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Sara’s First Trot

Where in OZ are you?

A beautiful blog from Parelli Central that had me licking and chewing: Where in OZ are you?

I love my mare.

I wish I had pictures from the last few days.

We’ve played in three savvies: Online, Liberty and Freestyle.
You heard right: Freestyle! My mare and I have been riding!
Two days in a row, we’ve ridden for half an hour after playing online or at liberty. We’ve pushed the big green ball, played point to point, started follow the rail, squeezed through barrels, as well as yielding, halting and backing.
Did I mention today was her third ride without someone leading her for me on the ground? Full credit goes to my wonderful horse, Sara. She is so smart and willing. She makes learning fun, which is a first for me in a long time.

Dressage rider in a western saddle?

My mare is so cool.

Her saddle will, Lord willing, be here in late September. I’ve been getting on her bareback, which is not an easy task at 16 hands. The barn manager was kind enough to let me borrow one of her western saddles to use for the next 30 or so days. She walked me through how to cinch everything up, the importance of the buck strap, etc. She was very patient with me and my dressage ways.

I set the saddle up on a barrel and started playing with Sara on the 12′. Forgot my 22′. Oops!
We got some sideways at the trot, which was a first. We played with the pedestal and got some big, banging paws at it. We ended up with one foot resting on it. Another first.
We’re played friendly with the saddle pad when her left-brain extrovert came out. She decided this was much too slow and boring. She made up her own game with the pad. How long can I chew on the pad before the human stops me?
We walked around and played touch-it with the pad on. Checked out the pedestal again.
I was much more nervous about the saddle than she was. I picked it up, realized I was getting tense, and set it back down so I could lick and chew!
A little bit later, I picked up the saddle. I admire you western folk! Although this was smaller than the other saddles in the tack room, it was still HEAVY. My hat is off to you who heave that up every day.
Anyway! Sara thoroughly rubbed and scratched her face on the saddle; she was clearly just terrified of the thing….
Swung the saddle up and down a few times. Sara is still relaxing. I cinched it up, tightening it over three tries.

Sara and I took a walk. She was aware of the saddle and sniffed it one but was otherwise unconcerned. We played some Circling game, which has just gotten so nice. Darn for forgetting the 22′, though; she is so fun to watch way out there on the end of it. We played with the pedestal some more, got a foot up.
I ended the session by walking and setting her up at the mounting block. I got up and leaned over for a little while then called it a day.

Lots of learning

Sara and myself sharing a quiet moment.

Making our way to the indoor, we stopped and played in the wash rack. We yo-yo’ed in and out, sometimes with one set of feet on and one off. This was her first wash rack experience.
In the arena, we did our stretches with the horse cookies I baked. She loved them! Just gooey enough with molasses, which she loves. She was pretty tight in her right S-I so we massaged that a bit. We’re practicing stretching her hind legs underneath her belly; this is new and she’s still learning to relax into it.
I tied Sara for a few minutes while I helped my sister, Leah, stretch Tiki. Sara is very good about tying and licked some of the self-assessment papers that were tacked to the arena wall.
We played for an hour and a half. So much fun! We practiced with the saddle pad, which she’s getting to be very left brained about. If I don’t make it interesting, she tries to eat it! Carrying it around doesn’t phase her.
Our sideways is looking better; we’re getting more speed and distance. It’s looking like actual sidepassing.
Circling game has improved leaps and bounds. We can get 4 – 6 laps at the walk or trot. She definitely needs the 22′ line for more drift. This is her chance to constructively move her feet!
We also practiced bridling, which she didn’t seem to care about. She simply put her head in it like we would our halter. Played all the games with it on, too. Very smart girl!
I turned Sara our in the indoor at liberty so I could help Leah ride Tiki. It was fun to see her watch me, then explore, then come see me of her own volition. We even practiced leaning on the mounting block at liberty. I think my favorite moment was when she left to explore and I waited on the stool. She came back in 60 seconds and set her self up to be scratched and rubbed. I was laughing, I was so thrilled.

More Thoughts from Yvonne Wilcox

I’ve enjoyed hearing Pat say, “If you quit
learning, you quit living.” But I thought, and
wanted, learning to have an endpoint. I didn’t
see ‘endpoint’ and ‘quit’ as essentially the
same thing. I want to be able to say “NOW
I can do this, NOW I know that,” and then
have a rest. Instead of looking at learning as a purely
joyful experience (as Pat and Linda naturally
do) I want to ‘learn it all’ and then ‘get on
with my life.’ Sounds pretty silly now that I’ve
said it out loud, but nonetheless, this was a
TRUTH for me.

Yvonne Wilcox from the Savvy Times

I learned from this experience that patience
really has a lot to do with generosity.
Being generous with my time and attention
is not something I do anywhere in my life. I
didn’t see that so clearly before this experience.
I’ve also found that doesn’t just mean
being generous with my time for others, I’ve
learned I can be more generous to myself as
well—taking care of my health being one of
those things!