May 08, 2018

At Long Last

Guess who I finally got to see yesterday, for the first time since August??


I'm happy to say that she looks amazing (not that I had any doubts, I totally trust the friend who's looking after her) and has really filled out and matured. Can't get over those epic ears though! We didn't do any real work, but she got a thorough grooming and we hung out. She's still shedding and looks a bit moth eaten, but I think we're almost back to sleek.

Since Gossip is 4 this year, I'm really hoping to be able to get her to the breaker this summer or fall. The issue though is money. As in my tuition isn't cheap, and it has to come first! I'm in line for a couple of scholarships and what happens there may be the deciding factor, so my fingers are crossed even more than they would be normally. I really don't want her to sit for another year, but I may not have a choice.

July 09, 2017

Downtime

Unfortunately, since my last post not much has gone on with Gossip. There have been a few quick visits, but no real work and nothing blog-worthy. I was sick for quite a while, and now we're under a heat advisory and it's too hot to move :( . I didn't even get my lawn cut, and I don't have to drive anywhere to do that! I hope to have an update soon, but I didn't want anyone to think I'd abandoned the blog or sold the pony. Just lying low....

April 30, 2017

Going in Circles

In a good way, I promise!

Last weekend I headed down to the Mane Event and picked up a fancy new bridle since the one we had didn't fit. Hubby doesn't want me having a collection of bridles for one horse (how little he understands lol) and said "get the one you ultimately want." Don't have to tell me that twice! Gossip now has a beautiful dressage bridle complete with champagne coloured crystals to offset her dun colouring. The Mane Event is the place to go if you want to comparison shop, and I did exactly that. I had to laugh... I wound up buying it from my favourite tack shop that's like 15 minutes from my house. Yup, I drove almost 2 hours to buy a bridle from them. It was worth the trip!

So today's first mission after a cursory grooming was to try on said bridle, with many prayers for a good fit.


That'll work!

It was nice to have someone there to hold her for a picture!

Once she was bridled, we took the horses up to the arena area where the round pen, trail bridge, and some ground poles are set up. The others rode in the main area, while I took Gossip into the round pen and worked with her. It was her first time being round penned, and it went really well. There was some distraction from the main herd running and playing as well as the horses being ridden, but she mostly stayed focused on me. I worked her in both directions (tracking right is definitely her weaker side, so we worked in that direction a little more) and was able to turn and stop her using just my body and a swinging leadrope. It made her work a bit, and think, and deal with the bridle on her face and bit in her mouth in a different context than just standing being groomed wearing it. It felt like we did a lot of circles (in reality it was *maybe* 10 minutes) but by the end she was softer and responsive, and she came to me and followed too. I was so happy with her today!