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

Finished picture below:


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

Finding Surprises and Solving the Problem

In my last post I said I was having trouble backing Ruby. I went down to muck the paddock and clean the trough and had a little time left over to play around with the horses. I brushed and combed Ruby and Sugar and then took out the stick and string. I used the stick and string to back up both of the horses. Sugar, of course, did a great job but Ruby wasn't any better. I worked a little with her and had to make the level of pressure higher on her until she moved. I think it was because I was afraid of scaring her if I got the pressure higher and she found out I was so she became disrespectful. This time though I took it a few steps further and surprised her that I was really able to get rough with her if she doesn't listen to me. In fact after that she started responding faster! I hope I'll be tough enough to do it when we're outside the paddock. I think I feel worried not wanting anything to go wrong and then mess up showing Ruby loopholes where she can boss me around. 

For some reason I pointed her off as if to lunge her but of course I was in a wide rectangle shaped paddock with her off lead so she could run off if she chose to. But she surprised me! She trotted a circle around me as if I had a invisible lunge line or she was following the fence line of the round pen. I just went along with it very pleased and wasn't sure how she'd react if I tried changing her direction. She tried coming to me without me asking, like she did in the round pen and I was afraid she'd go to her bossy pushy self again. I asked her to back up and she did and then I pointed her off again without any problem. I was only able to do this a very short time because my time ran out. It was also dark the whole time I got her to lunge for me so I thought it would be harder for her to see my body language. 

But I was very impressed with her that night! And hopefully I'll see what she does again if I lunge her freely today. :D

From Terrible to Show Off

Yesterday my grandpa came down to watch me ride and show him different exercises of the Clinton Anderson Method. I gave myself an hour to get Ruby ready and mostly have time to lunge her before riding. It took awhile to get her to the round pen; in fact it was pretty bad. I feel like I'm getting stuck a lot on what to do. Every time she gets her 'sticky feet' I either back her up or try the C pattern. But now I can barely back her up that day. When I tried, she would shake her head and it takes a lot of effort to get her to take a few steps back. I've also noticed she gets mad and even takes a few steps forward. I feel very bad that I can't fix this, and hopefully can watch the DVDs more to find answers to the problem. When I try the C Pattern she starts making it a bad habit of turning to face me and pinning her ears back. 

When I did finally get her to the round pen I saddled her. I left her training halter on without the bridle and started the lunging. At first it was going well, in fact a little better start off then I expected of her. In a previous day she nosed the ground lay down to roll. I had to get her back up because she had her saddle on and she wasn't too happy about that. This time she started nosing the ground but I kept her moving so she couldn't stop to lay down. For the first part she kept trying to nose the ground to find a good place to roll but I kept her moving and changing directions. She soon forgot but not long after I had another problem. When I changed her directions she was turned to face me and stop. If I try to point her back and keep her lunging she actually comes forward into my face trying to move me! Only once she struck a little which made me take a step back in surprise but I guess I started getting mad because I made her back up and didn't stop until she was touching the fence. I did start with a little pressure at first to warn her but I had to increase it. When I had her backed all the way I pointed her off and this time she obeyed. Unfortunately she did it two more times and I had to back her all the way before I could start again. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong and why Ruby is behaving badly. I do notice that she keeps cutting the circle and sometimes almost completely in half where she gets too close to me. When that happens she even goes right up to the fence and stop with her hindquarters in my direction and then when I want her to move she chooses the opposite direction I wanted her to go. This is signs of showing a lot of disrespect to me, I just need more knowledge in what to do before they become bad habits or I end up getting hurt. 

When my grandpa came down I ended her lunging and put her bridle on for riding. I thought today was going to be a bad time for me with Ruby acting up that day when I'm trying to show off Ruby to my Grandpa. I've also noticed it's getting bit by bit a little hard for me to put her bridle on. But I thinks it's because I'm not having her head low for me like Sarah taught me and Ruby's getting worse about it. But that's not as bad as it sounds. I remember Raleigh being the hardest horse for me to put the bit in his mouth. 

I expected Ruby to be as bad as when she was on the ground to be the same in the saddle. Nothing of the kind! She did great! As soon as I got in the saddle she didn't show any signs of misbehaving and stood patient while I talked to my Grandpa. In fact I talked a lot, almost the whole time. I think Ruby was happy enough to stand still and if she got impatient and started pawing the ground, I made her move her feet and then stood still again. I know she liked staying where my Grandpa was because that's where I had her stay still so I got talk to him. I knew she would be wanted to go there/near the gate so I had her moving her feet, trotting or cantering near Grandpa/the gate and then rested her at the farthest end. I talked a lot during that time and explained a lot, too, showing my Grandpa different exercises. Ruby did so well with the riding and showed me she could move when I wanted her and stop and stand still when I wanted that. She did show off her stops almost too well. When I had her cantering or trotting freely to where she chose where to go I kept my hands away from the reins. Then when I sat back in the saddle she stopped very fast. Even her backing up was showing off of how well and fast she could back up with very light pressure. Her backing up on the ground wasn't very good, I know Sugar is a champ compared to her but in the saddle she's amazingly soft and easy. 

So sometimes she turns from terrible to show off. I just hope I can learn more with the ground work. It's kind of strange to me that she's getting better in the saddle but worse on the ground considering that I've been working so much on the ground work and so little in the saddle. 

Cold Sunday

Last Sunday I went down to have a nice ride on Ruby. Unfortunately it started raining and Ruby had enough energy to decide to argue with me. Colder weather effects horses and I often see them running around and bucking, which is really cool to watch. 

Like I said when I was leading Ruby, he started acting up and even tried nipping me when I backed her up. She wanted to graze on the way and when I didn't allow her she got a little upset. It started raining harder so I changed plans and walked her back to the paddock. Instead I had her back up and follow me around the paddock for a little while. After that I cleaned the paddock and headed for home. 

I would have worked with her more, most likely without riding and just ground work if it wasn't Sunday. I'm not sure about the rain though, I'd think if it was heavy enough it wouldn't work as well since she'd barely be able to pay attention. And, she might be friskier and uncooperative.

Today (Monday), I went down again but not to ride. It's about the same weather, cloudy and at the end it started raining. I came down to clean the paddock and then worked a little with Ruby who followed me around while I was cleaning. I kept her in the paddock and instead of putting on any halter or rope I got the whip/stick and string and had her following me around. When we stopped I desensitized her and if she got too much into my space I backed her up. She was very lovable that day and stayed close to me been interested in everything I did. At the end before I left I opened the gate part way and let her graze on the grass there, keeping the space out between us so she couldn't walk out. 

Sugar stayed in the shed most of the time and I came to her once in awhile to rub her. So most of the time I spent there, I loved on them. I love it when Ruby follows me!