Wow! I am so proud of Valero and Cord!I actually rode them! Valero could care less when I sat on him! He responded to my leg cues and bit pressure!! What I did to get him ready for me to actually ride him was I watched Kitty Lauman's Success Under Saddle. I also put fake legs on him(boat bumpers) to get him used to things hitting him in the sides. I was very impressed with how well he handled everything!
I also rode Cord today! He didn't respond to leg pressure(Which i was happy with because the last time I rode him once I put my feet on him he had a bucking fit) This was the one hole we had the last time we tried to train Cord to saddle. We didn't get him used to leg pressure. My mom just led me around while i was on him make sure he had no fits. We didn't get any pictures of this unfortunately.
Today we only had 3 hours to work with our horses due to how busy we were. Valero was responding better to leg cues and bit pressure.
We started off with my mom leading me around on Cord, then I told my mom," Take the halter off." She looked at me like i was CRAZY! haha! "The bird has to leave the nest sometime,mom. Cord needs to figure this out on his own and he can't do that if he is following you the whole time." is what I told her to get her to take off the lead. Cord was very confused at first as to why my mom was not leading him anymore and when I put leg pressure on him... nothing. So to get him to move I turned his head away from my mom . Once Cord got going he caught onto the idea of walking around.
Thats all for this post!! I was going to play with them today but out of NOWHERE stupid SNOW shows up on my SPRING break!!!! UGH!!! Stupid snow!!!
Well it was that annual time of the year for the MM&BSC meeting! We arrived at 11 and there was already so many people there! Before the official meeting began we had time to catch up and eat!(Good food BTW!) Karen came up to me and asked me if I liked her shirt! I replied, "YES!" Later on in the meeting she said,"Since you like my shirt so much you can have it!" So she gave it to me! (SHE HAD ANOTHER SHIRT ON UNDERNEATH WHEN SHE TOOK IT OFF!)
When the official meeting began they started handing out awards,old and new.
*Best Dressed Cowgirl: Angela(my mom)
*Best Dressed Cowboy: Glen
There were 3 new awards, the Dona Brown Living Legend Award, the Mary Brieck Trail Riding Award, and the Jimmie Demmitt Youth Award.
The DBLL's went to ...
*Kristi and Randy for their hardships with Elena and Izzy/Sky. They stood by their horses when they were going through some real bad health spots.
*Brenda and Jay for helping Levi(their mustang) regain his sight and have a new lease on life.
The Mary Brieck Trail Riding Award was made to honor Mary Brieck who promoted mustangs through trail riding. This award went to...
*None other then April!
The Jimmie Dimmitt Award went to ...
*Me!! The award says,"Presented to Jessi in recognition of excellence in promoting America's living legends in 2010."
The whole thing was very emotional! My mother typed up a biography on my whole life! I was speechless at first! Thank you everyone!
We all so very much enjoyed this meeting! Looking around while we were in that group picture I just thought how crazy it was that this group started with just Kristi and Randy and progressed into so much! AMAZING!
Pictures courtesy of Dona Brown.