Monday, January 16, 2012


In the absence of Izzy as a regular mount, I've been riding other horses. I'm moving beyond my comfort zone, and consequently, my comfort zone is expanding. It's a good thing. The only problem is that I'm currently itching for a jumping lesson, but that is a no go with an unsound pony.

Yes, I just said that. Me, the generally terrified chicken rider. I. Want. To. Jump.

It's taken a while, but I'm finally there. My riding has changed so much and my confidence has improved enough that I actually want to do what I'm here to do. It's good.

The ears aren't black, but here's the view from my saddle.

Me, the long-time arena rider, took the upper level prospect mare for a 45 minute hack in the mountains by myself.

I also somehow earned the title of 'hacking queen'. Go figure.

Other excitement: I got to body clip my second ever horse today. I had zero notice, but I think I did a pretty ok job. Much better than last time.

Strangely, the clippers died so there was no way for me to remove the cutesy lil' heart on his butt. :-D

No, I would never do something like that intentionally.

Izzy update: pony mare is making strides towards soundness. She is on limited turnout and we are tack walking as much as I can stand. I'm hoping for limited trotting tomorrow, but that depends on whether there's any time to ride.


  1. your mountains beat my mountains.

  2. Glad to hear that she is improving. You are lucky to go on such beautiful hacks, you hacking queen!

  3. Working with and riding other horses is great for you to build both your confidence and skills. Good job going on that trail ride.

    Glad Izzy seems to be better. Just take it slowly with her so she can fully heal before she goes back to work.

  4. Way to go with the hacking! I hope Izzy is back in business soon!

  5. SO jealous! A 45 minute hack alone through the mountains on an upper level prospect??? Even my dreams aren't that lovely. Sounds amazing!

    Promising news about Ms. Izz. My fingers are still crossed.


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