Monday, November 8, 2010

Clinic Photos - Found at last

Finally I found my pictures - and Lisa, from Laughing Orca Ranch, sent me several (they must have gotten trapped in some sort of internet trap and I missed them earlier. All the good ones are from her in this post). So here's a bunch with semi amusing and/or informative captions.

Mark's horse: Surely we aren't going to stand here all day.

See those reins? They weren't broken in and it
was like riding with chopsticks. So I soaked them
in peanut oil for three days. Now they're soft but
smell like a jar of stale JIF.

Smokey: Yes, I can move sideways without even LOOKING!
Eat your heart out Fred Astaire!

Smokey: Hmm. Is that alfalfa there on the ground?

Me: Good boy, keeping his head down.
Mark: Goofball

You know, my horse and Mark's are the same color. In August.

Me and Val (this time I had my eyes open)

Me and Lisa

K and her gelding and Mark counting the collected strides.

K and her sorrels' apparently underdeveloped hindquarter.

K and her gelding (and that dreaded stereo/static generator)

Mark's horse: We're never moving, are we? How come
all the other horses get to go around? Seriously.

Mark's horse: Do you think he'll notice if I move my hoof just a smidge?

Thanks again to Lisa for these photos (there are several more wonderful ones on her blog) and Val for the ones I used earlier (she posted some to) and for Trail Rider's (I used his in the beginning) and for everyone's tremendous moral support. Thank you for being part of my journey.

Ride on.


Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

Great pictures and captions.


morningbrayfarm said...

Great post and pictures, and awesome captions/commentary from you. :D

Jessica said...

We audited our first Mark Rashid clinic in October and I can't wait to take Bar next year.

Really like the way he works with both horse and rider.

Great post!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Great photos! thanks for sharing your story with us.

allhorsestuff said...

Nice, and funny about the reins!

CalamityN'Me said...

Thanks to your in depth information, you've inspired us to attend a Mark Rashid clinic next March. I love your honesty and your ability to make us readers feel like your friends.

I'm absolutely atticted to your blog!

Maery Rose said...

Riding in a clinic and watching the other riders, you can learn so much. We have clinicians (not such big names) come into the barn I board at and I love getting different perspectives on things and new exercises to try out.

Fragrant Liar said...

Fun to see these pics of you doing your horsey thang. What a beautiful ride you have too.

John and Regina Zdravich said...


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

How did I miss this post? lol!

It really was a terrific clinic and I'm so glad to have finally met you and your handsome boy, Smokey, too. :)


Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Love your horse's color, what a beauty:)

Grey Horse Matters said...

Wonderful pictures and commentary. You all look like you had a real blast. Peanut Oil? Great idea.