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Date:4/17/2014 4:10:44 AM
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Hello Hannah and Sunshine, here's a vote for you!!! The clinic was great! For those of you who don't know: my friend's older brother (Respeto Horsemanship) had a horsemanship clinic on Saturday. He mostly did ground-work with a 3 yo sorrel gelding that hadn't been worked with very much. He used a carrot stick, like the Parelli's. It was mostly stuff that I knew already, but it was still very interesting watching it "for real". He mostly got him used to the stick, then moving away from pressure and stopping and standing still. Then, after lunch, he worked with the saddle, and actually sat on him a couple times!! That was really neat.

I actually learned the most from watching everybody getting their horses groomed and saddled up for the trail ride afterwards. :~) One of my pet peeves is when horses don't respect their owners. So many of the horses didn't: they would move while the rider was still getting on, they would "drag" their handler over to the grass, they would "push and shove". It was an experience that made me realize how important R-E-S-P-E-C-T is!!! One lady was getting her (large) Paint out of the trailer. "Oh, he paws terribly." and "he needs to learn some manners", was what she said. Well, then teach him manners!! Teach them respect for their handlers.
Well, that's what I learned :~) Sorry, I didn't get any pictures. And I didn't get to go on the trail ride afterwards after all.

After I came home, I was "in the mood". I got Sweet Pea out and did some groundwork; ground-tying, lowering her head, moving away from pressure, and leading respectfully.
Then (with the Western) I took her out on a short ride, about an hour, but mostly walking and jogging.
On the field lane, I decided I'm going to try cantering. Well, the first time didn't go so well, but the next time I shortened my reins slightly, and went into a comfortable trot, like I was going to trot all day. Then, I quietly sent her into a canter. We cantered nicely for about 10 strides, then I pulled her up again. I think that's what we'll have to do, and work up until I can get her to canter for longer periods.
Then, she was getting really hyper (it was where we usually gallop) so I made her stop, and I took my feet out of the stirrups and just made her stand there for really long, then when I told her to go again, she was perfectly calm. I have to remember to do that!!

On Sunday, my dad's side of the family went on a hayride, then hiked and ate supper. The fall colors were so beautiful!!

Well, that was my weekend. How was yours? I hope it was great!!

Love from
Andrea and horses
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