velessa: (Horses - Bo smelling poppies)
Had a good ride tonight on Bo. He was feeling good today and went for a good gallop in the round pen, something he hasn't done in a while. It's been almost a week since I started loading him with the glucosamine and MSM supplements I got at the expo, so I wonder if that's helping him at all yet. We went for a brief ride in the arena and he not only picked up the right lead nicely, it actually felt pretty good to ride! Did the same for the left and then quit for the night.

Then when I fed him his dinner I hung around in the stall with him and had a veritable zoo come to try and steal grain from his dish. First there was the squirrel with the chipped ear and half her tail fuzz missing who lives under my tack box. She's really bold and comes out whenever she hears me pouring the grain and dives in whatever chance she gets, both in the aisleway by my box and in the stall. I see her and another squirrel come to eat with him all the time.

Tonight I took his dish and put it down in the stall and sat down along the wall and just watched him eat. Apparently once the sun goes down, the rats start to get braver, because instead of the squirrels I counted six or seven rats darting around the door of the stall, trying to get up the courage to come in and snatch some food with me in there. Only one or two were brave enough to come close enough to grab a nibble that Bo dropped. They were so cute, I didn't want to scare them off! lol I'm such a softie; I'm paying to feed the local rodents instead of my horse!

And then to my surprise this bronze pigeon with a missing tail feather I've seen hanging around my stall waddled in the doorway. It actually scared off all the rats by pecking at them! I had no idea pigeons did that. Then it kept trying to walk over and get in the dish, but since the bird was a much bigger target, Bo could easily see it and kept pinning his ears at it and shooing it away with his head. He's not one for sharing with those critters he notices trying to steal from him!
velessa: (Horses - Bo & me)
Today Bo and I went on a nice long three hour ride, which is the longest one I've done with him thus far. We went with [livejournal.com profile] greenanimal and her new friend Kathy from the barn across the street, an endurance rider with two Arabs. We walked pretty much the entire time, did a teeny bit of trotting on the way back home. We went out in the park to an area I'd never been before, next to a small lake.

We went through a cattle grazing area to get there, and Bo gave the cows a distrusting look; I don't know if he's been around cows before or not, but I kind of thought he had since he was a ranch horse. He especially looked askance at the bull we passed close by, but the bull was too busy grazing to care anything about us.

Out by the lake there are some pretty steep hills, and it's also an area hang gliders and para gliders use. The first time a para glider came in for a landing near us, Bo was quite startled! Thankfully his idea of spooking is to sort of jolt in place and take a few steps away from whatever it is. After a while he got used to all the things sailing through the sky near us, though he did keep a close eye on them. We went partway up one of the steep hills to one of the jump off points for the gliders, and we hung out while a few of them got ready to go, letting the horses graze and chill. There was a very nice view of the lake up there.

Some photos here )

And now for THE MOST DISGUSTING THING EVER )
velessa: (Horses - Bo2)
Came off of Bo tonight. We were trotting in the arena when he spooked at something (I think another horse entering the arena from the dark) and he took off bucking and managed to unseat me after a couple of them. Luckily I landed on my fat ass so I'm not hurt. =P I'll be sore, though, and my hair is full of sand (around the edges, I had a helmet on of course).

Bo tore out of the arena and I don't know where all he ran off to in the dark, but I found him hiding in an open stall, probably because he wasn't able to get back into his because I had put the barrier up. Guess he had a lot of energy to work off! I can't remember when I last got him out, so that's probably why.

