Thursday, April 29, 2010
I have so much respect for the ladies that hunted and rode sidesaddle all of the time "back in the day".
It sure looks like Christmas out there today though. We've had a winter storm blow through and we have quite a bit of snow. The roads are nasty so I'm having a day of working from home. Luckily it's not too cold, it's just wet and white. I'll have to try and get some pictures up later!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I got lots of funny looks when I was wandering around with one tall boot and one paddock boot on. LOL Kinda looked like I got dressed in the dark.
As did this outfit! Lucky green socks, cowboy boots, navy breeches and my nice coat (forgot to bring a practical one!). Not to worry, I only wore this while I was grooming/tacking up. So then I went and got dressed and brought my habit over to the ring. I can't seem to gracefully mount (even with help) with all of it on so I usually get on and then get "dressed" on the horse. Here's the classic one tall boot, one paddock boot look prior to getting dressed. My wonderful boyfriend (/groom/boot shiner/runner etc) standing by. I believe after this picture was taken I bailed off. I didn't realize that the draft horses went right after me, so when I saw the 6 horse draft team coming out way and Brigit started to get all googly eyed I decided I was better off on the ground! LOL That was the only thing that caused her to really spook.
Then we got dressed and waited for our turn to go in. And then it was our turn! Off we go, here goes nothing! I was most worried about her spooking due to applause, the stands were PACKED.
There you have it! We talked to the event photographer before we left to see if she might have any photos of us and she said she'd send them to me. I'm hoping she got some good ones!
Oh and here's a video of us cantering. We managed to get TWO flying lead changes from the right lead to the left lead using just my cane. It was pretty neat, we got applause for both of them.
Here's the link to the youtube version if you'd like to see it a bit bigger. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waPopXRF4hk
I was so thrilled when we left the ring. Brigit was great, so much better than I had expected from the normally spooky mare. It was fun to get all dressed up and show off what we'd been practicing. I think our sidesaddle debut went great!
Friday, April 23, 2010
What else..... I need to remember to bring my english saddle and my sidesaddle, cane, girths, saddle pads, brushes, bath supplies (just in case!) show sheet, hay, wheelbarrow and pick.
Anything else?? I hope I don't forget anything! I'm starting to get REALLY excited now!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
She did not appreciate her bath all that much, but for once actually let me wash her head off! That never happens, we usually get into a game of "big brown giraffe". Even so, I still managed to get about as wet as she was! lol After we were done she was shiny and her white socks & stripe were actually white. I coated her in show sheen in hopes that I can keep her clean-ish over the next few days. We shall see!
I haven't shown in forever and I forgot how long it takes to get ready to go out in "public" so to speak.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I've decided that Brigit just gets far too frazzled at this point to try and do a proper dressage tests, she doesn't like to do a nice canter to trot transition and insists on trying rocket back into the canter. So I think I'm going to trot to an entire song and then canter to a song and just keep it simple.
Wanna know what our songs are? We're going to trot to Corb Lund's "Shine up my Boots" and we're going to canter to Doris Day's "Que Sera Sera". I was also really tempted to use Dolly Parton's "9-5" song. They're all so fun! I found that I can get two figure 8's of trot done in the first song and then a canter serpentine and a circle done in the second song. Perhaps we do need that third song? Hmm.....
We played with some more flying changes (astride) last night too and found out that we can get a perfect change when going from the right lead to the left lead but vice versa is a disaster. I'd looove to execute a perfect flying change in our demo but I think that might be pushing it. Besides, it might be tough to get that "good" change just using the cane as a cue. Might have to play with it some more!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
So it looks like I'm going to be doing the sidesaddle demonstration at the Mane Event all by myself. I'm definitely a little bit nervous about it but I think it'll be exciting! We're either going to shine or have a lot of people watch us crash and burn! LOL I think we can pull it off though, I had an absolutely fantastic ride aside the other day, Brigit was phenomenal. The only thing I'm worried about is her being nervous/spooky at the event. There's going to be a LOT of people there. I guess we'll see though! Practice, practice, practice until then!!! I think I'm going to haul out to another arena saturday to get her out and about and see how she reacts.
I finally think I've decided on some music to ride to, it won't be a precise Kur but it'll be fun. I think we're going to do our trotting to Corb Lund's "Shine up my Boots" song and cantering to Doris Day's "Que Sera Sera". I still have to download the songs and make sure they're going to work though. So much to do!
Shadow is healing well. The scratches on her chest are looking good and her leg is healing up. It's definitely going to take some time before it's completely healed over but it'll get there. Then we've got to decide what to do with her. *sigh* I hate being in this position.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Anyways, that's all for today.