Equine Frustration. I think we have all experienced it in one fashion or another. I finally got the right horse, got him broke, rode a few rides, and really let myself go and saturated myself in endurance.
Then the cruel reality. The horse has ulcers! So he's been diagnosed with grade 3 and treated, and he's healed now. He showed mild symptoms that just never really added up until most recently, then it was so clear that was the issue all this time.
The mild "colic" issues,…
It was finally my time. Sigh... it was very comical and worth repeating though!
Went for a pleasure ride at Uwharrie Mtn, for a pleasure weekend ride. I decided to ride in my fancy western saddle, with big saddle bags, ya know, to carry lots of beer. I knew I was just gonna be walking the whole time, so I might as well enjoy the scenery and fellowship. My friend kept apoligizing for slowing me down, but hey, this is what it's all about, smelling the roses, and really enjoying…Continue
I watched the movie Secretariat last night. So I was inspired to ride and ride fast today. Gunner and I started on our usual 9 mile loop, hoping to add some bursts of speed today. My dream would be to let him run on a real race track just to see how fast he can really go. I've never let him go wide open for fear I wouldn't be able to stop and I was working on control and building him up. His breeders told me never to worry about speed, that would come naturally. I had seen him kicking it up…Continue
Between the weather and holidays, my riding time has been extremely limited. The last time I rode any real distance, besides up and down my driveway was Nov. 28th.
I completed a 55 mile ride in SC- and really let my horse see what he had. It was our 4th 50 mile ride and we had been training hard and were well prepared. We finished 9th place, with a time of 5 hr and 37mins. Wow!!! It was a personal best and I know I have got one heck of a horse.
So after that…Continue
After riding a handful of 25s, and 35s it was time to move up. I came in 9th place out of 70 something riders about a month ago so it was time.
Gunner and I are ready after a year of training and conditioning. I had a few ups and downs, like saddle fitting and finding a bit. I was using a short-s hackamore but really found I need to bump it up stronger for the first loop. However, I wasn't able to use my new myler combo bit because my…Continue