Monday, January 21, 2013

I'm ALIVE! (but barely made it)

Good GRIEF. I promise I will get my flu shot from now on because yikes does the flu suck. I have been absolutely out of commission since last Wednesday, which means that Lucy has sat and done nothing! Of course, the theme of Winter 2012-2013 is "Get Back Into Work, Then Take Another Long Break".

My lungs still can't handle the cold air really well, but I was going so crazy sitting at home that this afternoon I went and tried ground driving her for the very first time! I was really excited to try this. I have wanted to do it for a while and finally bought the long lines recently.

Lucy was so chill about the whole thing, I wondered for a split second if someone had done it with her before. But then I remembered the state she was in when I got her and realised that there was basically no way she had been exposed to this before I bought her.

Within ten minutes she was walking, trotting, turning in both directions, stopping, backing up, and starting to go around on the bit. We stopped at that point to end on a really good note! I was thrilled.

She's enjoyed her vacation. I know this because I could
hardly get the surcingle done up. Fattie!


  1. That's awesome!! I actually just tried ground driving with my OTTB too and was completely amazed at how great he was at it, and how much he seemed to enjoy it. :)

  2. I spent some time researching racing training techiniques, and many trainers do use long lines before they put a rider. Maybe she is remembering or something? Regardless, glad it went well. DONT OVERDO IT....FEEL BETTER!

  3. Oh yuck, sorry you were so sick.
    Lucy is a smart cookie.

  4. Yay. Good job Lucy! Glad that you are starting to feel better.

  5. Most TBs are tought to ground drive before they ever have a rider on them. The random things OTTBs do well, lol!

    1. Same, my boy was like, pssssh, got this. It was weird. Then I researched it!

  6. Ugh, sorry to hear you were sick! That stinks. Ground driving is fun! I've just recently committed to finishing Daatje's driving training, so we've been doing a bit of long lining again ourselves. It's a great workout! :)

  7. Glad you are feeling better! Hopefully you can get back to 100% soon :)

    Good job ground driving! I have always wanted to try that lol!

  8. God aint that the truth, regarding the motto of winter 12-13. Ugh.

    I LOVE ground driving and even used in hand to start piaffe. Its fun :D

  9. What a good girl, horses do seem to enjoy long lining.

    Hope you are feeling %100 soon.

  10. That seems to be our winter theme down here too! (sickness included). Hope you are feeling healthier soon.

  11. Yay. What a good girl. Glad your feeling better.


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