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Cricket Update
April 24, 2012, 12:09 am
Filed under: Training

Well, I’ve had a few training sessions with Cricket since my last post, and we’ve made some good progress.

This progress was most evident today! I decided after some gentle lunging, and riding her around a bit to test her mood, to take her outside of the round pen. She was a little antsy right at the beginning, but we had a good ole time just trotting around the side pasture. Then I had a jump set up, and we cleared a few cavalettis like they were nothing. So we raised the bar a bit.

Still she was just trotting over them, barely having to pick up her feet, despite her short stature, so we raised the rail just a bit more… and she was finally jumping! Legitimate, pick-your-hooves-up jumping! She was still trying to be a little swerve’y on approach, but all things considered (Wind was blowing like nobody’s business, friend had another horse in the side pasture for handling, and cars were blowing past on the road) she really did phenomenal. Then there’s the big kicker.

She cantered off the second full jump! According to her owner, this was her first real canter with a rider on her back. She did great! Didn’t take off, just loped off the jump, and up the hill. Her canter is super smooth, too, which I’m definitely happy about, and somewhat surprised by because of her smallness. I’m not a fan of the canters that unseat a rider!

Over all, it was a fantastic ride. Tons of new things for Cricket to deal with, and despite a single buck, this was definitely her best ride in a long time!



Cricket
March 25, 2012, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Training

Well, I had my first ride on Cricket today!

I guess I should give a bit of back story here, haha. I’ve been posting around, trying to find clients for training, and was recently contacted by a lady about her mare Cricket. Well, I met her today, and over all the ride was great!

We did some round-pen work, establishing ground rules and getting to know each other, then it was time to get in the saddle. I was thoroughly warned that Cricket is a bucker, and has that pony mean streak! Haha. Well, she definitely made sure I knew she wasn’t happy being made to work! She did a bit of kicking, and gave a slight buck, and she stumbled in the soft grass/mud, sending her nose into the ground, and me into the round-pen fence, but overall the owner says she was surprised at how well she did.

I’m to go back on Tuesday!

I’m definitely excited, and the owner and I have set our current goal: To go on a nice, mid-distance trail ride at Yellow River.

All is well with the world!

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We just did some walking and trotting today.

I’m just sad the owner didn’t get a video of that dive! hahaha.