Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Also, on a more serious note - one of the greatest dressage horses to ever grace the face of the earth. I feel compelled to do a model of this fellow too. What an athlete! I love the theme music to his routine - King Arthur! One of my favorites. Totilas reputedly has trekhaner blood in his background - (a breed which was developed from akhal teke root stock.) I'm glad to see that other types of warmbloods besides hannoverians are making a splash in the dressage world.
Although purebred tekes don't have as much lift in the limbs, they are very light and have a lot of "floating" air time in their dressage movements. Grom is a good example.
The garrochas started out by pushing bulls and sorting them with the lance, but this has moved into more of an art form of horsemanship in present times. A well schooled horse requires no rein aids, and has to remain controlled only by the riders feet. There are some dressage moves that they preform on the end of the lance: flying lead changes, piroettes, and sidepassing. Even at a dead run the horse has to remain in control.
A different approach to equitation classes! A combination of gaming, trail, and hunter over fences. It kind of reminded me of a tamer arena version of the extreme cowboy race...
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I'm so very happy to see this ride come back. Last year a few problems occured with the state park where the ride was originally held, so it was cancelled. This year the ride was moved onto some private land near Washtucna that had breathtaking views of the mountain ranges. The land owner was a really great fellow, and the hospitality was wonderful. Washtucna is a remote place and most of the local folks seemed happy to invite new people to explore their area.
A view from our trailer of one of the rows at camp. There was another row of trailers to the right. It was a very good turnout for the first ride of the northwestern endurance season.
Warming up for the LD 25. Since Octopelle is only four, we are prohibited by AERC rules to compete in any longer races yet - (but that will change by the time Renegade rolls around). Ox did exceptionally well for his first endurance race ever. Good recoveries, great gut sounds, good forward impulsion, and most importantly - he learned to be patient when people passed us and when we had to pass them out on the trail. Since this was a barefoot friendly ride, we went shoeless too! (I want to avoid using them until absolutely neccessary.) Overall, I was proud as punch of my young fellow!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Don and Brownie. Brownie did really great the second day.
My mom and Maggie, another horse that my parents raised. I really like taking pictures of Maggie - she is so fast that I almost have to have my camera set on a different mode. There are a couple of pictures that were so fast that they blurred. She is an incredibly nice horse.
We had two new people come on the second day. This is Debbie from Hermiston and her young horse Cody. They were at about the same place in training that I was, (just getting introduced to working cattle). Debbie is a barrel racer, and to her credit she was trying something new for a change. It's very good to try new things!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I've taken some of these photos on day one of the clinic - today. Jean Barboulitas of Hermiston is one of our instructors too, and she is very good at coaching. My mother helps as well and each student gets some time to work on problem areas and stuff that they are having trouble with. Octopelle had never seen a cow up close, let alone worked one - so it was a very good experience for him. He was a bit apprehensive of what they were at first, but soon gained confidence and realized that he had a job to do. We practiced keeping up with the mechanical string cow at first, and then moved onto trailing a single cow around the outer edge of the arena. Once he got used to that, we moved on to working out of the herd. It was a lot of fun, and great for him to experience!
To all of the Akhal Teke folks out there, don't be afraid to try new things with your horses. You never know how well they might do in other areas of sport. As the old saying goes: nothing ventured, nothing gained...
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Going to a few trail rides early in the year is a great way to get young green horses used to new things before venturing onto endurance races. For the last three years I've done the long ride that is around 2 hours in length, and the backcountry horsemen feed everybody a big bowl of chili when they get back into camp. This year I managed to sweet talk Craig into going with me on his trusty old steed (Dee, Octopelle's mother). Everything went perfectly for us today.
Octopelle got to experience lots of new scarey things for the first time today: other peoples horses following too closely behind us - right up our butts, gaited horses doing fast running walks right beside of us with sleigh bells jingling away, people galloping beside of us at high rates of speed, loud gunshots from the shooting range next door to the wildlife area, big scarey white trail signs that make noise when you touch them, horse devouring giant boulders, unexpected folks stepping out of outhouses at the exact inopportune moments, and alas - a little white pony that kept circling us that Ox wasn't sure was friend or foe.....
Overall, it was a great experience for him. I was fiercely proud of my young horse for taking things in stride today. =:)
Friday, March 12, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
This ewe has surprised me a bit, because she is older and isn't very big. But, she obviously produces very well. I have a feeling that this ewes daughter - (the other lighter colored barbados), will have triplets. She is twice as big as her mother.
The darker colored lamb is a ewe and the lighter one is a ram.