Sunday, February 19, 2012

Great Weekend!

This weekend was just what I needed to get my anti-Pippi-ness gone, and to regain confidence in myself as a rider and in Pippi as my mount.

To start off I am a bit crazyyyy. Lets face it. Mom has said it a million times before I get "Show Crazy". I get all worked up and stressed, heck this weekend was just an open house I was riding in, not even a show and I went off the wall. To start, Pippi got her legs washed again and Miracle Groomed. I did it a bit different this time then I normally would bc last time was a mess.

To start off I put lots of water in buckets, lots of buckets. (: Last fall mom bought a large bucket that I could use to soak feet, or ice her legs after hard jumping. Well I stuck one leg in at a time and used a cup to pour water on her white legs. Then shampooed away, Rinsed, and moved on to the next leg. No mess, and clean legs - Till the morning when I went down and brat rolled ):

Donny came down Friday and got her, I followed up so I could A) Help set things up and B) Ride her the day before everyone showed up. We got to his barn and I tacked Pippi up and prepared to ride. Donny set up a line of jumps set at 2' and 2'6ish. Pippi was being rushy but we got over that. By the time we were done Donny was impressed with us over 3' and Pippi was wore out. Whoooo....

 Now I went up on Friday to help set up...haha. I did little setting up. Donny is the owner if Meinmotion, "Nemo" too me. A 17.2ish hh TB that was a rescue. I LOVE HIM. I can not explain how much I love this green green green horse. Nemo is a total sweetheart and I have loved him since I first saw him in a field covered in mud from rolling. The is only one thing wrong with him (Besides the fact that he doesnt belong to me), he has stifle problems in one of his back legs. It caused him to be off a bit some days and other days it swells up like crazy with little riding and then he has days were he is a champ and unstoppable. Did I mention I LOVE HIM? Anyways, I went up to help Donny, by riding Nemo(: He gave me the option, probably new I would do it anyways, and it was great. At first I was a bit worried, not going to lie, he is HUGE compared to my 15ish hh mare and I am not a fan of falling of any sort. Plus Donny thinks it is funny to make me nervous and told me Nemo thru a fit a few days ago, great. We got over it. Trotted come ground poles to help his stifle and even cantered (a lot without Donny watching, like I said he makes me nervous. and I didnt want him telling me how bad I looked) But yeah, it was great.

On to Saturday. Jumping started off the Open House so I was working by 9am. Pippi got mad at the little stuff and decided she was a race horse...arggg. But once the jumps got up to 2'6ish 2'9ish she was fine. There was one sketchy jump that every time no matter the height we couldnt get. She was getting most of her leads and some distances where good. My Equ course the second time was unbelievable. I have video but youtube is being slowwww......  I did get lots of compliments on her and us. One little girl loved her to death and cooled her down for me while I helped take down the jumps. Another guy said she looked like the most in shape horse there (she better be she get worked enough, jeesh). I hope this is a good step in a new direction instead of stepping back, again.

For the flat portion of the open arena Donny let me ride Nemo, yes I love them both. Donny had rode him in the jumping part, Nemo got
 ALL his leads off the fences and even cantered a course for the first time (2' was his high). For the Flat he got all his leads, was responsive, and a gentleman. He still has a ways to go, will need surgery, and lots of work but I LOVE HIM. If Donny sells him I will be broken. But as of now it looks like he is staying for awhile still(:
Look, I have horse ALL the way done my Leg.

So yeah it was a great weekend. Pippi gave me great rides and I got to ride Nemo. Plus great people, beautiful horses and a fun time.


Jessica said...

Nemo is adorable!

Liz Stout said...

You look AMAZING on this horse, both of you so tall! The yellow + his dark coat helps, too. ;-)

achieve1dream said...

You look awesome on Nemo! He's gorgeous. Glad you had fun! :)