Thursday, March 8, 2012

merlin and me

Every single day since I signed that contract I have made time to work with Merlin. Throughout the weekend and the work week, I have headed to Riding Right to lunge, ride, groom, and just spend with him. I bring apples, carrots. I curry the dry dirt out of his mane and coat. We are working out together. If he gets a half hour workout, I go home and run 2 miles. If he ground drives in harness, I lift weights. My dedication to him is also a dedication to me and better self care. Together we will heal, shine, and smile. His patience astounds me. His spunk under saddle, surprises me. And yesterday when we practiced a wee bit of driving, he took to it like a gosling in a creek. Jumped right in.

Tomorrow is our first lesson together. He's had to training sessions with instructors riding, but tomorrow morning I will be the one being put through my paces. A good friend with a great camera might come along, too. If so I'll ask him to send me the photos to share here. For now, you can see the short video Patty took last night of us trotting by.

18 Comments:

Blogger PattyW said...

Well done!

March 8, 2012 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

Congratulations Jenna, this will make Cold Antler so much more exciting. Enjoy your workout.

March 8, 2012 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Inventive way to get something done, your better self care! I'm so happy for you that you can spend regular time with Merlin. He's probably ecstatic too!

March 8, 2012 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

How exciting this is! Looks like you've found someone who helps you take better care of yourself. That's a true friend...

March 8, 2012 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

He look so steady! What fun!

March 8, 2012 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth from the Berkshires said...

I'm so impressed!! I started looking into possible riding lessons around here...

March 8, 2012 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

http://blythewoodstables.com/default.aspx

they are in pittsfield!

March 8, 2012 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Noël McNeil said...

That is so awesome. I had a dream last night that I bought a draft horse...only to realize later when I went to pick him up that he was the size of my son's play horse! I had a chuckle this morning and glad that I didn't invest in a horse that small. :) Hope you are enjoying merlin and as soon as my computer gets fixed I'll watch the videos. ;)

March 8, 2012 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger ladyfarrier said...

Good on you, Jenna for such a positive start to your partnership with Merlin.

It's not what we do for horses, it's what they do for us that's so special.

March 8, 2012 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Melleah said...

You and Merlin are a great match! He is lucky to have an owner who spends so much time with him :-).

March 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

You two look great together!

March 8, 2012 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Love the video.

March 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Flartus said...

Finally home and able to watch...wow, he looks smoooooth...like you really have to work to post on him! I bet you could fall asleep to that walk, too. You guys are gonna have some fun--yeah!!

March 8, 2012 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Mama Forestdweller said...

Woohoo! Awesome :)

March 8, 2012 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Sewing Machine Girl said...

You look well together! He has that ponyfast trot. You are posting with your lower legs and they are swinging a bit. Try to work on using your seat (aka thighs) and try to let the forward motion of the muscles of his hindquarters and back motivate you forward. Close your eyes and feel the engagement of the hindquarters. Also, practice picking up the correct diagonal with the eyes closed so you get a feel for the muscle movement.
Just a suggestion... I trained tackless, on a lunge line for my first 6 months as a teen riding student, Spanish Riding Academy style (4 years). No stirrups to stand up in then. ;) It looks like the start of something special! You will be great together.

March 8, 2012 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Just don't forget about your "other horse" at home. Haven't seen you mention him much lately.

March 8, 2012 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Just don't forget about your "other horse" at home. Haven't seen you mention him much lately.

March 8, 2012 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

Looks like the start of a great partnership. His short pony stride will take some getting used to if you've been riding bigger horses for your earlier lessons. On the lunge, you need to make him engage his back end a bit more as he's not tracking up - his hind legs should come under his tummy more and hooves just touch the back rim of the hoofprints left by the front feet. I expect he's had a lazy time of things recently and is not used to stretching as he should. (Boy, do I know that feeling after a winter of no gardening and not enough walking!!!) It'll come though and it's good to see you both happy together.

March 9, 2012 at 8:07 AM  

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