Update October 15th, 2013: Pony has had some mysterious offness for over four months now.....so our riding has been on hold and very irregular since May. You can read a brief summary of the offness in this post.
Disclaimer : I don't expect any one else to read this! I want to try and keep record of my rides so that I have something to look back and reference at! I figure its a good idea to have it for myself, in case I have questions or need to know a specific date in which something happened, or anything else!
January 2nd, 2015 - Pasture ride with Yana...This was my first notice that Pony was being hot....she was hard to get to stop on the trail....hard to open gates etc.
December 31st, 2014 - New years eve. We did more round pen work without a bridle....we walked around the ranch with only a rope around her neck, opened gates as well.
December 30th, 2014 - English. I took her to the round pen and worked on my seat at a trot....we trotted about half an hour, only a lap or two of lope. She was very well behaved and felt good, very lazy and slow. She was kinda spazzy around gates but not too bad. .5 hours
(2 Western 1 English 1 Bareback)
May 22nd, 2013 - .75 hours
May 18th, 2013 - .5 hours
May 17th, 2013 - 1.5 hours
May 16th, 2013 - 1.5 hours
May 15th, 2013 - 1 hour
May 14th, 2013 - 1.5 hours
May 11th, 2013 - Cowboy Club. Dakota 1 hour
May 11th, 2013 - Cowboy Club. Pony 1.5 hours
May 10th, 2013 1.5 hours
May 9th, 2013 - English 1 hour
May 8th, 2013 - 2 hours
May 7th, 2013 - 2.5 hours
May 6th, 2013 - Bareback. Walked/trotted in arena. She fussed and was bad at the lope, it was super rough, didn't push it. 1 hour
May 3rd, 2013 - Western. Rode in arena for a while. She was super calm at the lope, which I think is from lots of loping the day before. 1.5 hours
May 2nd, 2013 - Western. We rode in the arena, lots and lots of loping. Then, we went to pasture and rode around for a bit there. 2 hours
May 1st, 2013 - English. Pony. 1 hour
(11 Western 3 English 3 Bareback 17 Total)
April 30th, 2013 - English. Pony, in arena. We loped a lot, lots of fun! She is so good english. 1.5 hours
April 25th, 2013 - Western. Pony. 1 Hour
April 23rd, 2013 - Western. Kadin. Worried about him, he threw a hissy fit when he didn't want to lope. I think he's having a tougher time the older he gets. 1 hour.
April 23rd, 2013 - Bareback around the ranch. She is still not 100 percent awesome. Definitely forward. 1 hour
April 19th, 2013 - Western. Rode Pony in arena, and she was still strung out from cows. She was a little crazy, and super unresponsive. Finally, I took her up to upper and let her run around. She blew off some steam. Then I rode her around the ranch bareback in a halter. Which is what I should have done in the first place. 2 hours
April 18th, 2013 - Western. Dakota. Frustrating ride after my frustrating lesson on Pony. 1.5 hours.
April 18th, 2013 - Western. Lesson. Worked cows. She was good at first, but slowly got strung out. Ended in arena for a long time. 2 hours
April 16th, 2013 - Western. She was okay. Nothing amazing. I should have worked longer, but I didn't. 1 hour.
April 12th, 2013 - Bareback. Rode rooster. Lots of loping ! 1 hour
April 12th, 2013 - English. She did good. I didn't ride her long, she was well behaved. 1 hour
April 11th, 2013 - Western. This is the day I took her to roping practice. She did good for the situation. 1.5 hours.
April 10th, 2013 - Bareback on Kadin. He was bad on his right lead, great on his left. Good ride overall. Love me some K. 1.5 hours
April 9th, 2013 - English. She did good. She gave me a slow trot and a nice transition. She was very good. Short ride due to being so good. 30 minutes.
April 8th, 2013 - Western. We had a nice ride and finished working with ropes and learning how to rope. She did really good, She was very calm around the rope. 2 hours
April 5th, 2013 - Western. SUCH A GOOD RIDE. I gave 100% and so did she. 2 hours.
April 4th, 2013 - Western. She is still having trouble with left lead lope, mysterious swelling? Worked on trotting over tarp. She did so good! 1.5 hours
April 2nd, 2013 - Western. Had a nice easy warm up, pony was definitely hot. Then we played with tarps and balls and noodles and such. 2 hours
(11 Bareback 10 western 5 English 26 Total)
March 29th, 2013 - Western/Bareback. Rode Pony and Kadin. Took pictures. Pony was bad in arena. 1 hour
March 27th, 2013 - Western. Rode Pony. Bad ride. Started off good, ended up working her for a long time to get any semblence of calm trot. 1.5 hours.
