Archive for December 22nd, 2011

Progress and Patience

amywink December 22nd, 2011

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Blessing’s training continues to prove her excellent character. Last week (the above picture) she showed how well she was improving her balance and taking to the saddle. Which is a good thing since I am planning on taking a riding lesson soon to determine how best to proceed with her training–and my own.

She’s got some very good brakes on her, and stands quite nicely so far, always good in a driving pony as well as a riding pony

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And she’s moving very well and learning to hold herself in the proper frame.

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But the VERY exciting part from last week was this:

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And steady as she goes. not a kick, not buck, not a bite, just a sniff. Great progress for her.

For her brother and I, patience. We hold steady at 98.75 hours as the rain keeps coming. I wonder if I’ll finish those 100 hours in 2011 or whether it will be next year for that last hour and 15 minutes.

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This week, after more rain, the pasture where we drive looks like this:img_2785.jpg

So, again, no driving this week or probably next week either. More and more riding lessons in a covered arena seem like a good use of a wet, cool winter and it looks like I’ll have to finish that 100th hour in 2012.

But this week, more progress for Blessing. She’s really learning the bit this week and as usual, every time I see her, she’s developed more muscles, looking better, more grown up. Malen reports her balance is very good and I can see her moving better.

Today, I got to see her work on the long lines, which showed how well she really is responding to the bit. Again, her approach to the situation: calm and steady.

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She really looked like she was concentrating hard on getting things right. She also didn’t make on tail switch or one kick at the long line around her hock. Since she’d been described as “kicky”, I had been waiting for the kicking explosion and this certainly was an instance where she might start. But she didn’t. Good girl. Very good girl.

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