Fronie and I had a chance to have the first ponying lesson for Thunder and Skipper on Thursday. It went fairly well, despite the damp underwear. I think we laughed so hard we peed ourselves! But as everyone knows, before you can play you must get your work done. So here's a picture showing that we actually do work. Just because Fronie's the only one in the picture doesn't mean that I don't work too!
As Fronie was filling the outdoor water bucket she started complaining because the "switch" wasn't on the gun anymore. Just as I was walking over to see what she's talking about, which usually doesn't have anything to do with what's actually happening, she lifted the nozzle to show me that there wasn't a clip and "accidentally" pulled the trigger. Once I finished screeching (it was COLD) I showed her where the proper switch was. Hmmmmm ... I'm sensing the devil at play ....
Before we got the ponies out I decided to finally use the self timer feature on my camera so that we could get a picture with both of us in it. I set the camera on the top rail of the riding ring, pushed the button and then ran like heck to stand beside Fronie before the camera went off. Rosie wasn't sure what I was running about - only that I was running (and THAT doesn't happen often) so she came tearing after me.
How do you like our jackets? We got them at Marks Work Wearhouse and are going to have Peetree Stables embroidered on them. Fronie wanted our names on too but I told her there was no way I was going to make myself easily identifiable when I was travelling with her. Trouble just has a way of finding Fronie.
Next step was to get the ponies. I decided to ride bareback because I still can't barely move after riding Stretch the other day. The mere thought of sitting in my saddle again made me cry in pain! Skipper is quickly catching on to all the weird things that I do. The first time I mounted him bareback he just stood there. Second time he'd swing his rump away from the fence. And now you'll see the sequence of pictures that will give you an idea of how THAT situation is going lately! He may as well be 16hh as far as I'm concerned when he's bareback!
I line him up parallel to the fence and as soon as I get on the fence he swings his rump away.
I was almost up this time but gracefully slid off as he started to walk around.
I have another approach in mind.
I spy with my little eye a stool at the other end of the ring!
Hmmm ... this may work.
I smell success!
Ready to Rock
Our first steps. Well, Skipper's first step. Thunder hadn't made up his mind if he wanted to play or not!
Thunder started to lag behind a bit. I want him up near my knee so that there isn't any chance of Kayla being kicked by Skipper if he gets mad at Thunder.
the Whoa was going really well. Thunder of course was giving his opinion by sticking out his tongue.
Turning to the Right
The cats were quite entertained by all the activities. Mia watched the whole show from centre ring but Barney soon lost interest and went running off.
Thunder lagging behind again.
Getting a little too close and very out of position.
Overall it went quite well. I have to work on Skipper neck reining so I can have one hand on his reins and one hand on the lead rope. As you can see on the videos, steering is a bit of an issue. I'm also not sure how to keep Thunder in position. He lags behind a bit and I hate "pulling" him to get him to catch up. It just seems wrong to pull him when a horses natural reaction to being pulled forward is to put their weight back. Any suggestions? We had alot of fun though.
Here are the links to the videos. My photobucket kept locking up when I was loading them so I'm not sure if I have them all or not. The best one is when I was going towards Fronie and she got to experience first hand my steering difficulties!
If anyone has advice on how I can get Thunder to speed up and stay in position without it looking like he's being hung, please share you knowledge! Thanks!