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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WW: Feeling Better




Thank you everyone for the shared experiences, the advice and the words of encouragement! Still not able to get in the saddle, but the day is getting closer: am well enough to start groundwork again!

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  1. Wow those darn concussions take forever to heal! I hope you feel better soon so you can hop back in the saddle. :) I love those pictures. Look at her fly!!

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    1. She is highly ambivalent about it. Hahaha Though she is INSANELY talented at jumping. I've longed her over fences up to 3'6". She'll bring her knees up to her eyeballs and crack her back. But it is a process to get her to do it: we have to do a long warm-up over grids and small fences first, the footing has to be good, she has to be comfortable with the fence in front of her, and she has to be in a truly trusting mood. She literally only does it because I ask her, so we only do it as occasional cross-training for variety. The first few times pointing her at a grid she'll be dodgy and will clearly ask, "Do I *have* to?" It cracks me up because the gaited beast who should technically be a poor jumper is the one who really seems to enjoy it. Lily would probably make a great h/j horse with slow patient under saddle work over grids and small fences to build up her confidence if it was something I really, really wanted to do, but she'd be a push ride for a while. I just don't have the kind of confidence over fences to work with a push ride without losing my own nerve. That said, she does enjoy jumping logs and fallen trees on the trail. This double coop (the spread is at least 5') was a total surprise: I'd pointed her at it on other occasions and she was always like, "Oh HELL NO." So I never forced the issue: it's a big jump! On this particular day, I longed her close to it but in such a manner that she totally could have avoided it if she had wanted to. She actually chose to jump! I may have both gasped and squealed simultaneously. :D So then she had to do it a couple more times so Charles could get pics. It was pretty awesome!

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  3. Still oogling at how much UP that mare has.

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