Started off kinda scary, the temp was down and it was windy. The cremello was loping around, lunging himself, and Cricket went from 0 to 100 in a blink of an eye. She walking like she's dead behind me then she's 3 feet in the air, tail flagged, kicking out, running in circles around me. JEESH. It took forever to get to the barn!
She's all excited. But she loaded without the other door open! GRADUATION! She just walked right in! And then moved over to her spot so I could close the slant.
Rebel came. First time he was ridding in a year, and he broke loose TWICE while trying to load him. We were ALL apprehensive about having him along.
But once we got there, everyone was perfect. Cricket was calm, I got on with the stirrup, got to use my new gear (! YEAH !) and she walked off like it was no big deal. But then, she seemed to be taking care of Rebel.
She kept looking back for him, and stopping herself to wait for him to catch up (he walked like molasses). If we were on the R side of him, she was fine, but if we were on the L side, she kept swinging her butt towards him, and I was afraid she was gonna kick. She never did, but I was afraid, If we were in single file, and she was #2 (and even #1 for awhile!!!) she was good. It was just if she got out of single file, and saw him, she fussed over him. Like she was trying to reassure him.
We saw TWENTY armadillos! They are super noisy when they run into the brush. Cricket startled at the first 5 or so, then she kinda figured it out there was nothing to fear. One even ran alongside of us, and she took a GOOOOD LOOOOK at it, haha. After that, rustling in the brush didn't even phase her.
We jogged a bit, she kept it kinda slow - nice! I didn't get the chance to canter. We were afraid of holes in the fields b/c of the dillos.
But she has been very good. I want to wean her off the calm stuff, but not sure when...
Next ride we may go back to Heyne, and may not be until Jan since Dec is busy for everyone (and Dana is getting married Dec 14). I've invited Barb Freisenhahn to come, and maybe Esther. I think Dave would like to come, but he's afraid Missy will die.
I forgot to post lol. I thought about it, then forgot, now here it is 1:30 AM Thurs!
The ride was Sat the 16. Lazy F is an oilfield property, with oilfield things, including cattle, on it. 3400 acres or something, 4 square miles, 75 miles of trails, through semi cleared terrain. I liked it! It had so e pebbly places, so need Cricket’s boots next time.
She was nervous, 10 other horses. Took her a good 45 mins to calm down (jigging and jawing, looking in the trees for scary things), but once she did, she was awesome again. A few startle shenanigans, but tackled all obstacles with no hesitations. I think she’s getting the hang of this!
Going on ANOTHER trail ride tomorrow! I asked Nikki to ride on my birthday, and it has turned into a group thing tomorrow, with the option to ALSO go to Brackenridge just me and her next weekend, for my birthday!
And, I am buying stuff... bought the wither strap a few weeks ago so I can use that tomorrow, but also bought a horn bag a few days ago (not here yet) which is insulated so I can take food. My saddle bags that I have had as long as Cricket are a mess - the vinyl lining has decayed and ripped. I was going to fix them, but it's so much effort... and I don't like the straps... blah. Was easier to buy something else.
So I decided on the horn bag, insulated. Bought an expensive-r one from a reputable brand so it should last forever. Then I was looking at other cantle bags, even though the green one is still in good shape. Found a black one from Cashell that has an extra pocket specifically for a jacket/raincoat. I like it. Then found clearance saddle bags from Trail Max/Outfitters (well made, super reputation) so I bought them. Can still use my cantle bag with that, so may not buy the cantle bag. And added a curb strap that was not leather and not chain, and not expensive. All will be here next week.
Very excited! Butterflies already! Just a little concerned about how wet everything will be.
We'll see how it goes!
Oh and Outfitters has a very nice western D twisted snaffle - it's floral engraved! But it's almost $80. But so I know where to find it again, if I so decide lol.
Had a GREAT time at Heyne Ranch! Cricket was PERFECT. SHE was all stupid rubbing and excited at the trailer, but as soon as I got on her she was all business.
She walked up and down the hills, without much control from me, like she KNEW that was what she was supposed to do. We even closed a gate! I had to tell MYSELF to put her in the position she was used to, and then she did it ❤️
We loped - LOPED! A short way, so relaxed and comfy. What a great girl!
I rode with the saddle, we had a nice short session in the arena. I cantered 1/4 around each way just to do it. I kinda wet my pants the first way... she picked up the correct lead both directions, however the left lead (2nd direction) she did pin her ears back. She stopped well both ways.
So I took her back to the barn and decided to ride her bareback back to the pen. I didn't want to waste the ground by getting on in the arena, so I thought I'd try the ledge to the feed barn.
