An Average Busy Day

Wow! The sunshine has been gorgeous so far this week. I thought it would be interesting to give an example of an average day at CRR when the weather is good. So here goes:

All arenas, including the Trail and Saddle Club, are open for business. Cathe rode Hook for a second time. At this rate, he’ll be ready to compete at the Central Coast Ranch Horse Classic, Cathe’s goal. I took Cotton and Piper to the Trail and Saddle Club thismorning. Both are really impressing me with their progress. When the ground is right, Piper is really finding his stop. Also, a clean flying change is now at about 80% of the attempts. This guy is going to have no trouble making the switch to cow horse. Cotton is just a great little athlete. He is by the paint stud, Like a Diamond, who is known for producing some nice reiners. This could be one of those. I like the short back and deep set hocks. Most of all, I appreciate the fact that both these horses have so much “try,” while still being quiet and trainable. Sometimes the two qualities don’t go hand in hand. Now I just need some cattle!!

I worked with Blackjack today on getting him to land on a particular lead as he comes off of a jump. I actually think that he’s getting it. There’s so much to looking where you’re going and planning ahead. You’d think I would know that after riding cow horses. But when I’m in the air, over a jump, it doesn’t always translate. It’s amazing how the old adage applies: “good horsemanship is good horsemanship”…in any type of saddle. I don’t have any aspirations of becoming a grand prix rider, but training Blackie has been a wonderful exercise for me. It has only helped to make me a better horsewoman.

Dinero continues to improve. He’s such an agreeable horse, willing to try anything. You’re gonna get it, Lori. Trust me…

It was nice to have a dry arena today where I could really work Misty. She feels great, and I intend to show her in some versatilities this year. Fran came and worked Geneva as well. Those lead changes are there, even after a long, wet winter. What a pair! I think that mare was put on this earth to make Fran Borda happy…or maybe it’s the other way around. Anyway, it’s been a pleasure to watch their progress.

Gerry Montgomery had a great lesson thismorning. I think it’s becoming clear that she and Rio can run an entire reining pattern. The pieces are coming together! Good job, Gerry. You’ve really pushed through some important barriers.

And finally, there was Oscar. As she improves her fitness, I’m seeing that she’s still got “it.” What an amazing little mare. I can’t wait for Suzy to get on her again. I clipped up her face today, and she looks about 15 years old (instead of 24). I think we can apply Oscar’s abilities to our own lives. Age is what you make of it. If we all stay as fit as possible, we can be amazed by the possibilities.

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1 Response to An Average Busy Day

  1. malia says:

    I really enjoyed reading this, you are a good writer. Good job!

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