Olympus Ranch Stables

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Getting ready for winter

Last winter things were a soggy mess. Due to circumstances beyond my control (my house has not sold in CA yet) I will not be able to board my babies this year. I am sadden by this as I LOVE the girls at the barn and love having daily access to an indoor arena. I am just going to have to adapt and overcome....

I will miss this wonderful indoor arena!

I will have to settle for just riding on the weekends, and trailer in to MVEC every other week for a lesson. I also plan to start trailering out for trail rides once Aspen foals out and is not so co-dependent on Varro. We are going to start prepping to do a Limited Distance Endurance Race or two next year! More on that as I learn the ropes.

This is us on a trail ride in CA a couple of years ago. Think we have Endurance potential? LOL

I have been planning how I am going to separate Aspen and Varro when it comes time for her to foal out. I have decided to "enclose" 3 sides of the large shelter that is in the turnout and use some of my fencing panels to give her (and the foal) a smallish run, about 18 x 48. I will put TONS of wood pellets and large flake shavings in the shelter for a nice soft place for bedding down. Once she is a week out or so from foaling, I will top it off with some straw. I am getting so excited for this foal! I will post some pictures when it is ready.

 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Back to the Basics

So I am still riding in my uneven arena and am working on the basics. As you may recall, Varro likes to toss his head in the air and hollow out his back when I ask for a walk to trot transition. Today was no different. Varro needed almost zero round pen warm up today so we tacked up and went to the arena.

We did some walking warm ups and I used that time to really check for the uneven spots. We then went around the arena walking for 2-3 strides then trotting for 4-5 strides. We went in both directions and I made sure I kept a loose rein on him. He had to keep his own balance. After about 20 minutes he was reaching down, looking for contact and really powering from behind when I asked for the trot. I shortened the reins a bit to get a nice contact with him and we began to trot around the entire arena. I asked for a walk to cross the diagonal and continued to trot in both directions. Varro was excited to work! He offered NO arguments, NO "backtalk" and NO tantrums! It is so nice to have my Woobie back.

Since I have decided not to make the sand arena, and wait until I have purchased my own place, I have decided that next year I am going to dabble in Endurance Riding with Woobie. Aspen is due to foal out in March and once she foals, I am sure she will not care one little bit if I take Varro and trailer out for a few rides. We need something to keep us occupied and moving forward. Without a proper arena I feel that I am just spinning my wheels in dressage. Once I have daily access to a proper arena we will revisit working towards my medals.

So, here goes my introduction into Endurance..... Wish us luck!