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Date:4/24/2014 5:04:34 AM
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*** SORRY FOR THE LONG BLOG!! but it's worth the read :) ***

good morning everyone :)
i first off just want to say thank you to everyone for zig's HOTD win on saturday! it was a huge surprise to see him in the spotlight again and kind of ironic because he also got HOTD last february on valentines day :) so that's two HOTD wins in the same month only a few days apart over one year hahah wierd right?! lol but thank you!

I actually did get to ride yesterday which was nice even though it was only 27 degrees outside with a big windchill hahah horse people are crazy if i must say ;) it was a rough start but by the end of the lesson, we nailed the course and my trainer said that my form and ability to handle zig has improved tremendously over the past year! and that's another thing, i've now been riding ziggy for a year and i can't believe how far we've come and how fast it's gone by! i wouldn't be anywhere without him and my wonderful trainer <3 back to my lesson: we only did two jumps in the form of a right circle on the right lead. we jumped the wooden vertical and then circled immediately to the right along the fence and then took a sharp right turn to the white cross rail and repeat. he was super collected the entire time and i felt like we were snailing along but my trainer said that we were almost at a hand gallop haha! (which is funny because when i first started riding it felt like we were FLYING even though we were only barely crawling along!) he kept getting really fast and heavy after the wooden vertical and i had to really use my seat and get my heels down to help slow him down. one time he was pretty strong and i was kind of in a forward-slightly-out-of-the-saddle position and when i asked him to slow he kind of bounced which knocked me off balance and then he shot forward again and i fell off over the side. i did like a forward/sideways roll and i rolled on my neck funny so it's pretty sore today but other than that im fine and of course zig did what he always did and just stood there and stared at me like "what are you doing down there?" hahah but the upside is that my thighs don't hurt like they usually do when jess makes me do my stirrupsless two-point laps! which is nice haha anyways sorry for the long blog but here's a vote and thank you for the HOTD win!

love,
sierra and the herd
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