Friday, October 2, 2009

Horse Time: Trit-Troting our Way Through Fall

Just a quick update on Gemma-horse (Dutch warmblood) who is getting her act together with consistent training. One of my friends said to me, "She looks like she could jump a house." Too bad I only ride dressage...


This is the first horse I have owned on who I look size proportionate. You really can not tell that I am an Amazon in size when I ride Gemma.


This trot picture shows Gemma balanced and accepting of her fate. We have had many "discussions" about what she has to get used to. This mare is fussy and has been a long time in taking consistent contact in the reins. She would much rather trot around with me not touching her mouth. Too bad, so sad... Just so you have a point of reference, the feeling of the rein contact should be only that necessary to keep the rein from flopping between my hand and the bit. No heavy weight is pressing on my fingers.


Here is the canter gait. Again Gemma is coming to terms with her job and is lightly taking connection without throwing her head randomly about.


There are days that after riding this horse, I can not help but have a gigantic grin on my face. She is getting more fun to train all the time. I think I am truly blessed to have this wonderful mare!

25 Comments for OSL:

Grand Pooba said...

She is so pretty!! That's the exact type of horse that I've always wanted since I was a little girl.

jane augenstein said...

Wow your girl is a beauty! You two look very good together, I love bay horses....wonder why??? LOL Gilly would love her, she is marked like him too...he has two white hind socks. Lets see more of your gorgeous horse, OK????
hugs......
Jane

Pricilla said...

She is beautiful and you look so happy riding her.

Cheryl said...

You don't look like an Amazon on Sharpie! But, Gemma is so much more elegant. Lovely.

The Mind of a Mom said...

Wow what a beautiful horse! and the landscape is amazing too!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Beautiful pictures! What a lovely day. I love the Halloween touches on your blog BTW.

blueviolet said...

This is so interesting! Who taught you how to train horses?

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Julia and Gemma - Two lovely brunettes!

By the way, you are not "Amazonian" in proportion! You are willowly, elegant, and tall!

Ratty said...

I would love to be able to learn to ride a horse. My family comes from pl;aces where everybody did it, but I grew up in the city. It's just too late now, so I'll just read about your great horse.

Ms Snarky Pants said...

You two look beautiful! Looks like a lot of fun!

allhorsestuff said...

Simply Gorgeous!!! You totaly made me giggle with the Amazon comment about yourself! Tee hehe.
You two are so well matched...you truly dance together in the pics..love your smiling face Julia!
KK

Aunt Spicy said...

Wow! The photos are amazing, the background...you and the horse...beautiful! It sounds like training is coming along well! Maybe I missed it in an earlier post but how tall are you? If the average height for women in the US is 5'4 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_height) there might be a lot of us who qualify as Amazons!

Yaya said...

Beautiful! I'm jealous!

Sara said...

Beautiful! She looks like an amazing horse. I'd have a smile after riding too. :)

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Lucky lucky you, sharing your life with a horse! I keep hoping some day. . .someday soon.

Frogs in my formula said...

You look so happy. I have to admit, I've only ridden a horse once in my life. I rode bareback and it was so much harder than I thought it would be.

allhorsestuff said...

Came back today to view your lovely ride again...really love those captures of you two...very inspiring.
Noticed someting kinda cute too....
Your "Pony tail" matches your Ponies tail!!
Love it~
KK

Karen said...

That is a beautiful horse. I wish I weren't afraid of them. They are so big!

Raven said...

What a stunning animal! I wish I could own horses, they are such amazing creatures.

Raven said...

Just wanted to let you know that you have an award over at my blog. :-)

Apron of the Month Club said...

Hi Julia,

Hope you had a good weekend. Gemma is so beautiful and you do look happy riding her. As for me, the weekend was an adventure of emotions. What a wonderful and blessed life we live!

Yoli

Five O'Clock Somewhere said...

She looks fantastic! There is nothing more gratifying than when the training sticks and they get it. You should be proud.

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

The last picture is gorgeous! What a gool looking mare:)

Mountain Woman of Red Pine Mountain said...

You two look beautiful together and I bet you would be a fantastic jumper. It's really a thrill sailing over those jumps with the perfect partner.
Anyway, I'm glad you two are happy together and doing so well. I think these mares can be kind of difficult so I've switched to clicker training and just starting to make great strides.
Thanks for the beautiful photos of the two of you.

Petra said...

OMG what a beautiful mare...you make an "eye-candy" couple...