Saturday, September 19, 2009

We Did It!!

So the last time I posted I was convinced that Denali was going to be living on three legs the rest of her life....she's fine. I over react. Sigh.... I'm SO happy she's okay. He told me to work her and that the swelling will go away.

I've been so busy at work. These little kidlets really wear me out!! One quick story from work, then I'll get to my exciting news! I have "recovery rooms" in my classroom. My kids go in there to do work, or if they decide that trying to kill one of the adults or each other, we have them go in there to calm down. On Thursday on of my students went in to the "recovery room" after lunch to take a break. His choice. A little while later he came out and sat in his seat. I walked in and there were all these blue drawings all over the walls. It's better than the "BEUTCH" he wrote on the walls earlier in the week. Still haven't figured out where the chalk comes from. Anyway, we then had the following conversation. His name has been changed to protect his identity (of course!)

Me: "Sam, do you know where all the blue drawings came from?"
Sam: "No, it wasn't me."
Me: "Hum...I see. Well how about this. You first go to the bathroom and clean up the blue chalk all over your face, then go clean up the other room."
Sam (after running over to the mirror): "Shit"

Sigh....sometimes I can't help but snicker at them.

Well after the week I had the only thing that can make me smile has 4 legs (I can say that, the hubby is visiting family back east) and she loves me! Friday I went out and decided to trim Denali's bridle path to get her ready for our outing today. I think I've posted on here 3 times about my hair cutting exploits. Well...I haven't learned anything. Poor Denali. She looks like a Trojan horse! I kid you not!!!
She looks just as happy as the horse above. The hubby took my camera to PA, but I'm pretty sure here hair will still be just as short when he comes home, I'll take her photo then.

She's been SO GOOD!! She's so sweet and loving. A far cry from the crazy thing I bought. I'm so happy with her. was the day! We went to a horse show! Our trainer was showing her horse at a dressage show so Ophie's mom, Ophie, Denali and I went to get them experience with trailering, and riding in new environments. All three of them loaded like champs on our way there. Denali doesn't really like being close to other horses, but you shove a few flakes in front of her and she's fine.

When we got there I had my wild pony beast back, she was SCREAMING at everyone. She calmed down and nervously ate for a while. Of course someone's horse would get loose and it would go Galloping past us. Denali freaked. She went pulling back and bent the clip on her lead rope. BUT thankfully my trainer has instilled "HO" in her. I yelled it twice and she stopped dead. She was still nervous, but was no longer trying to break free. I was very proud of her.

I saddled her up (first time she's had a saddle on in a month) and walked her up to the practice arena. I jumped up on her and could feel her nervous jitters. I jumped back off and walked her around a little. There are trails, so Ophie/mom and Denali/I went for walk (no riding) and she started to relax and let out little sighs (I love those.)

We went back to the warm up arena and our trainer jumped up on her. I was a little nervous. Denali moved like a champ! It PORED this morning so the footing was really wet, Denali's movement looked SO GOOD! She reminded me of a fancy smansy dressage horse. She was doing a beautiful extended trot, and picking her back feet up so high. One lady commented on how beautifully she moved. I didn't want to break it to her that Denali never moves like this at home.

I did ride her! I made it, even rode her out of the arena up to where Ophie, and Ophie's mom were. I'm very proud of both of us. Right now I'm justifying my wimpiness due to the month of me not riding her. I need to get riding her on a regular basis. Hopefully the next show we go to I'll compete!

Oh my trainer and another lady who rides at my barn both took 1st place. My trainer is rehabbing a horse of hers that she sold,who was ruined by her new owners, and returned to my trainer as "broken." (They didn't listen when told multiple times that the saddle didn't fit. The horse finally snapped and started bucking.) ANYWAY! (If you've followed that) The horse scored a 78!!! How exciting! I was so happy for them!

1 comment:

Anna said...

I am proud of you both! How exciting for you and Denali of Troy!

I'm hoping Dancer and I will be going to a little all-breed show in October- we haven't gone to the trainer yet, so I don't know.

He's so mizzable with the mosquitoes that he almost runs to me and he'll bang right into me. I don't much care for that, and he's never done it before the skeeter infestation that I know that's why he's doing it. So either I have to beat him to the gate or wait for him to get there and stop before I go in. He's like, "Mom! make them STOP!" sprays help, but the little buggers are going right through Off, Cutter, and horse sprays.

Oh, btw, they never act at home the way they act when they know they're on stage!