June, 2011: When I started this blog, I had everything all planned out. Ginger and I were going to do it all - dressage, jumpers, eventing, trail riding, local shows, maybe even some reining. All it was going to take was a lot of hard work and commitment, the two things that had always got me what I wanted in the past. I started a blog to help keep things on track, ensuring success :) I got her used to being handled, properly halter broke, ready for the farrier, then even got in the saddle a few times.
|This "0.5 sec to meltdown" look was even more common then. Also, that halter doesn't even fit her now.|
|We persevered and had some good first rides in the fall of 2011. Once we got things decent on the ground, riding really wasn't a big deal at all for a smart girl like her.|
2012: Realizing Ginger was WAY more sensitive than the other horses I'd started, I enlisted the professionals before I made too many mistakes and we moved off to a dressage barn for some more intensive training. Things moved along pretty well. I learned a bit, and the pony learned a lot. Then we both hit the wall and got pretty darn tired of the confines of the area and the idea of perfection. Luckily, this coincided with a move back home to the west coast and the infamous laid back lifestyle it brings.
|Summer 2012 - totally in love with my pony!|
2013: Trail riding fun. No lessons available even if we wanted them, so Ginger got to learn about life in 'the real world'. Other horses in the arena! Cars on the road! People and/or dogs doing random things! Branches touching her sides! Water!....etc (some of which continue to be a work in progress, but hey). Ginger really took to the trail horse life and showed a lot of promise for eventually being a reliable trail mount. Then, life happened again. The care/facilities at her barn started to go downhill in a big way. Much drama ensued. I was stressed, she was stressed. She lost a bunch of weight, I had a bad fall (or two) and got completely discouraged with the horse scene in general. We both took a time out - me to go work a contract in Alberta, her to go to a farm in the interior of BC for some R&R.
|Trail riding fun. Who would have thought anxious, sensitive Ginger would love heading out solo on the trails...|
|Back under saddle during our short lived reunion, 2014. Rockstar pony says "No big deal" and packs my nervous self around after many months away. (AKA "Tippy McTipperson Rides Again")|
|Current status quo. Fat and happy.( Both of us.) Great for her, first part of that statement not so great for me :)|