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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Canter

First off I wanted to say a giant THANK YOU to everyone for your helpful and supportive comments on my “Fear is a Sneaky Mofo” post.  I have been trying out many of the suggestions and will be writing a more detailed post shortly (I still have a few suggestions that I want to experiment with). 

Monday was also Henry’s 6th birthday!

Happy bday buddy!




I am feeling much less anxious about riding Henry, like a 5 out of 10 versus my 307 out of 10 before.  Riding my little wave of bravery I am happy to report that I have finally cantered him again (for the first time since I broke my nose in June 2017 and then rode him bareback for 7 months).  I just wanted to quickly summarize my first canter back and my most recent lesson with ST.  Also have a few small life updates to share.

I had my official first canter back on Sunday, May 20th.  I’ve been doing a lot of freelunging in the past month and he’s very obedient to the “kiss” sound for canter.  He showed up with an especially forward floaty trot on Sunday and I decided it would be foolish not to try it. 




I committed to my departure location, sat tall, put my outside leg back and “kissed”.  And we trotted at warp speed for most of the long side hahah!  I cued again and we then glided into a lovely canter.  I praised him x 1 million.  And quietly asked for a trot after.  I decided to try once more.  He cantered immediately but either picked up the wrong lead or was crossfiring behind so I rewarded the prompt canter response and decided to leave our future canter work for our lesson the following day (when ST could give me tips). 

At my lesson the following day we did more cantering (and actually did both directions! With correct leads!).  ST was really happy with him and I was able to keep him cantering for longer.  She did have to remind me to keep breathing and not to brace through my shoulders/arms so much. 


H was recently an unimpressed guest at a black and white dog party

 
I rode Mystic as well and she was fantastic as usual, we are still saddleless so focus a lot on transitions and correct bend.  She felt just a bit off to me at the start but seemed to warm out of it.  ST mentioned she was stepping just a little bit shorter on her left hind than her right.  Luckily I had already booked a chiro visit for the herd next weekend so hopefully I can get her feeling 100%.


Good lesson ponies <3



For two little random life updates…

I applied to school program that I can take through correspondence without having to leave my job.  I find out on June 1st if I got in or not (if I didn’t get it this year it’s not the end of the world and I will try again this year).  There have big changes at my current job and I don’t like the direction things are moving.  This has contributed in a major way to my current stress levels.  With this new training I can have a change of scenery (after doing the same job for 12 years, although sometimes I was part-time) and a pay raise.  This is my exit strategy, sooner than later would be a good thing.


I’m still waiting to hear about our acreage budget… it didn’t sound very positive unfortunately.  We may wait until next year to purchase, which is disappointing but not the end of the world.  I’m doing ok with it (but I’m not saying I didn’t sob while listening to Purple Rain the entire car ride home from the mortgage broker’s office…).  If we decide not to buy this year we will definitely do some travelling, possibly Europe, in the fall. 
 
I am sitting over here, crossing all my crossables and hoping good news in the next few weeks.  Either way I am a cantering fiend, so I got that going for me. :P 


18 comments:

  1. That black and white dog party photo 😂 but yay for cantering!!!

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    1. He hates dogs so much haha! Yahoo for cantering, we're finally getting somewhere :)

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  2. Glad you and Henry are getting back in sync with each other! Yay for lots of canter!
    I hope all good news comes out of the life stuff too. It's hard to be patient, but I'm sure everything will come together when the time is right.

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    1. I'm so happy we are getting back into our groove!
      I am the literal worst at being patient so all this waiting has been killing me. But at the end of May I'll know what's going on more clearly and I can make a proper plan :)

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  3. yay cantering!!! it's so great once we can finally push through and get those great moments ;) good luck with the acreage budget!

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    1. I forgot how lovely his canter is, glad I'm over the mental block of doing it. Thank you! :)

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  4. Yay for cantering! Great job!!

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    1. Thank you! Felt wonderful to be cantering again :D

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  5. That is so good to hear that you tried the canter and worked on it during your lesson! YAY! That black and white dog party photo made me laugh haha. Great news about applying for school and hopefully the mortgage thing will work out eventually. Crossing fingers for you, too!

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    1. Yeah it's nice to be working on it again! He's been a very good gentleman about it (which is good because I don't think I'm quite ready for shenanigans or funny business at the moment hahah). :) H was not happy about all the dogs, I've never seen a horse hate dogs quite as much as he does!

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  6. So much good news! Crossing fingers school and house finances all happen right when they need to :)

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    1. Lots of good stuff! Thanks for the crossed fingers, I find out about school in 4 days - eep! :)

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  7. So awesome!!! Way to go on cantering <3

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    1. Thank you! Happy to have found my "groove" again :D

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  8. Congrats with canter! Just keep building on those positive moments! :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm hoping if I just keep doing it (and praising Henry excessively) it won't be a big deal at all in like a month :)

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  9. Yay I'm glad that you grabbed your bravery by the horns and cantered :)

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    1. I'm glad too! It was worth a bit of fear to ride that lovely canter again ;)

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