I headed out to Applewood and BA was finishing feeding and putting horses up for the night. Chance and I went and rode all alone in the indoor. It was fabulous. I don't think I've really had time to school in an arena all by myself in a long time. I think thats why I love my sport. It affords me time to reflect and concentrate and just be there with 'my' horse. Chance is still having a hard time staying straight on the outside lines. I just don't have the muscle power to keep him in line. He wants to either ram my leg into the fence or pop his shoulder and drift off the rail and into the jumps. I had a horrible time getting my right ankle to cooperate. It just would not stretch down, it felt like something in it would rather just pop before stretching. I am hoping it is something that can be fixed by just riding and stretching and that it isn't something more serious. I rode for about and hour and even popped over a couple of tiny jumps. Poor Chance needs more direction from me, and its so frustrating that I can't give it to him because I am so weak. Before I locked the barn up, I took some photos to share with you all. They aren't great because it was dark and they are cell phone pictures, but you should be able to get an idea of how wonderful this place is and what an opportunity I have been given here.
There are 20 stalls. Its a fabulous facility.
Meet Sugarfoot, the most AAdorable pony ever!
Chance after our ride. He is such a love.
I came home last night and went directly to the gym. I hate that I am so bad at riding now. Its like I know what I need to do but physically can't do it! Sooo frustrating! I will fix this! I got up this morning and took Daphne to the park for a 5mile jog/walk. Then we headed out to Granite's barn and we worked on some more in hand work. I'm reading this book by Michael Schaffer and I'm trying to apply the concepts, but Granite isn't quite getting it. We are working on leading with my shoulder and his shoulder parallel. He is getting the leading portion (I'm not having to drag him along) but the stopping is not going so well. He wants to turn to me and then he normally proceeds to wrap his neck around me. ARGH! Getting a baby was a dumb idea. I don't have the patience with myself or him that I should! Its so frustrating, I swear I used to be a good rider and now, Rachel Sucks at Riding!
The good news is that BA is letting me ride Chance again tomorrow and on Friday (she said Tuesday was fine too, but we are supposed to get, yet another, winter storm-- great). So hopefully I will be getting more and more practice and I may not suck so badly!
More good news, my buddy over at Golden the Pony Girl blog gave me an award! How sweet!
Apparently the rules are: tell 7 things about yourself (like ya'll don't know everything about me already) and give the award to 15 other blogs... am I right?
1. I found Granite on a Craig's List ad (of all places)
2. I was a varsity cheerleader in high school, and loved it
3. My dad owned a BBQ restaurant, where I started waiting tables at 12yrs old.
4. I drive a little red car (Its so not a horse girl vehicle)
5. I'm generally a negative nancy
6. I often feel like I have something to prove when riding
7. I have been battling fear in the saddle for about 10 years now.
15 great blogs (I guess I can't include Golden's, but I love hers)
1. High Tech Horse: gotta love my bff. She has to write the blog for her Masters of Comm, but manages to subject all her classmates to her horse world.
2. Eye of the Horse: Nicku is my hero. A talented rider with a great outlook on life and riding.
3. Tucker the Wunderkid: Marissa is also my hero, a girl that busted her butt to achieve her dreams!
4. Sprinkler Bandit: I still don't know what a Sprinkler Bandit is, but I know I love hearing about Izzy's adventures.
5. Green n' Green= Black n' Blue: This re-rider is realistic about what she has to learn and its fun to follow her while she does so. Her mare, Denaili is such a cutie.
6. A Horse and a Half: Love hearing about Phoenix and Gen, two special horses.
7. The Jumping Percheron: This girl is totally badass. Athletic, in the military, and crazy about her rockstar jumping perch, Klien.
8. Sweet Horse's Breath: The journey of Kristen and her OTTB Laz. This pair has been through hell lately and I keep sending positive thoughts in hoping he can somehow recover from devastating laminitis.
9. From Wingman to Witching Hour: The story of 5 year old Salem, a TB growing to be a dressage horse.
10. Ravishing Roxy: A new blog to me, but I think this girl and her horse are so much fun.
11. Hunt Seat Cruizer: The story of a young girl and her stunning AQHA.
12. Riding Aside: A peek into a totally different world of a side saddle rider
13. The Joy of Horses: Also a look into a different equestrian world... morgans.
14. What was I thinking: The adventures and misadventures of a middle aged rider and her large Canadian Horse.
15. And Sorry I Could Not Travel Both: although she hasn't blogged in forever, I like to keep up with my friend Carrie and her life, including leading to ride!
OK, one last thing. I woke up to some pretty horrible news. My best friend's 20 yr old sister is in Chile for a semester abroad. She had been backpacking this month and was in Del Mar last night. Thats where the 8.8 earthquake was epicentered. We haven't heard from her yet and her family is sick with worry. As am I. I'm not one to pray, but I'll ask that you all keep Eva's Sister and her family in your thoughts/prayers. I have my fingers crossed to hear good news soon. Its been over 12 hours since the quake...