Well after yesterday's advice, I think I have the situation sorted out. The seller finally responded to me and I should get a tracking number today (if I don't get it by the end of the day, PayPal claim will be filed).
|Four days of dealing with smarmy car salespeople so he could acquire this.....|
After the riding plans for the beginning of my week were disrupted due to my local GMO meeting and then finalizing DH's car purchase, I was thrilled to get back in the saddle Wednesday evening and last night. Wednesday, I took a long conditioning hack with one of the other boarders at the barn. There are several good hills and open fields on our trails, so we took advantage of those and did lots of trotting and some canter work -- we even circled around to do the biggest hill four or five times! Ruby was fresh but very obedient. I don't think I've really been on the trails since some of our really big rainstorms (or at least only a few of the loops, not all of them), and one of the creek crossing was substantially changed, which Ruby was unhappy about. It had a very deep spot, and a very inconvenient tree stump protruding into the only good way across. We made it over, but it wasn't pretty. I'm planning on taking that loop again in the future and trying to drag some of the stuff out of the way. I use the trails more than most of the other boarders, so I always try to make sure I keep them nice when I can!
Last night I decided to split my ride into arena time and trail time (the trail is my reward for actually schooling, haha). Jacki
was letting Mort dry off after their ride and subsequent bath, so she offered to come watch me ride and give me pointers! (something I always find helpful). After taking her suggestion to really work on varying my walk warm-up with lots of changes of directions, circles, and serpentines, Ruby and I were able to pick up a much nicer trot than we usually begin with -- and it got steadily better throughout the ride (better being subjective of course, but she felt better to me). I was having some trouble maintaining a steady tempo, so Jacki had me send her forward and bring her back, adjusting the speed of her trot with my seat, which was very helpful in eventually getting her to listen and maintain a good tempo. I did notice that while she is getting much better about maintaining correct (or more correct, for us) bend to the right, now I seem to have broken the left -- isn't that always how it goes?
After finding a happy stopping point, we headed out to the trail. I wanted to work on our walk-canter departs on the hill, focusing on making sure she picked up the correct lead. That might not sound complicated, but riding so much in small arenas makes it very easy to depend on the wall/small circles to help pick up the correct lead. She managed three out of the four times I asked, and the one incorrect was to the right, which is her sticky lead anyway, so I was pleased with that! The horseflies were out in full force, so we didn't stay out too long, but I really had a good time. The weather looks to be staying in the 70s and 80s for a bit, so hopefully I will be able to get in some good rides and decide what (if anything) we'll be showing at the fall schooling show!
|Blue steel.... haha. |
Cinna bonked her nose during last week's trailer session and so I've been giving her a little time off, didn't want to irritate it with a cavesson. Hopefully she'll get worked some this weekend!
fingers crossed for that tracking number! also i hate it when we solve one problem and suddenly realize another has appeared lol. that's always the way tho!ReplyDelete
Haven't gotten it yet 😠 perhaps I was too optimistic haha.Delete
And yes -- I feel like I fix one problem and three more appear! That might be a slight exaggeration.... but oh well. Maybe now I can get some decent photos to the right occasionally instead of perpetually to the left? Lol
You are getting me inspired to get out and make some trails!ReplyDelete
It's honestly my favorite thing, I get so bored going in circles in an arena. Give me a creek crossing and some grassy fields to run in 😀Delete
I'm so totally jealous that you got to go out and hack. The one thing that the new barn location doesn't have is trails, and as I (tragically) lack a trailer, I haven't gotten to take Leo trail riding yet, which sucks since that's sort of what he did for the last 8 years of his life. Hope Cinna is feeling up to work soon!ReplyDelete
The trails are one of the best things about where I keep Ruby, I love them. I have a short trail at home, and I trailer down to the Katy Trail oretty regularly. Trail riding is good for the soul! 😁Delete
Cinna tentatively has an outing planned for Sunday (in a halter class, lol) so fingers crossed that works out!