Early Days

Playtime at Schranch

What an adorable logo!

This past weekend we had our first outing of 2014 – we trailered over to Scheck Ranch, lovingly referred to as “Schranch.” It’s only a few minutes down the road, and was a great way to get the horses off the property and have fun visiting friends.

Nestled in the Santa Rosa valley of Ventura county, the facility is just lovely.

Main barn center, turn outs at left, ring below.
I’ll be honest – my lesson was a bit frustrating. My trainer and I just weren’t on the same wavelength and it took me forever to figure out what we were supposed to be doing.
For example, she had me push my knuckles into his withers. Like so:
Without background context, this was confusing and frustrating for both Hemie and I. Turns out Laurie wanted us to have a few minutes simulating side-reins/bit-up, where Hemie would have 100% consistent rein length. But until she said that, I had no idea what we were doing and thought she was instructing me to use pressure and release on his withers to try and get him more engaged.
Then apparently my releases over the jumps were horrible.

I didn’t understand what had changed – I’ve never had an issue with releases before. At the end of the lesson Laurie explained that Hemie is starting to use his neck more over the jumps. She kept messing with my hand placement, when I’ve never had to work on that before. I believe I normally do an automatic release but she wanted a long crest release. She also said I’m sitting up and pulling back too quickly after the jumps. Ugh so frustrating (and major self guilt-trip for hitting my pony in the mouth!).  Hemie didn’t seem upset, but still.

On the positive side, it sure was a lovely day. Perfect weather. You can’t complain too much when the whole country is in a polar vortex and you get this:

Sunshine & t-shirt weather.

This coming weekend we’re headed to Temecula for the Galway Downs fundraiser clinic. I’m riding with Hawley Bennett-Awad and look forward to reporting back!

5 comments on “Playtime at Schranch

  1. Sounds productive and overall positive. I think it will be awesome when you get to ride in the clinic!

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  2. Sometimes the best lessons are frustrating! It'll get better.

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  3. Have fun at the clinic. I can't wait to read about it.

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  4. The weather has been gorgeous; it was 90 in SLO today! I use the plant my knuckles in his withers a lot, and it is for just that reason – a steady rein. It is hard when you don't know quite why you're doing something. That happens every time I ride with Christian. In the end, it makes sense, but sometimes it is frustrating when you're not sure what is supposed to be happening!

    Can't wait to hear about the clinic!

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  5. I am just staring at your pictures that include green things. I need to move out there!

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