Monthly Archives: September 2012

Riding Thoughts

I don’t know if I’ll post it on my main blog or not, but for those of you who read this blog, I guess you get this extra little thing.

I look back at my old riding:

And then my riding today:

And I see a bunch of little problems.  But all of those little problems add up to one, main goal of mine: to become more supple when riding.

Being supple when riding is really important and I realized that I had become more stiff in the entire body when I look of my video last week.  Like both of my arms are higher and stiffer (especially the right one) and when I sit Prima’s four beat lope I look really… I don’t know how to describe it.  My arms are really straight…. 😦  My toes are pointed outwards..

When I ride Prima I’m sitting too heavily in my seat (not supposed to).

So in a nutshell:
 Riding Goals:
 -lower arms
 -soften arms
 -toes forward
 -lighten seat (when necessary)
 -Sit up taller
 -think long and low in the legs
 MAIN: Become more supple in entire body

Friendly critique is welcome and tips for helping me solve my riding problems is welcome as well!
[Should I post this on my main blog?]

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5 Reasons I Don’t Like Video Making

This is going to be my extremely boring, awkward, not really horse relevant post.  But here goes nothing.  Wait… One last thing: this isn’t to accuse anyone.

1: Finding Clips

For some reason, I always have trouble finding the clips!  Sometimes you just find that clip that you must use and you will use!  But sometimes there are no clips that I want to use!  Just…frustrating!

2: Video Rendering

I use WMM and a Windows computer so it isn’t easy to skip through a video because it takes forever to load and it will keep playing even though all you see is a black screen.  So I always have to watch through the WHOLE thing.  Even the boring parts.  Then it takes forever to render a two minute clip.  Literally.  Then there are some really long clips and things like that

3: Using WMM

Okay, I don’t hate WMM like some people but there are some things that WMM doesn’t do.  a) it doesn’t do overlays.  If you see when I had my trial for Video Pad, I did some overlays.  Now that’s over.  WMM doesn’t do video/image overlays :(.  b) you can only have ONE text box which really annoys me like crazy.  So only one line of text at once.  c) it messes up some stuff. Like in my Progress Video, you can see a little skip between clips where the beginning of some clips is paused for a moment.  Sometimes the skip to next video is just really choppy.

4: Downloading

Yes, you have to “download” when you make a video there is a special way of downloading it in 1080p so it can be in a movie format.  Not a WMM format.  So yeah.  I don’t like it because it takes forever.  Yup.

5: Uploading

I don’t know what  I dislike more: downloading or uploading.  Tedious process that takes forever.  I am always waiting for it to finish so it can be done!

But I still love making videos because it is fun :).  I don’t make videos for viewers, I do it for fun :).  [Oh god, I’m using too many smiley faces again 🙂 ]

I know this is a short post, pretty pointless but yep ;0)

Loves 🙂

Buckle Series Funb

Ha.  No, I didn’t compete.  I helped my friend with her horse, Kass…well AKA Kassian.  He is a cute, adorable litt.le boy.  It was really funny because his mane is all weird and half of it was on one side and the other half was on the other side and my friend and I tried getting it to stay on one side…

No, it won’t.  So it kind of stuck upwards.  I used some detangler to try to get it to stay…  I was just like, “He’s jealous of Engela.”  Engela is a Fjord at the barn.  We groomed…well kind of.  He had a sheet on last night so only his neck was dirty.

My friend showed and then we came back and my friend told me to untack….and she rides English so I had no idea what I was doing.  I just undid the billet straps and took off the girth.  I was a fail.

Rinse down then cleaning the pasture.

When we were walking to the office area we saw a horse with a huge mowhawk and I couldn’t help but say, “Be jealous, Kass!”

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Posts that I Have Not Finished

Here are sneak peeks of posts that I have not finished yet:

Trail Safety:

Trail rides are fun and enjoyable but it is important to do the right thing when problems arise.  When riding in groups or by yourself there are ways to keep safe and be courteous to others.  However, it is a good idea to ride in groups.

Keep an Eye Out

Keep an eye out for anything that might spook your horse, be an emergency or might give you a problem.  Horses often alert you about things.  For example once I was riding on a trail during the camp and my horse, Joe was suddenly really alert.  I looked at it and saw that it was just an arena on the trails and nothing to be worried about.  Also keep looking ahead for things on the road to avoid, but most horses are good at avoiding things on the ground.

Be Prepared

Be sure that your horse knows all the basics, is able to cross poles and bridges.  Also have the correct materials.  You should bring along a hoof pick, a cellphone (that is charged…but some places don’t have service), bandages, whistle, poncho or plastic bag, trail map, compass, halter worn under the bridle, an extra long lead rope that is tied around the horse’s neck or saddle horn.  Consider carrying around these items in case of an emergency.

Keep Calm

Absolutely stay calm in an emergency.  Overreacting or being tense can worsen the situation because your head isn’t clear.  Sometimes just being calm on the trails is a good idea so your horse doesn’t feel the urge to spook at something.  If your horse is being super tense about something, be calm, talk to him and move on.

Equine E-Letter Issue 9

Appaloosa is best known for their spotted coats.  There are a lot of different coat patterns.  Their coat color was depicted in many different ancient countries that occurred at the same time.  The Nez Perce native Americans were interested in the breeding of horses.  They bred may “Appaloosas”  Appaloosas weren’t known much by the people until the magazine Western Horseman published an article about the breed.