March 26th, 3013 - Bareback. Rode Kadin! We loped all over the place, it was AWESOME. 30 minutes.
March 26th, 2013 - Western. Rode Pony. She was slightly off/unhappy. 30 minutes.
March 25th, 2013 - Western. Rode Kadin!!!!! So much fun. Hes such a cool horse! 45 minutes.
March 25th, 2013 - Western. Jumped on Dually. Really cool horse! Helped out Mary with Posting and trotting. 15 minutes
March 21st, 2013 - Western. Ponys leg was swollen, washed Kadins butt with blue shampoo. Rode Chief at Periera with Shannon. 1.5 hours
March 19th, 2013 - English/Bareback. Western saddle was unavailable, so I took pony up to ride in an english saddle. Let the cows out, it was windy. She was fine at the walk but wouldn't settle down into a trot, so I took her to empty arena and let her run around. Jumped on bareback afterwards, and let her see the cows again. She was high strung but better after that. 1.5 hours.
March 19th, 2013 - Western. Rode Chief. Worked on his lope departure, I don't remember how terrible his trot was! We cooled out in pasture. 1.5 hours.
March 18th, 2013 - Bareback. Rode Chief. 1.5 hours.
March 17th, 2013 - Western. Rode Brett! 30 minutes.
March 17th, 2013 - Bareback. Rode in Arena, then up on hill. 1.5 hours.
March 15th, 2013 - English. Rode CASH. He was bad, mostly walked. 1.5 hours.
March 15th, 2013 - Bareback. Rode up on hill. 1 hour
March 14th, 2013 - English then Bareback. 1 Hour
March 13th, 2013 - Bareback. 45 minutes
March 12th, 2013 - English. 45 minutes
March 11th, 2013 - Bareback. Upper arena. Trotted telephone cord REALLY successfully. 30 minutes
March 8th, 2013 - Bareback. Went up on hill, rode around the ranch some. 1 hour.
March 7th, 2013 - Bareback, I finally used a bareback pad and it made so much difference, we loped successfully a lot. 1 hour
March 7th, 2013 - English, CASH! First lesson with Maddie. Pretty okay ride, feeling out a new horse, new tack etc. 1 hour
March 6th, 2013 - Western, worked on lope departure from walk. 1 hour
March 4th, 2013 - Western, we loped a lot, I think she might be in heat. Lots of loping, short ride. 30 minutes
March 1st, 2013 - Worked on groundwork, rode bareback and bridle less 1.5 hours
(2 Western 2 Bareback 3 Total)
February 28, 2013 - Western at Robertson! Tough ride, ended on a good note! 2 hours
February 25th, 2013 - Western, she did a sliding stop! Great ride! 30 minutes.
February 20th, 2013 - Rode Western. Maybe for 15 minutes total! She gave me super easy gaits, no problems! Such a good ride! .25 hours.
February 18th, 2013 - Tried on English saddle
February 8th, 2013 - Bareback, around the ranch a few times, she was obviously hot. Took her in the round pen to work on some fun ground work, then I jumped on bareback with no rope, no halter. Figure 8s, even trotted figure 8s. .5 hours.
February 1st, 2013 - Bareback, she was clearly sore, wouldnt lope. Frustrating day. She did lope going up the slight incline where I park, and it was beautiful. No squeezing, I sat it great. 1.5 hours.
January Totals 16 rides 19.5 hours.
(4 Bareback 8 Western 4 English 16 Total)
January 31st, 2013 - Western. Trail ride at Del Valle. Really good ride! Little Big Man and Pony. She was great going downhills. 2.5 hours
January 30th, 2013 - English. We jumped, she really impressed me. Washed her legs, rode kadin bareback. Gave Kadin a bath. 2 hours.
January 29th, 2013 - Western. way better in arena, totallly bad on the hill. She was just excited, hadn't been out in a while. 1.5 hours.
January 28th, 2013 - Western. She was totally terrible, got nothing done, almost made me cry from being unmanageable. Finally had Amanda check saddle. Didn't fit. 1.5 hours.
January 25th, 2013 - Western. She was crazy in lope, terrible ride, got nothing done. 45 minutes
January 23rd, 2013 - English, walked and trotted, butt still swollen 30 minutes.
January 18th, 2013 - Western, only walked and long trotted. She was sore and swollen from being kicked or kicking. 30 minutes.
January 17th, 2013 - Western. She was great. Easy lope, easy trot, worked on lateral movement and on collection. 1 hour
January 16th, 2013 - Western. She was hot, nice easy lope at first, and then crazy lope. We ended on a pretty good note though. Lesson tomorrow. 45 minutes.
