Belle’s Photo Album
Short Creek’s Wedding Belle
1998 registered Norwegian Fjord mare. 14.1h
I adore Belle! She’s an energizer pony, and she loves trail riding. She’s very sweet and friendly and always seems up for an adventure. We’re doing a little low level dressage schooling with her, and I might want to take her to a schooling show one day, but her main purpose in life is to carry me down the trails (and to make me laugh!)
Belle gets lonely (and Hearts and Horses benefit ride)
Posted on: April 29, 2008
Poor Belle. Every time I go to get Kelton out to ride, which has been nearly ever day recently, Belle comes to the pasture gate and looks eager to get out and do something too. The friend who had been trail riding her with me has been busy doing other things, so poor Belle has been neglected. I haven’t had the opportunity to take her trail riding myself, and
I don’t want to do much with her in the arena until after she’s had some dressage training. But I’ll be getting her out soon, on the Hearts and Horses benefit ride on May 3rd. If you’d like to make a donation to Hearts and Horses to “sponsor” my ride, please go to this page. Thanks!
Muddy ride in Larimer County
Posted on February 10, 2008
Just got back from riding the Blue Sky Trail in Larimer County, which weaves around an inlet off of Horsetooth Reservoir. Nice trail but seriously muddy! Belle practiced her mud skiing skills a few times but did quite well considering the wide load she had to balance!
Good lessons – with Belle
Posted on: December 10, 2007
I also took Belle for a lesson with the same instructor to get some help with encouraging Belle to relax. Ivy is just green, but Belle is confused, and I’m not sure why. I had some success working through her confusion by riding her regularly when I first got her, but then I gave her a year off to have and raise her filly and didn’t start riding her again until this past summer. And then I mostly took her on trails.
She’s super on the trails but gets tense and worried in the arena, as though she thinks I’m going to ask her to do something like run barrels or chase cows — and I’ve never done any such thing! She will start trotting and then go faster and faster, even if I use smaller circles to slow her down, so then I sometimes end up using a fairly abrupt one-rein stop. I don’t like doing that, and it’s not helping her relax, but I can’t seem to stop her otherwise!
So the instructor helped me break down what was probably going on for Belle and showed me what to do when she started to get nervous or tense. Belle is emotionally complicated for a Fjord, but that also means she has the potential to be pretty light and responsive (if we can work through the confusion).
We worked in a large circle the whole time and kept things very simple, working on concepts at the walk and trot, and by the end I was amazed by the improvement in Belle. Not only was she more relaxed, she was moving much better than I thought she could, with longer strides, a round frame, and softness in her neck. I was so delighted! Belle is by far the most comfortable horse I’ve ever ridden, but I would say that the quality of her movement is just “OK.” However, if I can get her to move like I did in the lesson, then I’d say we would probably do well at Training Level — provided she’s relaxed and on the aids and all those other things!
I look forward to taking more lessons after the holiday break.