Olympus Ranch Stables

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Back in Training!

Varo and I had our first lesson here in Washington State. We both worked super hard and I know I will be sore in the morning! Our new trainer "A" is wonderful. We started out working on the trot and addressing some of the things Varro does to evade working, such as throwing his outside shoulder out to evade an inside bend. We did a lot of trot work (with very few walk breaks) until both Varro and I were working well together. We worked on transitioning to the canter some and Varro threw a bucking fit! He thought we should have been done after the walk break we had after working on the trot. We kept working on having a "good" canter until he was doing fairly willing transitions. I can tell we need a lot of work on our canter. (or at least our endurance)

The lesson was about an hour and 15 minutes long! WHEW! I haven't had that long of a ride in a while! I can tell we will make some great progress in the next few months. I have decided to get a monthly haul-in pass so I can go ride in the arena whenever I want. It is a lovely covered and lighted indoor arena with very nice footing. My hubby came along and took some pictures of our cool down.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Back to the old Woobie

I got Varro out today for a quick workout while the weather was clear and beautiful. He is back to his old reliable self! I round penned him for about 10 minutes then spent about 10 minutes grooming him, cleaning out his hooves and putting "Duresole" on them. His hooves got pretty bad there for a while and the damp weather is NOT helping. It is at times like these that I miss the DRY weather of the desert. I also miss my arena in my front yard that had almost perfect footing everyday. But minor homesickness aside, I am ready to start lessons!

Our first lesson is scheduled for Oct 4th at 4pm. I am going to work on some arena work (weather permitting) this week to prepare for a good lesson. I do not want my first lesson to be him acting the fool and me trying to get him to calm down enough to at least do 1 20m circle! (I can do that for FREE at home!) I am hoping for a productive first lesson. I am not sure when show season starts up here, but want to be ready for a spectacular 2015 show year.