Sunday, April 1, 2012

merlin and me: one month into training

18 Comments:

Blogger Mist said...

The pendant and the brow band together! Love it!

That last picture is absolutely breathtaking.

April 1, 2012 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I know...merlin lunged past him at a fast trot and it looks like something from a movie poster.

tim is amazing, check out his work and adventures at 468photography.com, you can buy prints there for a few dollars. Or email him a request if something you want to buy isn't there.

Or just email him to tell him what a great job he is doing, because I'm not sure he realizes it yet!

April 1, 2012 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger e.m.b. said...

I love the bridle on him! Perfect. You've found a soulmate of a horse...a rare and beautiful thing. And I echo Mist...that last photo is stunning...his spirit comes through even the shutters, lenses, and inter webs.

April 1, 2012 at 7:17 PM  
OpenID mountainchicken said...

That last pictures is dreamy!

Have you become obsessed with horse blogs yet? Almost as addictive as homesteading ones...

April 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

No horse blogs yet, what are the good ones?

Last one is my favorite!

April 1, 2012 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Karen Rickers said...

So gorgeous, especially the last one!

April 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM  
OpenID outdoors1968 said...

You both look great, and the constant ear to ear smile on your face in the photos........ wow! Priceless! That pony was worth every.......single.......cent. Glad you're both so very obviously enjoying yourselves!

April 1, 2012 at 9:02 PM  
OpenID mountainchicken said...

Here are the ones I check regularly:

Tucker the Wunderkind
Behind the Bit
SprinklerBandit
The Literary Horse

Obviously, if you browse around those you'll find links to tons more.

And of course, the #1 source of horsey information/gossip/humor/awesome youtube links is the Chronicle of the Horse forums.

Just search "chronicle horse forums" and say adios to any free time you might have had. It's addicting, but also a GREAT resource.

April 1, 2012 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

Looking good!

One trick of the trade, twist his reins and slide the chin strap through and buckle when lunging.

April 1, 2012 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

...and remove the stirrups from the saddle.

April 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Great photos, Jenna! I'm so happy for you :)

April 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

looking good you two!

April 2, 2012 at 5:06 AM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

great photos

April 2, 2012 at 6:26 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Your hair is down and pretty, your looking more feminine!

April 2, 2012 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

Nice pictures!

Instead of removing the stirrups you can just run them up the leathers too.

April 2, 2012 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger The Village Queen said...

You remind me of me many years ago. I also have/had a hobbit body in a horse world of model tall and thin riders. One thing I wish I felt then was not caring about it. The best joy is the smell of the end of his nose and forget the rest of the bulls*it. Youre a lucky girl.

April 2, 2012 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Village Queen: I still care about it, but it doesn't stop me from my goals, and it won't stop me from posting for pictures in spandexy riding pants either! I'll never be tall or thin, but you will be a healthier version n of me every month.

April 2, 2012 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Val said...

These pictures are amazing. As someone who is learning to ride as an adult (after watching my kids for too long...) I can hear every word you are saying about learning to dance the dance :-) I want someone to come take pics like this of me!

Here is a good little 'how to run up your stirrups'. I got in trouble for having them hanging when I was lunging ...oops. Maybe I can save you!

http://horses.about.com/od/choosingandusingtack/ss/Learn-To-Run-Up-Your-Stirrup-Leathers.htm

Here is to 'keeping our heels down'!

April 2, 2012 at 9:10 PM  

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