The dumbest part of this is before I went to mount up, I had this feeling like something bad was going to happen. Should have listened to my gut! The next time I haven't gotten him out in a while, I'll lunge him first!
velessa: (Horses - Bo2)
Dear Self,

You have not jumped anything in at least 8 years, now own a non-jumping horse, and are too old to be falling splat on the ground all the time. Please do not try to take your horse over even tiny crossrails. Take up dressage instead. =p

Love, Me
velessa: (Horses - Jackson pretty)
I've decided I definitely want to sell Jackson, I just don't see us working out in the long run. While I thought I wanted a "challenging" horse to ride, I definitely don't want a horse that's nothing BUT a challenge to ride! I can't see him ever really mellowing out to be the chill, hack-around horse I now realize I actually want (not for many years at any rate), and I simply can't justify throwing all my money away and not having any fun in the meantime while waiting for that to possibly maybe happen. Of course this is a terrible time to sell horses, and I'm not sure who would really want a huge, cranky 15 year old sort-of jumper/sort-of dressage horse. If worse comes to worse I may end up giving him to someone's jumping lesson program. Other options could be getting a month or two or training for him, or trying to put him at a sale barn, but those would be really expensive and not something I can really afford to do.

For the time being one of my instructor's other students (Kelly) has been riding him a lot, three or four times a week for me. She's currently between horses and looking for her next eventer, and she's riding Jackson in both dressage and jumping lessons. He definitely does not like dressage, but he does seem to enjoy jumping. She's all for continuing to ride him even when she does get another horse, and my hope is that him basically getting all this free "training" will make him more attractive for someone to buy down the road. I'm just hoping it's not TOO long down the road; I can't wait forever because I really need to move him to a cheaper barn. However, when I do that I will no longer have Kelly to ride him, and he won't be getting any better with me on him. I've decided I'll leave him where he is for about two more months, but after that I'll have to make that move.

Furthermore, once I do find Jackson another home, I'm going to hold off getting another horse for a while. Instead I'm going to take more riding lessons and possibly lease a horse in order to get a better idea of where I really want to go with my horse hobby, as well as work towards becoming a better rider. I'm also considering going back to school (and studying something that would actually be USEFUL for getting a real career; kids, don't major in liberal arts!), and not owning a horse would free up a lot more time for me to do so.

Anyway, the point of this post was to share some video clips of Jackson being jumped the other day. His previous owner said she did a lot of showing with him in jumping, although I have no idea at what level or for how long or even if he was ever taught how to jump in the first place. So he's now getting refresher work with Kelly. )
velessa: (Horses - Jenny & Hunter)
Today after work I went with my friend Melissa up to visit her horse at the barn where he's getting trained. It's called Williams Ranch, and they specialize in training and breeding draft horses.

Read more )
velessa: (Horses - Jenny & Hunter)
Today after work I went with my friend Melissa up to visit her horse at the barn where he's getting trained. It's called Williams Ranch, and they specialize in training and breeding draft horses.

Read more )

Trail Ride

Nov. 19th, 2005 07:57 pm
velessa: (Horses - Cowboy)
Take a virtual Garrod Farms trail ride! I took my camera with me on a ride I led earlier today and took a bunch of pictures along the way. The trails go through the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve in the hills of Saratoga, California. Silicon Valley was a bit hazy today, on some days it's much clearer. The vineyards are really pretty right now with all the leaves changing colors, though. Anyway enjoy the pictures! ^_^

http://photobucket.com/albums/v469/vel-chan/GF%20Trail%20Ride/?action=view&slideshow=true

(cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] horse_lovers)

picture of the horse I was riding in case you were curious )

Trail Ride

Nov. 19th, 2005 07:57 pm
velessa: (Horses - Cowboy)
Take a virtual Garrod Farms trail ride! I took my camera with me on a ride I led earlier today and took a bunch of pictures along the way. The trails go through the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve in the hills of Saratoga, California. Silicon Valley was a bit hazy today, on some days it's much clearer. The vineyards are really pretty right now with all the leaves changing colors, though. Anyway enjoy the pictures! ^_^

http://photobucket.com/albums/v469/vel-chan/GF%20Trail%20Ride/?action=view&slideshow=true

(cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] horse_lovers)

picture of the horse I was riding in case you were curious )

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