A Softer Horse

It's been raining a lot recently so I haven't been able to do riding or much ground work. I really wished I had an indoor arena to use! I won't have much chance to work with Ruby unless the weather changes for a few sunny days once in awhile. I don't like to work on windy days almost more than rainy ones, depending on how thick it rains. When it's windy it's harder for me to keep the horse's attention with everything blowing around, especially a certain big loud willow tree (Sugar especially is scared of that tree when it's windy). They also seem to have more energy too. 

For this post I decided to watch one of his videos so I could write about it. I did it through YouTube instead of the DVDs so you could see it too:

This is a really interesting video for me. I don't think I've watched all the Fundamental DVDs and haven't seen all these bending, flexing and turning exercises before. Actually I know most of these aren't in the Fundamentals but Sarah was able to teach me a new one including others I learned already. 

Flexing different body parts:

  1. Head and Neck
  2. Poll
  3. Shoulders
  4. Rib Cage
  5. Hindquarters 


  1. Head and Neck - Lateral Flexion

Get your horse soft laterally both left and right


  1. Poll - Vertical Flexion 

Get your horse soft vertically


  1. Shoulder Control

Always follow head and neck - able to move independently


  1. Rib Cage

Get your horse to move their rib cage with leg pressure


  1. Hindquarters

Move your horse’s hindquarters in a 350 degree angle

Buttons

I drew one of Mrs. Davis' dogs, Buttons. 

Finished picture below:

Photo:

As you can see I didn't get it just like the photo, but I had to change it a little to make it look right.  

Little Drawings

Some little drawings I did on trips or just at home. 

This one I painted at home before bed.


The cats I used pens and the grasshopper I painted. I drew them for a friend, I was visiting her family at the time I drew them. The cats are hers and the grasshopper is from a picture she took of one while back that looked really cool. 


This one I drew a week ago in church. 

This Arab I drew with pens at home. 

Gold Legend

This one took me awhile to finish. It's very hard for me to know how long it takes me to draw my art. I'm guessing around two and a half hours but I really don't know because this one I would stop for most of the day and continue at night or the next day so I didn't do it all in one sitting of course. 

Pen Art

I bought new pens to try out! I've never tried this kind of art before but I was inspired by one of my favorite artists Aaron Blaise. He did some amazing Inktober art work that I had to get some of the same pens he had to try it out myself!!

Here's the first art piece I did with my new pens! :D

FaberCastell Pitt Pen B Gray Tones, Gelly Roll white pen, Pitt Big Brush Pen and 101 white, Strathmore Toned Sketch Book.

My Birthday

I haven't been working very much with the horses recently. The weather started getting colder and it's harder for me to work with Ruby in the rain (especially riding). I've also been busy with daily stuff and my birthday which was on October 23 along with my twin brother Nicholas. We're finally 15 now! I'm very excited about the presents my family and friends got me! I can never think of anything I want when it comes to my birthday but this time. I had my eyes on Clinton Anderson stuff. I got a Clinton Anderson cowboy hat which unfortunately was a little too small but I'll be able to return that one for a size up. I got a Clinton Anderson vest and hoodie that are so cool!!! I'll be able to wear that all winter! Here is a picture of me (without the hoodie though). I do have my Clinton Anderson halter and lunge line:


Besides that I got a lot of edible gifts from friends and we had two different days of soccer which we played till the lights were turned off. :D