Saturday, July 28, 2012

Riding Baythoven

I have only ridden two horses consistently in my life.  I started on a lesson horse.  Two years later I bought Boo.  I've been riding him ever since.  Bay has always been my husband's horse.  He's always been ridden by the hubby and what ever young lady was sponsoring him for 4-H, OHSET, shows, lessons, etc.  I've been on him maybe 5 times in 6 years.  Now that I'm going to be the one keeping him exercised I am going to have to learn what it's like to ride a horse with a completely different personality than Boo.

Bay is more laid back than Boo.  Some people read that as "lazy."  I guess he is a bit lazy.  He doesn't want to work, so he puts up a bit of a fuss in order to see if your up to the task of getting him to do what your asking.  Frankly, I am not quite sure I am up to the task.

I plan to start slowly.  Lots of ground work to get him to listen to me on the ground.  I guess we could call this the getting to know you phase.  Lots of walk/trot.  Since he almost unseated me when I asked for the trot on Thursday,  I figure we will just stick with getting the trot right before I move on to the canter.

Bay is a beautiful horse and his gaits are smooth.  Once we get a relationship going I think we will be fine.  He's only 15 and Boo is 23 so I'm kind of hoping that Bay will become my main riding horse when Boo is ready to retire. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Beautiful Boo

It's been awhile
since I've written anything for the blog.  I hadn't been riding...I kept trying to get back on a regular schedule but it never seemed to stick.  In June we made the decision to move the horses once again.  This time we brought them closer to home.  It's an older barn and they only get half day turn out, but I am riding again and that is what I'd hoped for.  Sarah has decided to move on from Baythoven starting in August. It's time for her to try new challenges before she goes off to college in the fall.  We will miss her but we understand.  So, now we are looking for another sponsor for Bay and, in the meantime, I am riding both horses.  The hubby really only has time to help out on the weekend.  If this doesn't whip me back into riding shape I don't know what will. 

I've also been pursuing my photography journey.  I took this photo of Boo at the new barn about a month ago.  I'm having a blast with this.  I'm trying all kinds of things but horse photography is my absolute favorite.

I'm looking forward to getting back to blogging.  I've been reading and keeping up with everyone. I doubt I'll be able to write daily, but I am hoping for once a week at least.