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JR Ride 2 (Session 5): Everyone Knows It’s Windy

February 20, 2009

JR and me

Thursday, 2/19/09

Ah, the fickle weather of late February. We get a warm spell, we get a cold spell. We get sun, we get snow. And between weather systems in the late afternoon, we get majorly windy weather. Jumps toppled, garbage cans rolled, horses spooked. You know what I’m talking about.

JR has almost completely rolled all the cleanliness away from last week’s bath. I noticed that he’s a little sore when I curry his back. I might have to schedule an appointment for the equine chiropractor. Ka-ching, ka-ching.

I tacked JR up and we took a hand walk around the property before I rode. He’s green and I like to do as much groundwork and handling as possible so we can continue to get used to each other. JR bravely encountered a flock of robins, a fluttery tarp, and the oh-so-scary treeline. The nice thing about him is that even if something startles him, he recovers in less than a second. He’s not the kind of horse who frets for 15 minutes after seeing something scary.

After our walk, I longed JR for about 10 minutes in the outdoor arena. His longeing has improved so much- he’s an excellent pupil. And he’s a pretty mover. I think I heard him clip his hooves a few times- I’m assuming he was overreaching. I’ll ask my farrier about it when he visits on Saturday.

longeing

longeing

longeing

My friend Sarah was not able to make it to the barn today to do a lesson with me (school? instead of riding? what?!) so I decided to be brave and take my first solo ride on JR. On a really windy day. Outdoors. At feeding time.

How was he? Wonderful :^)

walk

I kept the ride short since the weather was getting a little wild and we had already been out for over half a hour with the walk and the longeing. We walked and did a bit of trotting. JR was pulling on my hands more- I’m guessing it had to do with the deeper footing of the outdoor arena and the wild weather. I kept JR on a large circle for our ride. He drifts and stalls a little by the gate but he’s easily persuaded to keep moving.

JR & Me

We also did some stretches. He’s a bendy little guy.

stretch

At the beginning and end of each ride, I always ask JR and Wizard to stand quietly for a minute or two after I mount and before I dismount. I think it’s a good habit for them. Before a ride, it’s nice to have a horse who can stand still while I adjust my stirrups and girth. I can do it on the move, but it’s just more pleasant to do these things at a standstill. I also ask both horses to face away from the barn when they are standing before I dismount. And I dismount away from the gate, usually in the canter of the arena or at the end.

After my ride, my mom got a few cute photos of me and JR.

JR & Me

Do not try this at home :^)

"No, Mr. Dentist, I have no idea how I chipped my tooth..."

After I put JR back in his stall, I took Wizard out and gave him a little grooming. He and JR are both shedding quite a bit. Wizard enjoyed stretching his legs and playing in the arena.

Wizard & Me

Wizard

Wizard

Wizard

And Windy has stormy eyes
That flash at the sound of lies
And Windy has wings to fly
Above the clouds (above the clouds)
Above the clouds (above the clouds)

11 Comments leave one →
  1. dangerouspenguin permalink
    February 20, 2009 8:37 am

    Although I am a firm believer that any colour is a good colour for a good horse, I generally prefer blacks, greys and dark bays to palominos and chestnuts. Even so, JR is one heck of a good-looking fellow!

  2. February 20, 2009 10:09 am

    Dangerous Penguin wrote:

    Even so, JR is one heck of a good-looking fellow!

    ___________________________________

    Agreed.

    It’s becoming obvious that she likes hairy, masculine (but well behaved) gentlemen. 😀

  3. February 20, 2009 10:10 am

    And oh hey.
    New blog layout this morning.

    The links on the right. Me like. 😉

  4. February 20, 2009 10:27 am

    Ha! I’m not much of a palomino girl myself but JR is one charming and handsome fellow.

    And in humans, I like em on the shaggy side, that’s for sure.

    Glad you like the new layout! I debated and debated and finally took the plunge last night.

  5. Kate permalink
    February 20, 2009 11:49 am

    Hey! I really have been enjoying your blogs. Great photos and interesting commentary on your two new projects. They are both fine looking guys!

    -Kate

  6. February 20, 2009 12:09 pm

    Hi Kate,

    I’m so pleased that you’re enjoying and following along with my adventures! It’s been a lot of fun working with these two and I love sharing their progress.

    Thanks for reading!
    Sarah

  7. Val permalink
    February 20, 2009 7:14 pm

    I came over from Flickr to read this.
    Very nice Sarah!
    JR is very handsome and it was great fun to read about your work with him.

    • February 21, 2009 12:52 am

      Hi Val, I really appreciate you checking out the blog! As I began to post more and more photos, I really wanted to tell the stories behind them. The blog is a fun blend of all my interests from racing to horse cookie recipes. I hope you enjoy it!

  8. Mary Louisa permalink
    February 21, 2009 9:00 am

    Hi , just wanted to say that EVA takes great pictures…

  9. February 21, 2009 9:16 am

    Thanks, Mary! I’ll be setting up a photo blog for Mom before I know it ;^) Thanks so much for stopping by- great to see you here.

  10. February 22, 2009 7:25 pm

    Ms. Andrew wrote:

    Do not try this at home :^)

    _________________________

    Not even thinking about it.

    Unless it was Carrot Cake or sumptin’. 😛

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