Monday, February 22, 2010

Enter Mystic

A few weeks ago I got another horse. Her name is Snickersbartime and she's another paint. She's 4 and not started under saddle yet. I'm going to have a lot of ground work ahead of me!! I've Been calling her Mystic since I don't really like calling her Snickers.

The boy and I drove to Kennebunk to take a look at her. I wasn't planning on bringing her home, but she was such a sweetheart, I couldn't not have her as my own. The farm she was at was beautiful! They were right on the ocean and could ride the horses on the beach whenever they wanted. They had 3 freisians that of course were perfect. If I had to board a horse anywhere, I would love it to be there. Of course I didn't get to ride Mystic since she isn't started under saddle yet, but I can tell she's got a good background on her.

Since I don't have a horse trailer yet, I had the owners bring her over. Gypsy winneied as soon as she saw the horse trailer pull up. It was like she knew a new friend had arrived for her! I turned Mystic out with Gypsy right away and things were fine. No fights, no squealing, no nothing. My girls are so good!

They have since become good friends and Gypsy is always looking out to see where Mystic is at. Mystic had her first farrier trim while here and did wonderfull, I'm expecting nothing but good things from this little horse!

I mean, come on! How you you not fall in love with that face!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Conversations on the dance floor

I have found working with horses has made me a better dj. When working with a horse, it's all about the conversation. Does the horse know what you are saying? If I ask my horse a question does my horse say "ok, I know what you want, here is the answer." or does she say "I don't understand the question." Dj'ing is like that. Can I convey to the crowd what I am saying in a clear way or is my set of music coming off scattered and confusing? I am learning how to have better conversations with my horses and my crowds. I am learning just because something isn't working that doesn't mean give up on it, it just means I need to find a better way to express it. Can I ask my horse for a flex at the poll and get the right answer? Did I convey what I wanted properly? Can I ask for more people to come out to the dance floor and dance? Did they understand the music's flow? I think about how to have better conversations, because without conversation, you are just being silent and someone else is talking at you, or vice versa.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

10 exercises

Top 10 Exercises to Become A Better Equestrian

10. Drop a heavy steel object on your foot. Don't pick it up right away. Shout, "Get off, Stupid, GET OFF!"

9. Leap out of a moving vehicle and practice "relaxing into the fall." Roll lithely into a ball and spring to your feet.

8. Learn to grab your checkbook out of your purse and write out a $200 check without even looking down.

7. Jog long distances carrying a halter and a carrot. Go ahead and tell the neighbors what you are doing - they might as well know now.

6. Affix a pair of reins to a moving freight train and practice pulling to a halt. Smile as if you are having fun.

5. Hone your fibbing skills: "See hon, moving hay bales is FUN!" and "No, really, I'm glad your lucky performance and multimillion dollar horse won the blue ribbon. I am just thankful that my hard work and actual ability won me second place."

4. Practice dialing your chiropractor's number with both arms paralyzed to the shoulder and one foot anchoring the lead rope of a frisky horse.

3. Borrow the US Army's slogan: Be All That You Can Be -- bitten, thrown, kicked, bucked, slimed, trampled, frozen...

2. Lie face down in a puddle of mud in your most expensive riding clothes and repeat to yourself, "This is a learning experience, this is a learning experience, this is ..."


Thursday, February 4, 2010


Today in order to combat Gypsy's barn/pasture sour issues, i saddled her up and took her for a walk around. i didn't ride, not at first, i just walked along side of her and talked to her. We walked to one end of the pasture, then the other. We did ground work in one corner, then left the pasture and did ground work someplace else. There was lots of walking and lots of ground work. i did ride her for a little while. We worked on some bending and flexing and some yielding. Then after that, i got back off and took her for a walk down the road. I'm sure it looked silly, me walking with my horse and just talking to her and petting her, but it worked. Tomorrow we will go for a longer walk around the "block" Maybe this will work?!? i hope so. She's such a good girl, but can be such a stinker sometimes.

Please ignore the pink bridle. It fits her small head and i like it for training because she likes to chew on my reins.