I had gotten on her with the saddle there, so... she moved over, and I "threw" myself towards her. She put her neck up and I could tell she was like WHAT?! and I didn't quite make it over her back, and she started to walk off. I slid off, walked her back over, gave her a treat, and tried again.
This time, I landed correctly, with my hips over her back. SHE DIDN'T MOVE! I was able to scramble up and over and sit up! WHEW! And she didn't move! I was so excited I yelled out WE DID IT!! She turned her head back towards me and I was rubbing her and saying good girl, I think she was expecting a treat. I can't remember if I gave her one... but I said Lets get out of here before we both hit our heads! And as we walked out of the barn I yelled WOO HOO!!
HAH! I felt so good!
She was so good for me... all the way back, too. One benefit of riding more, we re-establish our friendship bond.
October 26 or 27! Nikki, Dana and ME. HEYNE RANCH! I hope she's ready! She's been calmer, but...
And last night, bareback, I led Missy back to the pen. The whole ride, even before the end, Cricket was calm...
I'm scared to go on the ride. I know it's because of my ride on Cruise last year. I haven't attempted a ride since then. I know it's Cricket, not Cruise, and it's not life threatening cliffs and rocks... just scared. I think I'll be alright. The only "cliff" was down to the river, and we might not even take that same route. And we did it before. And I know a little more about "cliffs" now than I did before. So really no reason to be scared.
She is coming along. She still gets nervous with another horse around, but it may just be that the horse is a stallion. Not sure who Nikki will be riding when we go out, but she said Sunny is leaving for Arizona in a few weeks, so I know it won't be him.
Sunday with the saddle, in the arena, she didn't want to walk, so we jogged for... it seemed like 20 mins, but I really don't know how long it was. I was posting the whole time, and she varied between roadster fast and english trot. She was soaked, dripping, foaming, and POOPED. When we finally stopped and walked again, she walked so nicely. HAHA. But as soon as she started to jig again, - off we went! This time just for a few mins. Then I think she got the idea. "Lets Just Walk."
My legs were extremely sore Monday. And Tuesday. But Tuesday I was able to go back, and put the bareback pad on her and we just walked and did footwork in the arena. She was very good. Then I took her back, but made her walk past the gate (one small crop whack) and then she was nervous. More horses, and to make it even more scary, the roof on the shed corner was loose and flapping in the wind. She did question me, but eventually we made it to the end of the lane, and the cow pasture gate was open. But I didn;t make her go in there. I stood her there for awhile, then we went back. I got off before we got to her gate. She actually was VERY GOOD overall. I was happy with her.
So happy, I contacted Peter Heyne about riding over there at the ranch again....
We shall see. She is still on the Calm, but I have the Springtime Daily Calm in hand.
Lots of stress and frustration at the new place, mostly due to separation anxiety. Really getting old. I’ve been bringing Missy along, but its time to stop that. And Missy is being mischievous, causing trouble with the stallion Stoli lol.
So besides run up and touch the ball, I’m “transfering” some ground tricks to saddle. She already knows bow, so now working on yes and no. I think she’s almost got the no. So smart. I realized she just takes everything to the max, whether good or bad.
Well, moved the horses to their new home yesterday. Put them in the pasture, they went to eat the grass, and never looked back. I felt like they would forget me.
Today after work, I stopped on my way home. It was 5:15 when I got there, gave myself about a half hour to stay. Took my grooming tote, the flyspray and the stick. Walked the "MILE" (not really) to the shed, realized I didn't have the halters. DUH. Well, the round pen was kinda far from them anyway...
Almost there, they both looked up. I waved. Then they went back to eating. But as I got closer, they looked again, and something must have been familiar. It was actually Missy who whinnied - VERY LOUDLY! She never has done THAT. I said "HI GIRLS!" and then Cricket whinnied!! Then she whinnied again! That was nice :)
So I went into the pasture, and Cricket came to me first. I gave her a treat. Then Missy. I started to spray Missy; she did not go away!! Then I got Cricket. SHE did not go away! I pulled out the Scarlex and then Cricket tried to go away. Had to bribe her with another treat. But I got a good dose on her boo-boo, which is looking better. She stayed still for it, too.
Then Missy came over and wanted me to pet her face. <3 Then I had Cricket do some tricks, so I could give her another treat. Then I gave Missy the last one. Missy was just all in my zone, wanting me to stroke her and talk to her. SHE NEVER DOES THAT. I started crying!
I wonder if they thought I had abandoned them there? And they were so glad to see me :) Now they know I will be back. They watched me leave.
It was so weird not to feed them. Oh, and my fish was still happily digging in all the algae! HE even looked happy! But I was feeling very emotional, like a reverse homesickness. But they haven't forgotten me.
So tomorrow I will remember the halters and maybe take Cricket down to the roundpen.