"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, he/she will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I've been told to adopt Wisconsin's state motto, "FORWARD!" while riding.

Monday afternoon was incredible.  I left work around 11 and headed up to the barn.  I hadn’t used the trailer since we got to Milwaukee and it’s funny how excited I get about driving it.  Buying that gooseneck was a good idea.  Charles took a boarder’s horse, Finn, to get some experience.  Finn is green to eventing, but really has a talent for it.  Anne coached us around the field.

We drove about an hour northwest of the barn to a lovely boarding facility with a cross country schooling field out back.  Tyler was all about being out yet managed to keep his manners.  He warmed up over the stadium jumps in the field and then we moved on to a small corner made of rails and a barrel to a small novice bench.  The bench caught him by surprise off the turn from the corner, but he got it after that.  He jumped the bench the best of everything in the field.

The water complex had everything we needed to practice.  It had been recently dyed with AquaShade and Tyler has no issue with bright blue water.  He still thought he should play in it and splash everyone.  Tyler made a good example of why water is fun and Finn quickly joined us.  We trotted through the water and up the bank and then through the water and out over a rail/kayak jump. 

There were two areas with log combinations, again no issue as long as Tyler’s rider keeps him straight!  Twice we had a long run up a hill to a skinny log.  Twice I ending up giggling after letting Tyler stretch out and run. 

We jumped a few other objects and called it a day after both boys proved to be very good.  The weather had been perfect and it was so nice to hang out with Anne and Charles for a few hours.  It’s very lucky to have a variety of wonderful horse people helping Tyler and I.

We leave for the Silverwood HT on August 6.  I feel well prepared for it and am looking forward to Tyler having a comfortable and successful outing.

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