January 15th, 2013 - Bareback. Haven't seen her in quite a few days. So I only had a few minutes, I groomed her good, she kept all of her braids in! I jumped on her and walked around a few minutes bareback. She cut her lip. 30 minutes.
January 10th, 2013 - English. She was great. We are really starting to get a great english seat. Worked on two point, even did two point while cantering! Great ride. 2 hours.
January 9th, 2013 - English. She was crazy! Remembered she was a mustang. No cantering, just walk/trot. Lots of posting and two point. She finally relaxed. 2 hours
January 7th, 2013 - Western. Finally tacked her up after two and a half weeks with no real work. She was pretty dang good considering how crazy she can be! She was good trotting, then we loped and she was wonderful. Our problems began with trotting again. But after a lot of bounces and sitting back and deep, she relaxed. She bowed some, got some carrots, and had to follow me around without the lead for a while. Fought over going towards the gate but we finally got over it. 1 Hour
January 4rd, 2013 - Bareback around the ranch, without bridle! Just rope around neck. She did very good considering! 1 hour
January 3rd, 2013 - Bareback, worked on bowing! She did good! Got on her bareback and bridleless in roundpen. 1 hour
January 2nd, 2013 - Bareback around the ranch, dirty after 2 weeks off! Hurt ankle, so we did some groundwork. She followed me a long way and in circles without me holding her lead. 1 hour
YTD 45.25 hours
(4 western 2 bareback 2 english 8 total)
The christmas craze set in and I forgot to record the two or three rides I had before I left for christmas, and now I can't remember exactly! Oh well!
December 17th, 2012 - English, She did good. We loped a little, and trotted a lot. Watched jumping lesson.
December 15th, 2012 - Western, Gymkhana!!!
December 14th, 2012 - Western. Super easy ride, she was slow. Gave me confidence for gymkhana
December 13th, 2012 - Western. Terrible ride, she was crazy, got me off twice, finally ended with not crazy loping. She was hot and I should have asked less of her at the time. I needed to stay more on her and keep her between my legs and provide more support.
December 7th, 2012 - Bareback...I loped her calmly!! First ever good experience loping bareback!
December 6th, 2012 - English. It was an alright ride. She was very lazy, but we worked through it.
December 5th, 2012 - Bareback ride, I LOPED HER! It was sketchy, but I still did it! I just need to relax, I had so much anxiety built up.
December 3rd, 2012 - Good ride, we did some cantering over poles, she did weird things on a lope circle, but then she was fine on the other side of the arena so I think there was something scaring her. She actually got me off by running straight at the wall.
(6.5 western 2.5 english 1 bareback 10 total)
November 29th, 2012 - Western, very long ride. She started being bucky, doing weird things. Need to warm up and focus longer, by doing repetitive things, like figure 8 for a good 10 minutes until feel her relax. Then she is wonderful.
November 27th, 2012 - She was antsy and wouldn't listen! She had just had her feet done and were anxious to eat. English. We worked a lot on walking.
November 26th, 2012 - Fleece pad made a huge difference! Easy good ride
November 25th, 2012 - Terrible ride, super humpy/weird in lope in arena, terribly anxious on hill. Began to think saddle fit may be an issue. I also think she got anxious on the hill because we were with a few other people.
November 21st, 2012 - Great ride. Western without stirrups, then got crazy. Switched to english, worked a lot on two point and started trotting over poles in two point.
November 20th, 2012 - Very short ride. walked around the ranch bareback for a few minutes, got to brush her and pick her feet. Its nice to give her days that she sees me but doesn't have to do much!
November 19th, 2012 - Awesome ride! English, super slow lope, did a lot of two point, much better two point trot.
November 17th, 2012 - I had a short ride in the arena. We had problems with left lead in loping, I think I kept asking her for it, and thinking she picked up the wrong lead (she's little and funny, its kinda hard to tell at times) and she got frustrated when I repeatedly stopped her and asked again, since she was doing what I asked, but I didn't think she was. I got the slowest most beautiful lope out of her right lead, a few decent rollbacks. Great ride.
November 16th, 2012 - I had lesson on pony to figure out buck. It was a long, tough lesson, but we got through it and she did really well, and was very responsive to me.
November 15th, 2012 - Rode pony in arena, she was very hot. I had a tough time trying to keep her attention and keep her focused. When by back gate of arena she tried to shoulder out when I asked for a lope, and when I got on her she bucked. I couldn't get her to pick up her left lead, which is not normal for her. After that I couldn't get her to calm down at all, she was very hot! I made her run for a while, then I finally stopped once she had calmed down a little, and then I got off, untacked and took her back into arena and lunged her where she had bucked.