I have written in the past about most of my horses: Dino, Boogie, Lear, now Ellie, and one funny one about Panda. And the blog was funny because Panda did a turn around of behavior that was impressive and suddenly allowed him to become a “horse in training” versus a “horse on the back burner”. Well, his rider, Katherine, returned to California last fall, and Panda sat and awaited his new girlfriend, Kelsey.
Kelsey was set to stay with us for the summer, and she brought Panda back into fitness and jumping form for 8 weeks…. and then disaster struck. Broken ankle and a return flight to Michigan for surgery. So Sad!!!
However, I do think that things tend to work out if they are supposed to. Letty, working student from TriCities area, got a poor diagnosis for her horse and his immediate eventing plans. And Panda is just sitting here waiting for someone to love him! It was the proverbial making lemonade from lemons come true. So, here are a few photos of Panda’s schooling debut at Lincoln Creek yesterday after the event.
Now to Ellie!! SHE JUMPS! I am really happy with how her video turned out. It shows a horse getting the mechanics of jumping down and there is NO editing either. I showed you the jumps as they happened, and it is cool to see her start to use her hocks and body more comfortably over the jump. When I started with her, if you asked me to give two adjectives to describe her, they would be: worried and visual.
Now if you asked me to use only two words to describe her they would be: polite and bold.
How cool is that!
Other posts in this series...
- Ellie Week #13 (September 27, 2013)
You can tell by my latest video that the seasons have changed..... parka on, rain cover is on my saddle, and the arena has absolutely no dust. My quie
- Ellie Week #11 (September 17, 2013)
This is going to be a short blog and a short video is going with it. Ellie went to the Horse Park to get a few great rides in at a new venue. I did no
- Week #10 and Cochlear (September 9, 2013)
What a weekend!! As usual, I am late in sending out the Ellie video for week #10, but I have a good excuse. I was a little preoccupied with some inten
- Ellie Week # 8 & 9 (August 30, 2013)
First of all - look at that canter photo!! Isnt she uphill and fancy? Nevermind the sloppy screen shot! Click HERE for the video link! (now the normal
- The Last Say Week #7 (August 20, 2013)
This time of year, I wish I had a more calm job, not a different one, but one just a little less crazy. From here until October, I am going to be swam
- Panda and Ellie Week #6 (August 12, 2013)
I have written in the past about most of my horses: Dino, Boogie, Lear, now Ellie, and one funny one about Panda. And the blog was funny because Panda
- Ellie Week #5 (August 3, 2013)
Im back! and after a lovely week at Rebecca Farms I was so incredibly happy to come home and ride Ellie, Boogie and Cancun. Three exciting young horse
- The Last Say Week #3 (July 21, 2013)
And we are back! This week, Ive cut down the video to half the time.... hopefully I will gain more friends from this. I know that I often dont have th
- The Last Say Week #2 (July 14, 2013)
Hello everyone! I am really excited about this week's video. I am totally thrilled with how Ellie responded to this week's training, and I think its f
- Ellie Week #1 (July 5, 2013)
Week one is almost done, and I am really, really happy with Ellie! She is more lovely than I imagined, and I can tell that she comes from a home where she was well loved. She looks to everyone for cuddles and is very comfortable around people. Often, when I get a horse from the track, it takes a few months for the horse to realize that our stall cleaners are nice and won't boss the horse around. Similarly, when we feed food, that there is no reason to be defensive or worried. And it takes those a while to adjust to having a more friendly, working relationship with their humans.