Sunday, February 28, 2016

no really - don't move, we'll go around

OMG WE RODE OUTSIDE IN THE BIG RING!!!!!!!

Soooo exciting guys!!!! Oh man and the horses were soooooo happy. Hard to really describe, lol, except to say there was MUCH porpoise leaping and general feelings of friskiness :D

It was still kinda cold out... but the ground was GOOD. Our big ring at home has become rideable again too - but this big ring at OF is just... well, the next best thing to letting the horses run free in a wide open field.

Tho, of course, we still manage to find new and interesting ways to biff our turns and corners despite all that space. Naturally. Haha.

Luckily, OF is rife with dogs determined to keep us honest about our turns. They risk life and limb - as our porpoising, flailing, leaping creatures come barreling down towards the pups (as if our horses have just rediscovered that they, in fact, have FOUR legs - each of which can move in new and exciting directions!) - these pups just stay put. As if to say "No, no, Emma. No cutting corners!"

So. Um. Thanks, dogs of OF. Please - don't move. We'll just careen around you. Nbd, truly!

19 comments:

  1. Such a majestic porpoise! Gotta love the dogs that don't move...ours like to play chicken.

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  2. Ahaha gotta love instructordogs!

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  3. So jealous of you jumping outside! So, as a huge dog lover, I have to say dogs in the arena are like my number one pet peeve. I spend so much time making sure I don't run into or over them that I cant do much else in the lesson. So, good on you in finding the humor in it :)

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  4. Dog isn't worried. Dog knows more about horse than people. Dog is awesome.

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  5. Yay!! Our 6 inches of snow melted in one day, and now we have a nasty, muddy mess, but I am hopeful that I will be able to sneak an outside ride later this week.

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  6. Bahahah dogs are hilarious! Love this

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  7. I have suicidal cats at lesson. Seriously, they lounge about in the ring while I'm demonstrating an inability to steer.

    Busy weekend here -- took da Bird out, also went out with Nasty Old Mare (last ridden in November -- she's semi-retired) to accompany 4H'er #1 on her project horse. Then I painted all the jump poles, built the xc jump over the ditch, measured and laid out the step jump location, discovered I suck at roping jump components together, moved two large stumps out of the creek-jump line, lifted a huge log up onto small logs for better chainsawing, and worked on the creek-jump line (brush removal and raking). Still lots to do, but some good progress, so yay!

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  8. That dog is practically a statue. In the first picture, he looks slightly different, but the others, he's exactly the same. He looks awfully suspicious... super cute though. Like a big pile of fluff.

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  9. She looks like she is having way too much fun in that big ring!

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  10. haha, well I'm a dog lover so that's probably one of the only things that would force me to maintain control instead of just letting my horse leap and flail at will, which is what I usually do.

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  11. Those dogs! My trainer put little flower pots for us to ride inside of this weekend and we destroyed a bunch of them (and now I owe her two drinks!) -- pups would not have fared very well!

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  12. bahaha brita said wicked was feeling his oats too :) yay happy horses!

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  13. Wow, that dog has some serious cohones to sit there like that!

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  14. Yet another reason why dogs are the absolute best!

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  15. That dog is awesome! Isn't riding outside just the best? Next to longer days, it might be my favorite thing about spring!

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  16. Brave pooch! Not sure I'd tuff that out let alone lie and stare it down!

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  17. That dog makes me nervous! So jealous of your outside riding. We just got a large dumping of snow last night.

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