Thursday, July 12, 2012

Can't win 'em all!

Today's morning ride wasn't as much of a success. We stuck mostly to the road and I forgot my crop, so when Merlin got fussy or stubborn I had little to enforce with save my feet and hands. Me slapping his rump has nowhere near the effectiveness of a quick crop slap on the rump. At one point we were trying to move forward down the road when a neighbor's car came (slowly) and while Merlin could care less about cars it took a few seconds to get him back in the driveway.

The good news is we got a lot of car experience. People coming at us, passing us at a walk. Vans going past as he stood still. There were no forested glens but we did get to do a wee bit of exploring on a new dirt road and had I had a crop I could have got him up into a clearing that looked mighty pretty.

Better luck tomorrow!


Blogger Meghan said...

I ALWAYS regret it if I forget a crop! Improvising with reins, hands, and tree branches always makes me feel like I'm on Candid Camera-"watch me influence a 1200lb animals with tiny little taps with a twig about to break..."

July 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

Do the reins not reach his rump? He is pretty long! Ah well, I bet you'll never forget your crop again. Amazing the difference from the leverage of that little stick.

July 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM  
Anonymous janet said...

Cutting a switch off a tree or bush will work in a pinch but you will eventually be able to manage your horse with only the aids.

July 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Brenda London said...

sounds like a perfect ride to me, new stuff for both of you ending before either of you stressed out. as far as him wanting to get back to eat: we feed early in the morning and then I ride later. at the track, Howard starts jogging about an hr or so after their breakfasts. That being said, the horses here always love coming back home, they tend to get herd bound. The track horses LOVE jogging with Howard and never try to stop early(contrary to what many folks think about race horses). Now, please do not publish this, but I have something for you to think about. We have an old trailer here, a 2 horse TB, but the middle could come out to accommodate a larger horse(we have shipped big standardbreds in it). It is OLD, but safe. Howard replaced the floor and made the gate safe. Now it sits here being used to hold stuff since we have a larger 2 horse slant. If you are interested in having this trailer, perhaps you could trade? I would love for my Howard to be able to go to fiddle camp(I would pay for the fiddle of course but perhaps we could trade off for the cost of the lessons?) or some other trade. Until you have a way to tow you could use it to stow stuff and to train for loading. Now what you need to understand is if you see this thing and decide to pass on it, no hurt feelings, not by any means. We do so many trades that what one person does not want another will want, at some point. I could even toss in a set of break away stirrups, in flashy pink. Howard cannot do any workshops until the track closes mid Dec, after that it is tough for us $$ wise and he gets in a slump, music reaches his soul and is most needed in the winter. We may be poor money wise but we have 2 pianos, lost count of how many guitars, a few harmonicas(another workshop idea??), and a penny whistle somewhere. I have to share what you did to my head...That youtube of Sweet Anton, cannot get it out of my head. I love Scot music. Part of my family heritage is Scot/Indian origin, my greatgrampie was Blackhawk Dunphy(how American is that), Scots married into the tribe, one tribal group comfortable with another. All my relatives love music, so I shared Sweet Anton on fb, then got on a Scot music kick and shared Brave Scotland, and then got down and gritty and shared some music by the Clanadonia group, who I am sure have just skin under those kilts, lots of tatoos, wild hair (like my Howard, old hippie that he is) and probably just more of what MY ancestors would have been performing back in the day. so I am now off my Scot music sharing kick in fb but still have Sweet Anton spinning around, need to get the lyrics written so I can sing it to my mares. That's the pace we take when riding. Do you have another address to use for personal notes like this? I promise not to fill your in box. thanks, Brenda ( as in "married to the farm", but we won't tell Howard.)

July 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Emily said...

Oh man, are you aware of the dirty joke going on in that picture? It's a comment on women riding astride, as opposed to side-saddle. She's asking him if this is the way to Stretchet (a town, but it sounds like "Stretch it") and he responds, "Well, I know a better way" :winkwinknudgenudge:
You have to blow it up to read it, but I've seen the picture before and thought I'd share the "humor".

July 12, 2012 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Emily that is awesome!

July 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM  
Anonymous cowgirl said...

Emily you bad girl...that is hilarious!!

July 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi Jenna.
Take the line off of a lunge whip, tie it to the front of your saddle, measure it so that it reaches Merlin's bum and cut it to length (cutting the end being tied-not the finished end of the whip) and once measured and tied, slightly burn the cut end with a match or lighter to prevent fraying. Leave it dangling off the side of your saddle. If you should forget your crop, you can use this line as a "substitute" crop! My trainer made me a line such as this (not quite as long) that stays tied on one of the D-rings of my saddle. My horse is in no way bothered by it being there and if he is in need of, shall we say, "momentum" I just need to pick it up and he "picks up" as well!
Lisa in Main

July 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

Thanks for the interpretation Emily!

Car experience is good so it wasn't all lost! Happy riding tomorrow. Those trails sound very enticing.

July 13, 2012 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Loco Lindy said...

Each challenging experience you have with Merlin will ultimately give you a little more confidence, hang in there! Horses have good and bad days, too.

July 13, 2012 at 7:09 PM  

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