There is an infinite amount of information flowing through my head at the current moment in time. I’m sitting at school with one of my final economics tests in 40 minutes so of course that sounds like a wonderful time to type up a blog entry about my horse life. Why not!
It amazes me that we are on month four of 2013. Where is all my precious time going? There is so much fluttering through my brain that needs to get done and so little time or energy to do it. So I do the best I can and scuttle through what I am capable of completing.
… That always includes riding Sarge, of course! Jobs and homework are not near as important as my silly little pony. (; What has been going on with wittle ol’ Sarge, you ask? Well, he scared the bejeebies out of me a week after I went to visit my summer internship opportunity. He came up lame. You have to understand, that horse has never been lame a day in his life so my mind went straight to the worst possible scenario. Three days of pondering whether I should call the vet or not and he comes back perfectly sound… stupid horse.
Minus that little hiccup, we’re doing pretty well. I’ve been playing around with different techniques on getting him relaxed. I tried a thicker bit which he seemed to ignore at first, but was far less reactionary so I have been using it to see if it will make any difference. He’d probably be better off with something in the middle of the two bits I have, but unfortunately I am a college student with very little money so we’ll have to make due. The bit doesn’t mask the main problem anyways, his tenseness. We’re making strides in the correct direction, however. He mainly tenses during transitions and when I pick up my reins after warm up. So I’m working on teaching him that there is no reason for him to tense up during these transitions. I’m trying to be as light as I possibly can, not really react, and let him fight with himself until he realizes that it’s much easier to just stay relaxed. We’ll get there eventually.
I’m extremely excited about my internship opportunity and what it will do for myself and for Sarge. She is a lovely riding and believes in exactly the type of riding I am trying to portray. She hardly uses her hands at all and emphasizes using mainly body and leg. She will not force a horse to do something out of it’s comfort zone, and she spoils her babies. I love it. It will be incredibly exciting to, once again, have some guidance and someone on the ground to whip me into shape. (:
Okay, I really do have to get ready for class unfortunately. I am incredibly excited about my life and where I am headed. It all seems to be falling into place nicely (for the most part! haha). Do what you love, and love what you do!