Sunday, June 08, 2008

Mustang Days!

Look what we did! Holy cow this has been my best birthday ever.

We actually only entered 4 classes, but there were two judges, so we got a ribbon for each.

Here's Tonka waiting around:

This is Star from the Fallon Mustang Ranch. She's a Coyote Lakes horse too, and she's for sale. Go to www.spanishhorsesoffallon.com for more info on her.


Waiting for the halter class. Left to right you have Mouse, Shu-Fly, Tonka, Dixie, and Mestino.I just love Tonka's tail in this picture:

Here's (part of) the lineup. Tonka, Mouse, Shu.

One blue, and either a 2nd or third place, I don't remember, for halter class.
(I should note that I don't know how to smile for a camera, never have. It's not a good thing.)

Trotting in the walk-trot class:

Two blues! I should point out that Shu was the only other horse in the class, and Lori said she's not even really broke to ride. (Shu-Fly is a Coyote Lakes horse too, and has the same feet Tonka has. He thought she was pretty. She thought he was annoying.)

Here's Mestino doing the in-hand trail course. He'd never been away from home! He placed really well and I don't know about his people, but I was really proud of him! I have pictures of him from two years ago, he was in a gentling demo and adopted at the same adoption I got Tonka at. He's a very handsome boy. I didn't get any good full-body shots of him. I want to say he's from Sand Springs, but I'm not positive.

After the in-hand trail:
We also did a riding trail course. Both the in-hand and mounted class gave me a good idea of the things we really need to work on. So I've got a plan for the next few weeks. There's a trail competition closer to home two weeks from now, I think we're going to go for it.

Now, I should say the competition wasn't very stiff, and there weren't many of us there. I think at a bigger open show we wouldn't even have come near placing. But eventually I think we're going to go places!

I want to say a big thank you to Cathy for taking these pictures! I know you had a lot to do and I really appreciate you taking the time to get such good pictures for me. And thanks so much for the coupon for the free 8x10 from the photographer. I think I'm going to have to start a scrapbook for my boy.

Thanks to Lea and Bob for all their hard work on the event. It was a lot of fun.

I can't begin to say how much I appreciate my trainer too. Since I started taking lessons with Debi I have made so much progress and realized how many things I was doing wrong that were causing Tonka to have a hard time. Just in the past few weeks we've made huge strides. I would have looked like an idiot out there without Debi's help. I know Tonka and I still have a long ways to go, but we've come a ways from where we started, and it feels good to know we're doing okay.

I think I'd better go. I'm wiped out. I'll probably babble on about it some more later.

9 comments:

Jessie said...

Congrats! Looks like you and Tonka had a great time. Nice to finally see photos of you riding! You two make a great pair.

Lady Of Chaos said...

Congrats! It seems like you had a blast. Great job!

On that chestnut mare... How tall is she? I'm still looking for a good horse for hubby. I would prefer a gelding but I'm open to mares as long as they're 'big' enough for him.

I'm sure you and Tonka would have done just fine in a bigger show with more competition. You work great together. :)

Mrs Mom said...

WhooHOO! Congrats on your birthday show. You guys look great, and did an awesome job!

ARL said...

Congratulations!
My husband, son and I were going to go on Sunday but I was having a bad day so I decided not to go. Next year though we'll be there.
Thanks for posting all the lovely pictures and info.
Arlene.

Linda Reznicek said...

Congratulations, Andrea. I wish I could have seen you actually competing, but it was great to finally meet you and Tonka in person. He looked awesome. I was SO AMAZED with the knowledge of mustangs at that show. I felt STUPID-in a good and humble way, that is. There's so much to learn.

Andrea said...

Thanks everyone!

Rachelle, the mare is 14.3 hands. I don't know how big your husband is but that horse is built to carry a big rider, even though she's not super tall.I think she's 11 years old. I don't know if she's broke or not. If you click the link on the name Lori it will take you to her webshots page, and I think you can contact her through there.

Arlene, I'm sorry you couldn't come, but hopefully it'll be even better next year! I can't wait to see you and Wildairo there.

Linda, I'm so glad you were able to come, and I'm kinda glad you got there when we were done so we could visit a little. I hope you're not discouraged about your mustang. There is always more to learn but that's a good thing. They teach us a lot, these mustangs.

Lady Of Chaos said...

I couldn't figure out how to email off that site. Sometimes I really hate my computer lol.

My husband is 6'2" tall and around 200 pounds. It would take a really stocky 14.3 hand horse to handle his weight and height.

If you get her email please let me know. Thanks!

Oh and I was going to ask, what sort of things did you figure out that you still needed to work on?

Andrea said...

Rachelle, Lori's email address is fancymustang @ yahoo . com. I also realized she has a new website I had forgotten about. It's www.spanishhorsesoffallon.com. It says there that Star has been backed and has had a lot of ground work, but would need to be started under saddle again.

When I get my brain more organized I'll do a post on what we need to work on. My kids are out of school and they're driving me nuts every 3.5 seconds!

Pony Girl said...

Andrea that is great news! It doesn't matter how much or little competition there was, the important thing as that you and Tonka went, did well, and build confidence. It'll only get better. He looked SO good in those pictures. You should be proud of your boy!!
Oh, and I loved his tail, too! ;)