Saturday, March 19, 2011


I misrepresented the yelling in my last post. The instructor is not yelling at me in an angry fashion - just has her voice raised so I can hear her from the other side of the arena. I was trying to go for sort of a tongue-in-cheek essay but I obviously didn't succeed. I'm pretty sure I need hearing aids. I did have my hearing tested several years ago and the man said I was borderline. I'm probably beyond that now. I do have a hard time hearing if there are several sources of noise happening simultaneously. That has always been a problem for me, however. I hated when I'd be on the phone and people would be carrying on a different conversation standing in front of my desk. I think it may be related to my inability to multi-task.

Me during a lesson:

At a couple of points in our lesson last night we looked like the Keystone cops. None of us could seem to coordinate our positions so we'd all be bunched up together or we'd all decide to cross the arena at the same time to get away from each other. We finally got ourselves pulled together and had a really fun lesson. We decided where the poles on the ground were going to be laid and then each developed our own pattern for going over them at walk, trot and/or canter. I even managed to canter for a couple of beats at the end.

I prepared bran mash for all of the horses after class. The smallest pony was in an outside pen so I put the bucket in front of my feet when I turned to re-latch the gate upon entering. The next thing I know I have a pony head between my legs helping himself to the mash. I am Miss Popularity on mashing days. Everybody is shedding and I've been used twice as a scratching post for horse heads.

The moon was just rising over the mountains when I was driving home. It was beautiful. The icy road conditions not so much.


  1. Sorry, I guess I assumed when you said yelling you meant in the negative way. That's what I get for assuming. I pretty much need to yell when I am insturcting someone on a horse because my voice doesn't carry well so you'd think I'd know that yelling can be solely to be heard. LOL

    I fix a hot beet pulp mash here for some of my horses that need extra weight. I'm pretty popular when I'm feeding that too. You'd think it was candy they're getting, they are soooo pleased.

    Sounds like you had a great lesson. I need to be digging out some poles for riding too. I think going over poles is good for both horse and rider.

  2. I guess we all misunderstood the whole yelling thing. I thought she was giving you the works. Anyway, I hear ya(or don't) I seem to be losing some of my hearing too with the added bonus of tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Just love getting more mature.

    Sounds like you had a fun lesson and were a big hit with the mash.