Olympus Ranch Stables

Monday, December 16, 2013

Another Beautiful Day

It is just like a gorgeous Spring day here and Varro was awesome today! First, I want to let you all know about my recent fitness quest. 2 years ago I had a serious back injury and have been fighting "The Battle of the Bulging Breeches" ever since. Earlier this year I got spinal injections and so far the pain has been greatly reduced! Last week my sister turned me on to a new fitness site: www.myfitnesspal.com (It's kind of like Facebook for fitness) Anyway, I created a profile and have tried to stick to being a healthier version of myself.... Drum roll please... I lost 5 pounds this week! WAHOOO!!!

OK So, on to the reason you are reading this blog. My ride on Varro was wonderful! I was expecting him to be a little argumentative since it has been over a week since we have had a good arena workout. I started out with A LOT of walking as a warm up. Like 10 minutes of collected and free walking. Woobie was a little resistant in the beginning and DID NOT want to trot. He turned himself into a pretzel to keep from having to work. I immediately went into the up up down exercise. This seems to calm him down and give him something to focus on rather than being a brat. It really helps me too. My legs were a but weak as I did do a 2 mile run this morning.... It took me one diagonal to get my timing down and Varro really started his power trot on the second diagonal! We ended up doing a lot for trot work. I did a lot of different patterns trying to change it up to keep him guessing what I was going to ask next. This approach really made a difference. He was attentive and just powered from his hind end! Once we were both breathing fairly hard I slowed to a walk and let  him take the reins.

I finished off the workout with him walking around the property to cool off. There is a particular "scary" place over by the chicken coop that Woobie is certain is home to a Palomino Horse Eating Monster. I tried to walk him by it and he had a fit... I guess he wasn't tired enough. I got off and walked him back and forth several times and let him sniff around. Once he settled down I called it good for the day! Can't wait for tomorrow!


  1. I used to use myfitnesspal but got soooo lazy and quit. Also I'm super jealous of your weather! The high today here was in the low 20's :(

  2. Congrats on the weight loss! I need to start running again but our treadmill is broken and I refuse to run outside with snow on the ground if I don't have to. I'm just not that motivated these days.

    I love the up up down exercise. It really helps my core and my balance. Now to just find time and motivation to ride more in this cold weather!

    1. I hear ya! The only reason I am running is because I have a treadmill... lol I do the up up down every time I ride and just LOVE it too!