Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Scottie is Bomb-proof.... so far....

So, I am sure there will be the day that will remind me that Scottie is a horse.  She will be afraid of airplanes or parachutes or children or SOMETHING... but so far, this mare has remained unflappable. 

This weekend, someone had a "trail bridge" out in the arena practicing.  I thought I should probably get off the horse and lead her over the first time, but then decided that I'm lazy and just wanted to see what she would do.  First time, put two feet on and stepped off.  Second time, she walked over with all four feet.  Third time, she put all four feet on, and stopped on top as per my directions.  Good girl!

It took me 10 minutes to get my older TB on the last time the bridge was out.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Louisiana Downs Win Photo and Video

Scottie's win photo came in the mail this week!

Scottie only won one race at Louisiana Downs on 9/9/2011.  Louisiana Downs is located in Bossier City, Louisiana.  Luckily, I've been able to find both a win photo and the video.

 Win Photo courtesy of Lou Hodges Photography (contact email: hodgeslouis@bellsouth.net): http://hodgesphotography.smugmug.com/

Louisiana Downs 9/9/2011 Race 6

I found the race on youtube of all places.  Secret: It's a good race, she goes from behind :)

Update: first couple of weeks

The weather this week has sucked big time, so I didn't get to work Scottie has much as I wanted.  Last weekend was nice, however, and we got three days of three rides in.  I've been researching programs to bring a horse back into work, mostly eventing schedules, and they recommend lots and lots of walking and some trotting in the beginning to really build the topline.  So that's what we've been doing.

I want to start taking a conformation shot once a month to view her changes in muscling.  Hopefully will get to that this weekend.  I also need to take some video.

We did two days in the arena and worked on turning, marching with purpose, and some poles to get her lifting her feet.  No problems.  On Sunday, I took her around the property- there are LOTS of things to look at: piles of dirt, ducks, baby goats, dogs running, tractors, 4-wheelers, kids, baby horses, cows, fencing material,,, you get the idea.  Scottie looked at a couple of things, but didn't flinch.

One of my friend's horses spooked so badly under saddle that "separation of horse and rider" occurred and I thought "oh man, here we go..." But Scottie just stood and looked at the spooked horse and was fine.  Good girl.

Yesterday, I ran out of time, so I worked her on the lunge line in big circles over the whole arena.  She wanted to tear around, so we worked on "easy": walking and trotting in a relaxed manner on the lunge, so she knows its not only to roar around on.