Olympus Ranch Stables

Friday, August 15, 2014

Our first "Away" Ride

I scheduled some time to ride at one of the local arenas today at 2pm! I took Varro out and did a short round pen session. When I say short I mean SHORT! It took all of 5 minutes and Varro was more interested in why the trailer was moved, hooked to the truck and open than in acting up! He pulled me on the trailer! He was so excited to just GO! I don't think he cared one little bit where we were headed. I was concerned he would not want to load after spending those horrendous 1400 miles in the trailer moving up here, but I had nothing to worry about!

Once we got to the arena Varro was a HANDFUL! He slipped, or tripped or just sat down while my hubby was unloading him! He came off of the trailer in all his snorty glory. He was a complete basket case. I took him to the arena and put him on the lunge-line for about 10 minutes to work off some of his energy. Then we went back to the trailer to tack up. He was a Mexican jumping bean! He would NOT stand still. Once I got him saddled, I went to grab his bridle.... I had left it on the chair in the kitchen after I cleaned it!!! ARRRGGG This was not shaping up to be a good first day out. I grabbed Apollo's old bridle and started adjusting it. Once I got him tacked up we went back to the arena for a quick lunge and a walk around the arena. (our normal routine) There was a very scary corner but after a few minutes Varro figured out it was OK.

I hopped up and Varro almost instantly relaxed. We started off with a working trot around the arena. His head was pretty high and his back was hollow. I started doing 20m circles at E until Varro dropped his head and started really moving into the contact. I started doing figure 8s then made my way around the whole arena. I took a brief walk break then started on some canter trot transitions. He did wonderful! I worked in both directions then ended with a nice loose rein free walk. It turned out to be a lovely first day out!

There are 2 arenas that I would like to ride in and alternate them every week. There is a $10 haul in fee so I can only afford to haul in once a week (at least until I am employed!) I can't wait until MY arena is ready to ride in! I am going to have to haul in some sand or some type of footing to put in my arena...

I forgot to give the camera to Hubby, so no pictures this ride.... Next one though!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Awesome Ride!

I had a completely amazing ride on Woobie today. I think I am CLOSE to having my "old" Varro back! We started out with a light round pen session to warm up. We are still tacking up in the round pen but I think we will be able to tack up at the trailer by next week. Once I tacked him up I did just a few laps in each direction to be sure the girth was tight enough. I jumped on and walked around the round pen. Varro was calm, cool and collected...just like he use to be! I got off, opened the gate, hoped back on and away we went. I did some trot work in my arena (the front is OK to ride in but I need some serious work done to be able to ride in the back part) Once he was breathing heavy I decided to just walk around the property for a cool down. Then back to the round pen to untack, then to the trailer for a quick grooming and a couple treats! I think we are ready to haul out to an arena! I scheduled some time for tomorrow at one of the local arenas so will post all about that tomorrow. I will see if Hubby will go and "man the camera."

Keep Calm and just RIDE!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Busy Week

It has been a busy week in my neck of the woods. I have sold Epona! I wasn't really looking very hard for a new home for her but the perfect home just popped into our lap! She really is an incredible filly: smart, athletic, friendly and willing to please. She is suited for WESTERN events instead of dressage. Her new home is amazing! I went to visit (you know, a minor stalker trying to make sure it is good enough for my baby) and it is beautiful! Her new Mom and Dad trail ride as well as do team penning/roping! That is perfect for Epona. She will have three other horses to keep her company and will fit right in!

In other news, Varro and I have been doing a lot of ground work. I also got the green light to start riding/working Aspen from my hubby! He is starting school full time and is worried he won't have enough time to restart her himself. It has been over a year since she was ridden last and even then it was not on a consistent basis. So as I move into this new week, I have two riding horses to work! I am looking forward to it as they are starting to get pretty buddy sour. My arena is still not ready to ride in. There are SO MANY thistles that I fear I may need to rent a few goats to just eat everything in there. I pull one thistle up and turn around and notice six more! I may start hauling in to a local arena and pay a riding fee just to get some good quality riding in.

Happy riding and I will try to get some pictures posted this week!