For the Win

Growing up as a small girl around large horses, I was told that I “needed to be the boss.” If my horse did something that was not what I wanted, it was okay to “get after them” because I was small and couldn’t risk letting them walk all over...

Finally Some Play Time

Yesterday I finally felt good enough to play with Estella. She was hilarious! She hasn’t been out much lately so she had a lot of energy and definitely wanted to do things. I love when she is like that and we had so much fun! Our warm up has...

Short, Sweet and Successful

After having a rough day last week with Estella, I really wanted to refocus my attention on doing things that are fun and mentally engaging, without being super challenging or trying to accomplish too much. I am too busy with school and work to be super consistent, so I...

All Hooves on Deck

Since our lesson with Jesse Peters, Estella has been flying through new things. Or over them. Thursday I played with her on the 45′ rope and she was the best ever. I practiced a few things we went over with Jesse like bending, being soft, and having open hands....

Communication

The past few days Estella has been good, but not great. The other day I took her out of her field to play with her in the outdoor. Although she wasn’t whinnying or acting crazy, she wasn’t “with me”; she was with her friend in the paddock. Unfortunately, I...

To the Left, To the Left

Estella has recovered from her boo-boo and is back at it! It has been pretty hot here lately so I have been keeping things short and sweet. Yesterday I focused on sideways because I feel like that is the one game we struggle with. I have been doing a...

Liberty Star

Although I didn’t have any intentions to, I ended up playing with Estella at liberty for the very first time today! When I brought her out to play she seemed so unmotivated and…lazy? I couldn’t figure her out so I let her loose to see where her mind was....

Thoughts and Progressions

I haven’t had a progress update on Estella in a while, so here is what’s been going on: She is all of a sudden (I hate using that phrase, but one day it just clicked) letting me pick up ALL of her legs. Hind legs included! She can still...

It’s All Good

Actually, make that great. Everything Estella has done the past two days has been incredible.  She is learning so much so quickly, I still can’t believe it. I feel like she is growing up so fast. Part of me can’t wait for her to be a functioning part of...

What My Horse Needs

Yesterday Estella was perfect. After our slightly too energetic session Thursday, I thought about it a lot and tried some new things yesterday. I watched a savvy club DVD and read this article about seeing what the horse needs. This really popped out at me: Upsetting the calm: Not enough...