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Old 07-02-2019, 06:26 PM
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Love the new pictures and videos!

I hope you'll have someone record your show at the end of the summer... I'd love to see it!

Leaving Tess and Sioux when you go to college is bound to be rough but it sounds as though you are already planning everything out well in advance.
Who will be taking care of Tess during the months when you are away?

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Who will be taking care of Tess during the months when you are away?
She will be staying at the stable under the watchful eye of my trainer/barn manager, so I know she'll keep getting the same trustworthy care. I will be splitting a lease between two people who already take lessons at the stable under my trainer, so Tessa's riding and training will stay the same. That way I can save as much money as I can the first year I'm away to hopefully take her with me my second year. I'll be scouting out places to keep her during my freshman year.
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That's great and I really hope it will work out so you can take her with you during your second year.
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Thought it was time for an update! It's actually not going to be super picture/video heavy today

Okay, so our show is on Friday. Yikes! I spent hours timing and planning the movements (after the weeks it took to find the right song!). I can't remember if I ever explained the process so I will here just in case. For a musical freestyle, you want a song that matches:
1) The horse's beats per minutes/ strides
2) The horse's personality, if you will
3) The performance (i.e. lighthearted or serious)
4) Tempo changes enough for walk, trot, & canter
5) The song changes for enough movements

I actually used all the math I was taught (imagine that- math useful in my everyday life! ) to find the distances of the diagonals, the circumference of circles, etc. Then I had to find how many feet per second Tessa moves so I could time it so she'd end up in the right part of the arena at the correct part of the song.

In Dressage you ride to the letters, so I'm attaching a picture below to show where those letters are. We have a short arena at my stable, so the test is according to those demographics. Also, the spectators will be at A, not C, so the test is kind of "backward" from what you'd normally see. For example, instead of entering the arena at A, I'm entering at C.


Without further ado, here is my test. I will post video from the show as soon as I'm able. The song is Aladdin Medley by Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. Since this is our own show, we've taken a few liberties that otherwise wouldn't be allowed in the show ring. It's going to be a fun performance!


Update for miss Sioux as well! It was just too much to try to get her ready for a show as well, so we won't be doing a liberty performance. I thought my limited time with her would be better spent doing more confidence building to help her get over some of her biggest fears.

She's scared of the farrier and vet...and she's scared of men, which both our farrier and vet are. She's gotten a lot better with me handling her feet and propping them up! I can also examine her as a vet would. It's hard to work on her fear of men since there are very limited opportunities. But one of my friends is in a Pre-Vet program and he agreed to come out. He spent 2 hours with us and by the end of it (with much patience) he was able to put his hands on Sioux. Doesn't sound like much, but it is HUGE for Sioux girl. Additionally, she approached him of her own accord without me standing by him. I've never seen her do that before! I was also able to handle her feet and examine her body as I would on my own. She was more nervous since there was a man standing by her, but it was good classical conditioning for her.

I also got the saddle with the girth on and tightened. Whoever originally introduced her to the saddle caused a lot of pain. She came with blisters and sores, so not only was she cinched up roughly, but the saddle fit incorrectly.
It's a lot for her to overcome, but she's doing great! I'm not sure where the original video is, so I'm posting a link to where I posted it on my instagram
https://www.instagram.com/p/B0SBcs8nS2k/

I'm almost done with my massage certification and have been completing full-body massages on multiple horses. My arms have never been sorer https://www.instagram.com/p/B0z6fa8nLNR/
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Wow Katie, never realized it was so involved, too much for my old brain, good luck at the show. Looks like great progress with Sioux, every little step is great progress. How long does it take to do a full body massage on a horse?
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It kind of depends on the situation...if the horse has a specific problem I'd need to spend time at the beginning lunging it to examine its movement patterns. There also needs to be some discussion with the owner to get a full picture of the problem and horse's history. The massage itself normally lasts 1-1.5 hours (with the first session taking the longest) but combined with the rest can take up to two hours. On average, it takes about 3 massage sessions for a problem to be resolved. The later sessions take closer to an hour.

This was the mare I massaged yesterday. She's a Draft mix so has heavy, dense muscles to begin with. She's extremely tight in her haunches, so it takes all of my strength and body weight to get a response from the muscles. I also need a stool/mounting block to exert better downward pressure on her. I nearly pulled one of my own muscles in my quest to get those muscles to loosen
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I'm so impressed with the whole concept of horse massage. I think it's wonderful that you take such a holistic approach to your animals.

The work that you put into your show is phenomenal. I'm so looking forward to seeing the video when the time comes!
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It kind of depends on the situation...if the horse has a specific problem I'd need to spend time at the beginning lunging it to examine its movement patterns. There also needs to be some discussion with the owner to get a full picture of the problem and horse's history. The massage itself normally lasts 1-1.5 hours (with the first session taking the longest) but combined with the rest can take up to two hours. On average, it takes about 3 massage sessions for a problem to be resolved. The later sessions take closer to an hour.

This was the mare I massaged yesterday. She's a Draft mix so has heavy, dense muscles to begin with. She's extremely tight in her haunches, so it takes all of my strength and body weight to get a response from the muscles. I also need a stool/mounting block to exert better downward pressure on her. I nearly pulled one of my own muscles in my quest to get those muscles to loosen
It must be quite a workout for your arms and upper body, you will need a massage after you are done with the horse.
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Alright it's been a crazy weekend and crazier still getting everything set up before I leave for college in a few days!!

Pre-show cleanup: Tessie getting a pedicure (aka hoof filing) and a bath. I tied her up while she dried so she wouldn't roll and cleaned all my tack and riding boots.


And the day of the show! Tessa did amazing and I couldn't be happier with the turnout. Pictures are below, plus a link to the GoPro video I took.

I still don't understand why someone thought white pants and a white saddle pad were a good mix with horses. I even have a white horse that loves to get dirty! I had a wet rag and was spot cleaning up to the moment of the show


Look at the action in that trot! I'm not sure if this picture was during a leg-yield or lengthening but I'm happy either way.

Canter!


The bow at the end of our performance.

Kisses for pony.


Here's the video.

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