I am a videographer in Portland, Oregon with a love for all things horses. Originally from Minnesota, my childhood was spent on racetracks across the Midwest. I am currently training my dream horse with hopes of excelling at dressage and Parelli. I have a Cairn Terrier, Ellie, and an old cat named Winston. I am fortunate to have a pretty nice boyfriend who understands and supports my love of horses. My blog helps keep a record of my successes and failures and helps friends and family enjoy the journey with me.
We finally got great weather here in Oregon. Almost 80 degrees on Saturday. I tried to organize a trail ride at the barn to no avail. Our barn is a lot of arena riders and it really is hard to convince people to ride outside despite the miles and miles of trails. I went out alone and I had to hop off and do some groundwork to get her checked in a couple times, but for the most part she did pretty well for being on her own. It wasn't the ride I dreamed about on my way to the barn, but we made it work. On another note, I finally got Maddy to jump the barrels. She knows how to roll exercise balls and she watched me roll out the barrels, so whenever I would try to jump her over the barrels, she would kind of pause and roll them with her knees. I realized she considered the barrels to be something she rolled and jumping them had never crossed her mind. I put poles on each side so they wouldn't roll and when I lunged her around, I was ready with my stick and didn't let her pause and she went right over them. Did it a few times both ways and she even picked up the right leads on the landings...really was cool.