Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fun with a side of serious

Alex and I have a horse show on Saturday, and yesterday was our last lesson before we compete in our second CCHA event. I'll be jumping a couple of courses competitively at the show, and can only hope it goes better than our last session at the barn.

Even though our instructor assured me I did well, I didn't feel like I did. Duchess was doing her typical Speed Demon thing, and I kept a tighter rein to keep her from rushing the course I was riding. She didn't like that and responded by bucking, which you can see her do about eight seconds into the video. She would have done more of that nonsense if I'd let her, but in order to buck a horse has to be able to get its head down. See how Duchess holds her head so high? It's not her natural head carriage. Her head is high because I'm holding it up to keep her from pitching me off. 

Alex practiced mainly on the flat yesterday. She is getting so, so good. Her hands and seat are so much steadier. I'm really proud of her, especially since riding Stormy is like riding a pogo stick. How she's making it look so easy I'll never know.

And yes, I know the song is a weird choice for the video but I just used it because I liked it. For those who are curious, the group is Cake and the song is Comfort Eagle.

On a more serious note, I've been keeping an ear out for the news on the financial markets this morning. 

I'm not going to profess to have a grasp on the topic of economics, and when trying to makes sense of news of Wall Street troubles like this I look for simple explanations. This morning I found a wonderful interview that explains how Bush's brilliant vision of the "Ownership Society" led to what we're seeing today.

After seeing Naomi Klein interviewed, I'm interested in reading her book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Like Chalmer Johnson's Blowback, it's the kind of book that people need to read in order to balance all the GOP crap we're told about the supposed superiority of doing things the Right Way, both here and abroad.


Andrea said...

Haven't read Shock Doctrine yet, but I would recommend Klein's Fences and Windows.

Whenever you do read SD, I'd love to see a blogpost about your take on it.

laughingwolf said...

while much of what klein sez is bang on, remember... she, her family, and the family she wed into, are all socialists [what the new democratic party in canada is, stephen lewis [her father-in-law] was its leader for some time]... yes, she is canadian, too, so her viewpoint has a definite leftist bent

nice to see you both doing well on the horses, btw

Morgan said...

Thanks, Wuff. I didn't realize she was a socialist. While it puts her perspective in perspective, so to speak, I still appreciate what she has to say if nothing else than because it balances the far-right-free-market trickle-down nonsense we've been spoon-fed here in the U.S.
I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. No one wants full regulation of markets, but the current political crisis shows what can happen when the regulations become so loose that CEO's are allowed to essentially pillage huge bonuses from failed mortgage companies and then sail away as the taxpayers are left to pick up the pieces.

Morgan said...

Oh, and thanks Wuff, for commenting on the horsing around. We're pretty proud of ourselves, although we're prouder on some days than others.

Christopher said...

Spoken like a true, and dedicated, athlete. It's amazing to me how much skill is needed in riding, especially when I see you and your daughter making it look so easy.

Morgan said...

Chris, a lot of people think riding is just sitting on a horse, but done properly riding is a real workout because you use legs and body to communicate with the horse.
That's one of the reasons I ride English instead of Western. There's more contact with the horse in English riding, what with the saddles being less bulky.
Oddly enough, my neighbors who all ride Western wil say things like "Why do ride that sissy way?" or "When are you going to get a real saddle?"
My farrier used to make this comment to me until he sheepishly admitted one day that he'd tried to ride English and found it too hard.