Accidental Cantering

This Thanksgiving morning I asked, and hubby sweetly agreed, to accompany me to the barn.

Destinee has been great at being ridden when there’s someone on the ground she can follow like a lost dog and well….. a little bull-headed when trying to figure out the listening to the annoying passenger (me) rather than a ‘real’ person on the ground. Because of this, I thought having a helper would get us through the rough patch of taking far too much time off…… (yes, yes, chide away. Life is busy, ok?)

All was going as expected, then I asked hubby to ‘slow jog’ so Des would trot with him. He took off at what can only be described as the fastest ‘slow jog’ I’ve ever seen! Destinee rushed to catch up and we ended up cantering past him and through a half circle, GREAT… we were just trying to get her confidence up on trotting while being steered by the rider, she probably didn’t need to try to figure out balancing in saddle yet….. (though I must say, such a smooth canter for an unbalanced, extremely green 3 year old!)

Some tweaking later…. he ‘fast walked’ while Des and I trotted beside, happy to not let him get out of Destinee’s ‘bubble’ — as doing so would cause the trot speed to increase until we caught up and surpassed him. We even played soccer! Destinee seems to enjoy kicking the big horse soccer ball around when there’s someone riding her and someone on the ground. Give her only one of those two parts and she nudges the ball a little and stands there. Combine them perfectly and she walks purposefully over and kicks the ball! Yes, I am hoping to get hubby on another horse someday so we can play soccer together…. probably the only way I could ever hope to be competitive against him in sports!

After we got that down to at least the ‘pre-break’ level, hubby took to the sidelines and we worked on being independent from helpers. That’s going to take a lot more time! But a couple nice, relaxed segments of walking without fighting my cues and we called it a day. I love being able to ride! While I can’t believe my little filly is now getting close to being a 4 year old mare, I’m just thrilled we’ve reached this time together and hope I can live up to what she deserves.

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Fall

I love fall. The smells (apples, cinnamon, pumpkin bread…), the sites (trees changing color, corn fields being harvested, hay bales drying), the clothes (hats, scarves, jeans) and the photos that come from this season!

Some of my favorite happenings of this fall include:

Going to the apple orchard:

Lots of apples set for making horse treats with! Destinee was so excited!

L family mini-session:

 And riding my horse! (Photos below taken by hubby/remote&tripod)

What have you done this fall? Anything photography related?

Animal Visitor and such

It’s been pretty quiet on the animal front around here – probably because I’m a complete scatterbrain trying to get used to working full time, part time photography and such!

Anyway — after a rough start with our house guest, she adjusted well and even began to enjoy playing with Maya and Callie. Phew! Des and Munchkin #1 had another lesson together – they did great, as expected. Munchkin even got Des to back up on her own, big step for both of them!

Maya seems to be having an understandably hard time adjusting to my working full time and having so many obligations on the weekends/evenings. For both our sakes – I hope settles into a routine and we can return to our dog park trips! We did get to have some fun as I prepped for a recent photo shoot (previews coming soon). We found out that Maya is terrified of balloons! Our floor was covered with them and we still have some left over so we’re using them and trying to help her learn to remain calm in the midst of her fear. As of now – the best way to keep her calm and from jumping when you walk in the door? Grab a balloon and hold it at just below waist level! Works like a charm! Hopefully soon she’ll walk and hang out around balloons and umbrellas without big fear eyes.

All in all – things are good here! I’m trucking through the 2 page to-do list that never seems to get smaller, loving my animals at home and wishing I could spend more time at the barn!