much every day.

So here's all that's happened since last time I was around:
  • I'm now officially done with my first term of college. I got three A's and one A-, so my 4.0 is toast until I pick up a few A+'s to make up for it. It has been a lot harder than I expected.
  • It's COLD at the barn. I hate winter. They're cooped up, wearing blankets, water's frozen, ugh.
  • Both horses are doing wonderfully. Pandora is in perfect weight, and while you can tell she hates being cooped up, she's never rude and she always has a pleasant expression on her face. McKinna is a little more upfront with her cold-weather displeasure, but she too is doing well.
  • I went to a few more lessons and then took quite a bit of time away from lessoning just to work on school. I should be taking a lesson tomorrow though (unless the predicted freezing rain tonight makes it impossible to get out to the barn), so I promise pictures from that!
  • I passed my D-2 rating for Pony Club, which required basically no studying or anything. Next up is D-3, but I'm not too worried about getting it done right this very instant.
That picture up there is from last weekend, when the cold started to really kick in. I feel like a bear -- I don't want to go out to the barn to ride, I just want to be warm! Nevertheless, duty calls.

Pandora's been doing just wonderfully. The more I work her, the smoother she gets, and her canter is really improving. I'm going to take my first lesson on her tomorrow night, and I'm hoping we can try her out over a few low fences to get a feel for what she's like.

So here's the deal. Next term is going to be about as hard, if not slightly harder, than last term. But I want to stick with this blogging thing - I've really missed it - so I'm going to promise you guys one post a week. Some weeks it'll be more, but I'm going to maintain a minimum of one per week. Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things and writing posts up will get easier.

Here's a video from one of the lessons I went to last month. McKinna was doing wonderfully! Lately I've been focusing more on Pandora. It's hard to work with two horses at once, which I'll talk about in my next post.


oregonsunshine said...

So glad you're back! McKinna looks good!

I'm sure you'll be able to pull your grades up. You have time.

I've started a blog, but not much before you disappeared on us.

Chris said...

That looked like a rather fast little course! I think I would've not expected the little thrown in stride before the third jump and prolly ended up out of the saddle, promptly on the ground! Eheheh, looking good!

ezra_pandora said...

Glad you are back too!

I totally know what you mean about working two horses. I don't know how some people have like 5 and 10 and are able to handle it. We have 2 and if only one of us go out, we have to decide, ok, who gets rode and who just get's exercised. It's a tough call and definitely time consuming for sure. But it's all worth it in the end.

J. Hatchett said...

Welcome back!

Lookin' good

EventerWannabe said...

So glad your back :) I can't wait to here more from you! And you and McKinna look wonderful to me, I'd love to be going out there and jumping around a little course haha.

Promise said...

Welcome back!

mugwump said...

I would have called you whiners about six months ago over the complaints about trying to ride two horses. EXCEPT now I work in the real world. You know, I'm required to be there 8 hours a day and everything. I'm having a terrible time keeping my guys ridden. I don't know how you do it.

Crazy Easton Family said...

glad you're back in the saddle again, missed your posts :)

manymisadventures said...

Chris - she's a pretty quick little mare. I never mean to make it fast, but I have to find a balance between over-correcting and letting her run wild. As for the thrown-in stride, I've ridden her long enough that those little strides are clear between the two of us. Sometimes I let her pick, sometimes I tell her what to do, but either way I can usually tell whether we're leaving out or adding!

Glad you understand our point of view, Mugs ;) It's rough when I go to school, work, have homework, AND have to ride.

It feels good to be back.

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