Sunday, May 20, 2007

Horsiey Weekend

Well, this was quite a good week end!
I jumped Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!
I hacked on Sunday!

Carlo was GREAT all weekend!
On Saturday we got to do all our flatwork in the field on the grass instead of in the ring.

First off, I've been doing a lot of no rein work at the walk with Carlo to begin with. On Sunday, I started doing it at the trot with a very loose rein. He was really good! He slowed down at a voice command and a stiffening of the back. He shortened his stride when I sat the trot with out the rein. He was so perfect, that I didn't want to jump him. I wanted to leave him with a good impression, even though I was given the option of jumping. Then we got to take a nice, LONG walk on the 'trail'. Carlo enjoys that.

But, one event mars this weekend. The Halter Issue.
Carlo broke his halter at Garden State. So, when a friend ran out to Horseman's Outlet on Saturday, I asked if she would pick up a cheap halter that I could pay her back for. Knowing me, she got a Nylon Breakaway halter in Purple. Well my trainer saw it and went, "Purple? Uhn-uh." She wants everyone to have a leather halter.
Well, after discussing it, we decided, we're keeping it. It's obviously not a safety issue, 'cause someone else has one, in blue.
Then I wondered if it was the color. Obviously, it ish.
I wondered if another person is allowed the blue one, 'cause blue ish a barn color. But, neither the other lady's horse, nor Carlo, are owned by the barn. They are privately owned.
Then I just gave up trying to reason it out, and I said to myself, "I don't really care 'bout the color. Its safe for him. So I'm using the purple halter. I won't let anyone, not even my trainer, though I love her dearly, tell me what colors I can put on my own, flaming horse."
So, I'm keeping the purple, no matter what anyone says.

So... after that, I had to go rant and rave 'bout the importance of horses to some people who believe they are better off as dog food and glue...
So, this entire weekend was spent with or talking 'bout horses. The perfect way to do it.
*sniffs* and I still smell of Carlo!!!!! Considering I took a nap against him today, that's not suprising... ^___^

Monday, May 14, 2007

Garden State

Well, I just got back from the Garden State Horse Show yesterday! It was tiring, but fun!
Carlo was GREAT! He did everything we asked of him, and a couple of things we didn't!
The only time he got crazy was when horses almost ran into him during the schooling sessions, and when a horse came at him head on, even though it was on the other side of the fence.

My mom rode him in the Pre-Schooling Hunter division on Thursday. I schooled him on Friday. Then on Saturday, I rode him in the Children's Equitation Division, which, contrary to other shows, ish only 2'3" at GS.
Then my mom rode him in the Pleasure classes, which are all flat.
We had a lot of fun, and the weather was really nice.
While we did some shopping there we found Mackenzie's Belts, that sells all sorts of handmade stuff. (( and I found a belt buckle that matches my cloak clasp!!
Then I saw it in purple. I pointed it out to my mom, and said, "Look! It's my cloak clasp! If only it was on a green and purple belt, it would be perfect!" Next thing I know, Mackenzie came over, and put it on a green and purple belt. Well, that was it! We HAD to get it!

Right now I really need to catch up on my sleep. Not only from the horse show, but from the play a couple of weeks ago.

On another hand, I've only got 'bout 3 weeks of school left!!!
Then it ish onto summer! But, I have to get a job to help pay for Carlo this summer... but all ish well, I'm hoping to get an evening job, so I can still spend my days out at the stable with Carlo.

Well, I'm gonna go now... so... tired... *yawns*