Monday, November 12, 2012

Some Issues and Getting Them Fixed

Rogo is back at Fraser Equestrian Centre for the winter. He went back the first of October and I've been travelling back and forth for three lessons a week. I usually stay in my living quarters one night a week to save driving time (it's over 3 hours of driving for a round trip).
Things are going really well, but we haven't been without setbacks. His shoeing got off last spring resulting in him taking a 'hopping' step at the trot every so often and I could only walk with him for weeks. That's when the behind the leg thing got started again. To back track a bit, this has been an issue for us since he was backed. Last winter we completely overcame it, to the point that our main focus was getting him to respond to slowing down. Not that being in front of your leg means going fast, but I think you know what I mean...
Then my foot (morton's neuroma) made riding so painful I was off balance all the time, then my saddle needed adjusting and I didn't realize it and all the skin got rubbed off the inside of my legs around the knee. Very painful. I have a WOW saddle and all it needed was a little air in the back and problem completely solved. I can't believe it got that bad before I clued in. Then shoeing off again and more hopping (not good for any horse and without we don't have the first rung of the pyramid). It was all very challenging.
So there you have it - a series of issues that kept Rogo and I off balance for months :(
Anyway, enough of that - I think everything is fixed, as of a few days ago, so it's onwards and upwards.
While Rogo was home for 2 months we back slid, partly because of lack of lessons and partly because of the issues above, so I tried to keep my expectations reasonable when we went back to lessons. Hmmm, me reasonable. Well, okay, I did go through some frustration. Bad, bad dressage rider.
We went in the Cindy Ishoy clinic in mid Oct. I LOVE her clinics. If you ever have a chance to ride in one, do it! We just did training level basics, but it was what we needed. It was a warm, beautiful weekend. Here is the view to the outdoor ring, out of one side of the living quarters in my trailer:

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Here's the view out the opposite window, gorgeous leaves:

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 Since then we've got in better balance and we're working on more level one and two - shoulder in, travere, walk/canter/walk, 10 m canter circles. Forward is our #1 goal through out and we need to develop it again to be able to reach our goals. I say 'our' goals, but I'm sure Rogo's goals would be more about hanging out in the pasture, or being brushed and eating apples. Speaking of goals, I keep thinking more and more about wanting to learn to do small jumps. I think Rogo would really enjoy it.
I've been VERY busy with out facility building. The foundation is completely in now. Here's a picture of when it was in progress:
 Photo: The foundation is finished as of today!
 Doug has built a lean to onto the RV he stays in when he's up there. It will be the winter work camp and we just put a new wood stove in it - it will be great to have hot chocolate and Baileys by the fire after  a cold day working outside. Here I am trying it out :)

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 The arena was supposed to start going up this week, but I learned on the weekend it may be a couple of more weeks before they start. It will be a tough winter, but worth it. I'm starting to plan our events for next year and we're both looking forward to that.
Something odd has happened though and I think it's related to our building and plans - someone I thought was my friend suddenly started sending very negative emails to me, then cut off communication with me, then started generating negativity about me and our facility plans - all with no explanation. At first I was just confused. Now it makes me sad and wary when I think about it, but I try not to. There are too many good things happening to let it drag me down. Also, as I write this, I'm realizing it frees me in a way - I can just let it go and get on with positive work. We'll have the facility and the ability to build the programming we want.

Okay, enough about the facility - back to Rogo. Cindy Ishoy is coming AGAIN the end of Nov. / first of Dec. Yeah! I'm psyched to work hard to demonstrate improvements when she gets here. We'll focus on forward, getting sharper responses to transitions - hmmm, guess those are related; and for me - the ever threatening to take over, too strong left rein (note to self: let it go already).
I've been missing my blogger community as the  facility buidling is taking up more and more time. Hope you're all having a great fall and getting in lots of riding.