Sunday, November 8, 2009

Channeling Marlboro Man

Star and I had a show yesterday. It was a practice show only. No judges, no ribbons. It was first started as an event for the 4-hr's to get over stage fright. I SWEAR ON MY GRAMMAS BIBLE the 4-hr's SUCK. They had zero horse control and little or no arena manners.
We almost had two major accidents where they stopped right in front of me.

However, this little girl is a cutie pie, I know her Mom and she is a true horse girl. My biggest peeve with Star is when we stop she throws her head up, pisses me off to no end, so here we are doing the " get your head down dammit" trick.
We did our first canter classes EVER. I know our canter skills arent perfect, but I have to do everything myself. I dont have a 24/7 trainer, I can't afford one, so I have to read, watch videos , have an occasional lesson and plead with friends to video me so I can see the horrible posture I have acquired. BLECH.
I must say, Star was a amazing.. She couldnt have been better I was proud of her and myself for growing " a pair" and going out there in front of our friends and doing something scary.
I scratched the 2 Novice Walk/Trots and entered the Novice Canter classes instead. All last minute, I figured while I had the courage I might as well **run** with it.
It felt like we were running since her canter is HUGE, but BBFF said it wasnt as much of a train wreck as I imagined it would be. The first canter transition went badly but once we got our mojo I thought we did fantastic. Right in the middle of cantering a huge CLAP of THUNDER and Crack of Lightening shook the whole barn and Sis didn't even raise an eyebrow, she just kep cantering like a good girl.
Like I say all the time.
I sure love that goofy mare.


Linda said...

Awesome! Way to get out there and get out of your comfort zone.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Glad things went well for you. She looks comfortable in the ring

Mrs Mom said...

I remember 4H classes like that. I used to volunteer as a ring steward for the county fair, and Holy CRAP... talk about sheer, massive insanity.

Glad that Star lived up to her name, that of STAR!! Sounds like you guys had fun out there!! Rock on, Ladies!!!!

wilsonc said...

You entered more canter classes??? Jocelyn, YOU ROCK!!! Way to go. I had a clinic last week where I talked about the canter with my instructor...she talked about how when people are cantering they tend to slide to the outside of the saddle. She talked about making sure (say your doing a right lead canter)that your left seatbone is smack in the middle of the saddle which opens your right knee just slightly. Then follow the motion of the horse. I don't know if I'm explaining what she said all that well, but hey...maybe someday you will see the video.

Jocelyn said...

oh Char ! I do just that! I will remember that for sure! I always feel like we are leaning like NASCAR !

It was alot of fun, no matter how awful I may have looked.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Good for you, loping in shows now!! You look really good on her!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Congrats! I'm proud of you. The two of you look AWESOME together!