I thought I could ride.
Then I started reining.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Show Time!


It doesn't seem possible but our first show is right around the corner.  We will be headed to Wenatchee for the WRHA Spring Fling the weekend after Easter.   I am thankful we have this week and next week to keep riding so that we are more better prepared.  

Since it is our first show, I should bust out my "Master Show Packing List" to be sure I don't forget anything important like my hat.  Or my saddle.  If I have one reoccuring nightmare about going to shows it is that my saddle gets left behind.  Now, it wouldn't be a big deal if I were a bit taller but knowing that no other saddle from our barn has stirrups short enough for me, it would be a wee bit of a challenge for me to just hop on and ride.  

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I love those "Light Bulb Moments"

Whenever I have an "ahhhh ha" or light bulb moment, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  After however many months of Cliff telling me over and over (and over and over yet again) on how to ride my rundowns, it finally clicked today.  Now, I can't say they all of a sudden became perfect because that will take a lot more work but I am still giddy with excitement because I figured out how I need to ride Pebbles down the pen.  

I would have to say that rundowns have been my biggest challenge.  Not only because you have to go fast (which has been a challenge in itself for me) but you have to think about going straight, keeping your horse square while getting past those markers before asking for a stop.   Once I point Pebbles down the pen, it is like everything flies out the door along with her running.  I have been throwing my hand away, giving her the idea that it is all right to throw her head up and RUN.  This causes me to loose all process of thought along with loosing total control of my timing for a stop.  The end result?  Me having to pick up on her more then necessary, unattactive stops, and a sore neck and back. 

What changed about today?  I should back track to my fast circles where I was having the same problem with letting her run with her head up.  We have been working on me picking up on the reins a little while waving my legs just so to ask her to round up over the bridle.  That finally "clicked" the other day.  Fast forward to my work down the pen today.  Why hello!  If I pick up on her just like I do in my fast circles, I can ask her to accelerate AND she is over the bridle like she should be.   And guess what?  She stops so pretty and SMOOTH. 

I had to laugh becuase it took so long for it to finally click.  In fact, I am pretty sure I actually heard the clicking in my brain. 

Happy Sliding!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's Reining Babies!

My mom emailed me a picture of their first baby of the year.  Look at this spunky little guy:













I can't remember how he is bred but he looks to be a red dun which is something my step-dad has been looking for.   It would be fun to take a baby from his 2010 crop to the reining pen in 2014.  Hmm...perhaps I should pick out a weanling this year.... 

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Reason For My Addiction

No reiner is complete without a trusty steed.   Pebbles, as she is known around the barn, has been my faithful partner for the past three years. 





Chex Out My CD 
2003 AQHA Mare

by CD Roanlite by CD Olena

Out of Miss Q T Chex by Colonel Freckles



Shown here with our trainer, Cliff Kellmer, at one of the Spokane AQHA shows last summer.  

I purchased Pebbles in May 2008 and spent that summer getting to know her and learning what buttons to push.  In the fall of 2008, we started working with Cliff Kellmer and started showing in 2009.  Last year was a real learning curve to say the least!  Having not been in the show pen for many years (too many to count!), I spent the summer figuring out what exactly to do.  We had a setback too when Pebbles showed signs of bowing a tendon.  After taking about 8 weeks off, we came back for the fall shows and finished the season with some satisfying runs.  

We have been back at it since the beginning of February to prepare for the 2010 show season.  We are looking forward to seeing what this year brings.



























 



 
0

Show Time!


It doesn't seem possible but our first show is right around the corner.  We will be headed to Wenatchee for the WRHA Spring Fling the weekend after Easter.   I am thankful we have this week and next week to keep riding so that we are more better prepared.  

Since it is our first show, I should bust out my "Master Show Packing List" to be sure I don't forget anything important like my hat.  Or my saddle.  If I have one reoccuring nightmare about going to shows it is that my saddle gets left behind.  Now, it wouldn't be a big deal if I were a bit taller but knowing that no other saddle from our barn has stirrups short enough for me, it would be a wee bit of a challenge for me to just hop on and ride.  
Read more
0

I love those "Light Bulb Moments"

Whenever I have an "ahhhh ha" or light bulb moment, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  After however many months of Cliff telling me over and over (and over and over yet again) on how to ride my rundowns, it finally clicked today.  Now, I can't say they all of a sudden became perfect because that will take a lot more work but I am still giddy with excitement because I figured out how I need to ride Pebbles down the pen.  

I would have to say that rundowns have been my biggest challenge.  Not only because you have to go fast (which has been a challenge in itself for me) but you have to think about going straight, keeping your horse square while getting past those markers before asking for a stop.   Once I point Pebbles down the pen, it is like everything flies out the door along with her running.  I have been throwing my hand away, giving her the idea that it is all right to throw her head up and RUN.  This causes me to loose all process of thought along with loosing total control of my timing for a stop.  The end result?  Me having to pick up on her more then necessary, unattactive stops, and a sore neck and back. 

What changed about today?  I should back track to my fast circles where I was having the same problem with letting her run with her head up.  We have been working on me picking up on the reins a little while waving my legs just so to ask her to round up over the bridle.  That finally "clicked" the other day.  Fast forward to my work down the pen today.  Why hello!  If I pick up on her just like I do in my fast circles, I can ask her to accelerate AND she is over the bridle like she should be.   And guess what?  She stops so pretty and SMOOTH. 

I had to laugh becuase it took so long for it to finally click.  In fact, I am pretty sure I actually heard the clicking in my brain. 

Happy Sliding!
Read more
0

It's Reining Babies!

My mom emailed me a picture of their first baby of the year.  Look at this spunky little guy:













I can't remember how he is bred but he looks to be a red dun which is something my step-dad has been looking for.   It would be fun to take a baby from his 2010 crop to the reining pen in 2014.  Hmm...perhaps I should pick out a weanling this year.... 
Read more
0

The Reason For My Addiction

No reiner is complete without a trusty steed.   Pebbles, as she is known around the barn, has been my faithful partner for the past three years. 





Chex Out My CD 
2003 AQHA Mare

by CD Roanlite by CD Olena

Out of Miss Q T Chex by Colonel Freckles



Shown here with our trainer, Cliff Kellmer, at one of the Spokane AQHA shows last summer.  

I purchased Pebbles in May 2008 and spent that summer getting to know her and learning what buttons to push.  In the fall of 2008, we started working with Cliff Kellmer and started showing in 2009.  Last year was a real learning curve to say the least!  Having not been in the show pen for many years (too many to count!), I spent the summer figuring out what exactly to do.  We had a setback too when Pebbles showed signs of bowing a tendon.  After taking about 8 weeks off, we came back for the fall shows and finished the season with some satisfying runs.  

We have been back at it since the beginning of February to prepare for the 2010 show season.  We are looking forward to seeing what this year brings.



























 



 
Read more
 

Reining Junkie Copyright © 2011 -- Template created by O Pregador -- Powered by Blogger