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Best Laid Plans

amywink February 5th, 2011

Winter is upon us and despite my plans to get back into a driving routine, we have been thwarted by the weather. This week it remained below freezing for 70 hours and the last bit of those hours were marked by actual snow. Of course, it wouldn’t have been enough for sleighing, but it did keep me indoors except for brief forays to take some photos for evidence.

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It’s not Chicago, of course, but an inch is pretty much all we get in Texas so we’re impressed.

The ‘Arctic Blast’ kept me from seeing the horses too but I did get a drive in last Saturday, before the temperatures plummeted. We headed down in the morning to check in on Windy, who is making excellent progress in her training. Lisa had a chance to see her driven, and also ride along. I was on Photographer’s Duty!

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Doesn’t she look lovely?

Once we got home from the visit, I got Will out for our first drive since our lesson (and another lesson for me) I’m still working on the new hand position but I like it very much. Because I’m used to the reins slipping, which is not correct, I’m working out feeling like I have too *much* tension on the reins, which is correct. Unlearning can be a challenge but I am getting more comfortable with the new hand position and Will is adjusting accordingly.

We had a few discussions in which he expressed some concerns about my intent, and a few frustrations with my expectations. But we worked it out pretty well and he eventually decided he’d do as I requested–though it was clear he was slightly annoyed that I’d gone off and learned something new that involved him doing something more challenging. img_9340.jpg

I have noticed several significant improvements. I had been driving from the center of the seat to alleviate the heavy right hand issue I have had in the past and because I couldn’t seem to manage even tension on the reins. But I moved the seat back to the right so Francine could ride alongside during my lesson and on my drive last Saturday, I hadn’t yet returned it to the middle and found myself up and ready to go before I noticed it–since moving it involves a loud ripping sound of velcro being disengaged, I decided to just drive from the right. And to my surprise, and pleasure, I didn’t have the same issues any more. The new hand position, combined perhaps with the year and a half of driving, has made a difference in my contact from the right. Additionally, since learning the new hand position and the corresponding whip position (holding it more upright toward 11 o’clock), I find it much easier to manage both. So far.

The weather will delay my next drive until next weekend at least–and who knows what the weather next weekend will be exactly, but Punxsutawney Phil promised an early spring, so maybe we’ll miss more cold weather and get back to driving! My goal this spring is to make it to the Heart of Texas Morgan Show in April. Here’s hoping for that early spring!!

Sunday Drive

amywink September 4th, 2010

Our last Sunday drive in August started early but very cool! Finally, a break in the summer heat and our temperature was at 69 for the start. It was a good day for photography too and I manage to get several shots I’d had in my head for a long time.

Like this one:
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Throughout our early morning drives, I have been watching our shadows, thinking of this photograph, so I was extremely pleased to get this shot. Since we’ve had some time off, Will’s approached our drives more positively, looking more like he’s having a good time. We’ve enjoyed some new trails as well and he’s enjoying those too. Though the hills are making him work harder, we’re rewarded by the views ahead. This shot has also been in my head for a while:

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We’re conditioning for the Plum Creek Swap Drive in October, a goal I’ve had for the year. He’s looking very good, though prefers a very pokey walk by the end of our drives.

Blessing is beginning to get some lessons too! My goal for her this coming year is the HOTMHC Fun Show in April. Hopefully, we will be able to show her in hand before she heads off to driving training. She got her first lesson in standing last weekend–from Lisa–and we finally got one good stand out of her–though she was really not sure it was worth the trouble.

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This weekend will mark the third month with us and she’s settled in quite nicely, adding a cheerful presence to our herd. She’s quite the happy horse and compliments her brother’s more complex personality very well. I think she rolls her eyes at him quite often.

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Happy Birthday, Will!

amywink July 19th, 2010

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Will turned 9 years old today!

He got a nice massage yesterday for his birthday, and, of course, his biggest present came 6 weeks ago. He might not have been too sure about her then but after some time together, he seems to have decided she’s a pretty good companion after all.

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They are looking more and more alike and spending lots of time close together. Today, Blessing busted out of the trees when she thought Will had gone to the barn with me, calling and calling for him. She found him, though, because we hadn’t left at all and I watched them greeting each other happily, then wander off together.

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Here he is checking out where she is, way off in the trees, looking very majestic and grown up.

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Happy Birthday, dear boy.

Six Weeks

amywink July 19th, 2010

This Saturday, Blessing celebrated six weeks in her new home!

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She’s settling in quite nicely and seems very comfortable!

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And she and her brother are getting along very well. Here they are running up in Sunday morning–the photo is foggy because the camera fogged up in the humid air—-but I think the image is still clear enough!

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Arachnophobia/Arachnophilia

amywink July 12th, 2010

After a week of rains, the spiders were out on Saturday. Every fence along my route to Taipan Station as covered in spider webs. The dew had collected on them, making them shine in in the early morning light. The grasses were also covered in webs, like little parachutes resting on the grass. But look at the wrong angle and they disappeared in the sunrise. Once I got to TS, I was able to stop along the road and try to take some photos.

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And then, I focused on the spiders. These are all different individuals.

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On Sunday, I manage to catch one preparing a little breakfast snack.

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