So many things to discussssssss!!
First, we have reached 30 followers! OMG we are famous!!! Ha, not really (compared to like, Denali or Gogo) but I thank you all for being interested in what I have to say and giving us many compliments. Ponyface thanks you :)
Secondly, college can go die.
Thirdly, I have discovered my brave little fart face's only fear. Rain drops. Yeah WTF right? Last night I was running on 3 hours of sleep and felt like a zombie so I figured riding would be not such a good idea and would be about as productive as watching grass grow. I just got MY BRAND NEW LUNGE LINE (WOOT) and decided to put it to use. I was all ready for a nice relaxing lunge sesh, since he hadn't been ridden in like a bagillion days, but what I got was a snorty, fire breathing, high trotting, head in the rafters pony from hell. THAT was unexpected.
ACK!! RAINDROPS FALLINGZ ON MAH HEAD!
Took me a minute to figure out what the hell is problemo was, since he is literally afraid of nothing (pretty sure I am afraid of more things...needles, the dark, thunderstorms, college, failure, etc). At first I thought it was his shadow on the wall since it was dark out, but it was the raindrops from the roof hitting the side of the arena. I guess at night raindrops sound like something you might find in your closet, as he was certain the wall was going to eat him for dinner.
He just would not settle, bolting all around actin' a fool. I always give him 2 "grace moments", meaning he gets, two bolts, two bucks, two times not getting the transition right away, and then after that, it is unacceptable. He spooked and twice and that was the end of that. I am a FIRM believer in ask, tell, make. The asking was his two bolts. I asked nicely to calm down and he did not listen. Tell was me giving a jerk on the line and stepping in front of his shoulder (usually the shoulder step makes him stop immediately). MAKE, was me majorly jerking on his face and releasing pressure AS SOON AS he gives. I did this for about 20 min. and he eventually got the idea that spooking was a no-no and relaxing like a good brave event horse was good. I was very happy to end the workout with him chewing the bit, accepting it and trotting/cantering in a very relaxed manner.
Fourthly and fifthly, I have been asked to be a demo rider for Cheryl's ICP clinic with Brian Sabo. WOOT! Hopefully lots of fancy rfamous peoples will be there to see me and my awesomeness. Ha, well really I di hope there will be important people there. I am always looking for ways to network more! Also, the Equine Affaire coordinator emailed ME, asking if I want to ride in the Reese Koffler Stanfield clinic. UM...YES! It is a dressage clinic about relaxing the event horse in the dressage arena. I love E.A. :) Only problem is that if I do that, I will have to miss TWO days of class, and I am not really comfortable with that :( College is kickin' my ass and two whole days would not be good. All my profs are super nice though (exception, my spanish prof) so they will prolly give me leeway.
Anyways, that was an exceptionally long post. Sorry, hope I didn't bore ya'll, I usually put in more pics...I am a picture person. My brain wanders if I have to read more than like 3 paragraphs, haha. Squirrel.