You guys I have another Pixio confession to make. This morning I set it up (I'm really getting in a groove and getting quicker with that!) and was excited for some good Ruby media. And then I realized I'd forgotten to charge the camera 😂 I'm legitimately the worst at this! But I did get 3.5 minutes of walking for our warmup, so you can have screenshots of that I guess 🤷 anyway....
I've been slowly recovering from our hay extravaganza -- yesterday was Cinna's turn to work and I still wasn't feeling 100% so I opted to lunge instead of ride... And then halfway through I was kicking myself because she was being SO GOOD. No spooking, no bolting, no dolphining into canter transitions. She was rhythmic and methodical, keeping her mouth quiet and her attention focused on me.
|So majestic, haha.|
|Cinna would like the record to reflect she could also be a bridle model -- especially when braided Otto is involved. |
When tacking up, I noticed a small wound on the inside of her left hind, but thankfully she was sound on it. There was some swelling so after a short lunge I cold hosed it and cleaned it up really well, and will be keeping an eye on it. She tends to bang herself up a bit and it seems like as soon as I get one cut healed up she's done something new. Horses! Thankfully she's never lame from these misadventures, I think she just likes the extra attention and fussing...haha.
|Definitely an attention whore.|
Ruby's ride this morning was similarly uneventful, working on simple concepts. I wanted to really focus on straightness down the long sides so I rode a lot of quarterlines to test myself without the rail doing half the work for me. The first few were wiggly but when I really focused on keeping her between the aids she was happy to march along. I dredged up a technique from a previous trainer imagining Ruby as a flowing creek and my job was to clearly set the boundaries (my legs and hands) in a straight line to direct the energy forward -- it's been more than a few years since that lesson (which was actually on Topaz, before Ruby was even under saddle, haha), so I may not be explaining it well, but it made sense in my head and worked for the ride, so I'll take it!
|Accurate representation of how we usually warm up -- I'm on my phone setting up EquiLab and the music, while she's just motoring around getting loose.|
The canter was a lot of fun today, I am a little sad the camera died so early in the ride. I was really focused on keeping my reins short (because no matter how short I think they are, the Pixio video tattles on me) and my hands forward. I know I'm a broken record, but the left lead canter was so fun I could have ridden it all day. She's getting the hang of letting me half halt more in the canter and not immediately thinking that means break to trot, but rather letting me adjust the tempo. The right lead was a little faster, and she wanted to zoom off a bit more, but it's getting better.
|Realizing I had forgotten to turn the Bluetooth speaker on and remedying that haha.|
I'm so grateful for summer hours right now because we're back in a heat index through the weekend, but being on by 6 am means I can usually squeeze in a productive 40 minute ride before it gets up to the 80s.
Yay for riding time! Both girls are looking great!ReplyDelete
Thank you! I'm afraid I'm going to have to break out the grazing muzzles, they're getting very...round 😂Delete
Helmet/breeches matching game is strong! I agree with Stacie - both girls look great :)ReplyDelete
Haha thank you!! 😊Delete
Yay new boots!ReplyDelete
I'm so excited about them!Delete
The girls look great and Cinna is growing up! Plus you are grounded for not charging the camera!ReplyDelete
Haha I know, that one can be chalked up solely to user error.Delete
Haha forgetting to charge the camera is also something I would do, so I feel you! I am in love with Cinna's roached mane; that was such a good decision! And YAY FOR NEW BOOTS!!ReplyDelete
I just keep making new mistakes, haha. At some point I'll have all the kinks worked out, I hope! I still love her mane too, although I need to spend some time shaping it this weekend.Delete
haha anytime I don't use my EquiSense its because I forgot to charge it lolReplyDelete
I have had a few mishaps before where the beacon or base or watch went dead, so I was due for some dead camera batteries I guess haha. Less excuse for me there, I have a spare! But I figured it would last longer than 3 minutes... Darn.Delete