Last night I told TC that I wanted to get up early before it got hot, so to please not let me sleep late. He is always up early with the dogs, no later than 6am, usually closer to 5am. I woke up at 7, he had closed the door again so no one would disturb me. ARGH!
Yes I know it is very sweet, but damn! If I don't get up till 7, it takes me till 7:15 or so to get my first cup of coffee in me, then I get the horses fed, and usually like to give them an hour to finish most of their food before I saddle up. It was 9 am before I got Melody saddled.
Note to TC: When I say I want to get up early, that means wake me up when you get up! I can always sleep when it is hot outside. I think he understands now. Tomorrow will tell for sure.
Anywho.....Since my Circle Y Flex tree only fits Killian, I did a little temporary trade with a gal I know up in Northern AZ. She has a ranch style saddle that she is selling, and so we agreed to do a trade to let each other try them out.
|Princess Mellypalouza modeling the new saddle.|
At first I was not sure if I was going to like it, and I am still not sure if I love it, but I don't hate it either. The stirrup leathers sit back a little further than I wanted, but once I let them down a notch it was not bad at all. I definitely need to lengthen the strap that holds the rear cinch in place, it is pretty far forward. It does fit her pretty nice.
Today as we rode I payed attention to whether or not I felt like my feet were falling out of the stirrups, and I don't think it was near as bad as it was last time, so that is good also. It is a very comfortable seat, however I do think that when it comes to sitting my stops better, my stirrups need to be a bit further forward. I suspect that I am going to need to find a reining or cutting saddle, so that I can really get down into that pocket.
What I figured out today is that I have been riding the same horse for 3 years now. I am so used to the way Trax moves, what every single subtle shift means, his gaits, and his foot falls, that other horses feel awkward to me. So is the case with Melody.
She feels awkward to me, so today I really focused my attention on just getting a good feel for how she feels when she is moving. She, on the other hand is still trying to figure out what is I want from her. We did some loping today and I really wanted to just lope the fence but she tends to want to make the circles smaller and after two circles one direction then she is ready for the lead change and circling to the other direction. If nothing else she knows her job! But we still got it done the way I wanted after a little discussion on who was leading this dance, and it was a lot of fun.
I did some imaginary flag work and I love how she gets right into it. She can sure move her feet with a purpose when you ask her too!
We also did lots of long trotting to help get her back into shape. She really is out of shape pretty bad, and me only riding her once a week is not helping that any either.
During our ride I asked her to ride between the poles and the fence often. She always looked at them funny but managed to handle it without bolting.
After our ride I put the halter on her and we worked on walking through the poles. We have a ton of work to do here. If her foot touches one pole OMG you'd think she got bit on the leg. We had to start from the beginning several times. Asking her to step over the poles is not happening so I am going to have to change my tactic on this.
First we will have a couple of lessons on "I can move your feet where ever I want them to go." Then I will put one pole in the round pen and just move her around so that she has to step over it. She will balk at first but if she knows that I can move her feet, then eventually she will have no choice. From there, it should get easier.
A trail horse she ain't! Luckily I've still got the old paint for trail stuff. However, if I plan on using her for stock horse shows, she is going to have to learn how to do trail obstacles.
I was going to try to ride Trax today too, but just didn't have enough time before it got too hot, so tomorrow will be his turn.
|I am a Princess!|