Apparently I forgot to video Friday, but this video from the previous Saturday is pretty indicative of what the trot looks like with some consistency right now.Last week FB memories was reminding me about her first show last fall so it was fun to rewatch that video and compare to where she is now. At the time of that show we were barely in the double digit under saddle rides (the show was ride 13, haha) – now we’re… slightly higher than that? Her work has been totally irregular for her entire life, but she almost inevitably picks up just where we left off. After we got done working, she was still a little warm, so we hand walked down the driveway, and then down the road a bit.
|#mareglare forever and ever amen haha|
I had grand plans to do a really lengthy no-stirrup ride on Ruby Friday afternoon, but my plans got slightly derailed when I got to the barn and discovered that someone had pulled a hit and run on a huge section of fence in front of the barn. Thankfully it wasn’t fence containing any horses, and the driver managed to (narrowly) miss hitting the trailers driving through a SECOND section of fence. But of course it made for a very exciting afternoon with the state Highway Patrol coming out. Miraculously enough, the person was caught, and BM’s fiancée already put the fence mostly back to rights, so the long term impact will be low. But it certainly rearranged my afternoon schedule a bit! I did manage to climb on Ruby shortly before sunset and we did ride, it just wasn’t quite as productive as I’d initially planned for.
|Gratuitous dachshund shot.|
Saturday the weather was beautiful (well, beautiful for November?) and I was determined to make the most of it. I got some outside things done at the house in the morning, then headed out to the barn early enough that I could ride before doing chores. Not only did we have a really excellent no-stirrup ride (I’m shocked at how much longer I can sit her trot even after only 4 rides, clearly I need to ride sans stirrups more often than just November?), but I also dragged out the bridge again and we worked on that again too. I’m not sure where the panicky/rushy/whatever issues with the bridge came from, but by the end of the ride Saturday she would step up and halt on the bridge without immediately flinging herself off the side, so that’s a win.
It was dark when I headed home, but I grabbed Cinna, flipped the lights on, and did another brief lunge (in just a lunge cavesson this time) and we worked more on verbal cues, including switching directions on the line, which I am not sure I had gotten around to teaching her. I had to stop mid-session and unclip her so I could climb the arena fence to break up a cat fight (is this really my life?) but when I came back she willingly went right back to work. We didn’t work long, and then at the end I let her play on the line a little.
|What Cinna thinks about working in the dark.|
|Hey look, blurry photo with my cell phone from the lighted arena!|
She kept burying her nose in the sand and just standing there. She pawed once or twice, so I thought she might want to roll, so I unclipped her and let her wander off the line for a minute, but then she just came back over to me and rubbed her sandy face all over my jacket (thanks mare).
Sunday my plan was to ride her and get some new photos, but it was kind of drizzly and grey most of the day, so I ended up binging Mindhunter on Netflix with DH and dachshunds all day, minus a brief grocery run to town. Ah well, it happens.
Last night I was scheduled tight on time with a GMO meeting in the evening (and a 1.5 hour round trip drive to/from the location), but I did manage to squeeze in a short ride on Cinna between work and leaving for the meeting. She tacked up in the quickly fading light, and then I flipped on the lights and headed to work. She was back to gnawing on the bit for about 60% of the ride, but it also wasn't the one I worked her in on Friday, so I guess I'll swap back to that one for riding. I have three or four bridles set up for her and normally just grab at random, but clearly I need to go back to what's working for her -- the HS baucher on my Otto bridle ;)
|Slight departure from our normal matchy-matchy color, look, I'm expanding my color palette! ;)|
It wasn't a groundbreaking session in any way (mostly just highlighted both of our lack of fitness and all our inconsistencies under saddle), but it's nice to be working towards some semblance of a riding routine during the darkness of late fall/winter in the Midwest!
Kind of looooving Cinna in hot pink!ReplyDelete
She can rock basically any color which is how I justify my *cough* extensive collection 😂Delete
Yikes about the fencing! Glad they got the person who did it and the fence was simple enough to set to rights.ReplyDelete
I think long term the problem is to replace quite a bit more of it, and it was too cold to reset all the shattered posts, but at least it's not all droopy and sad like it was Friday!Delete
*plan not problem... Whoops!Delete
Scary about the fence! Sounds like you've been busy :)ReplyDelete
Always busy busy busy! At least this time it was for mostly fun reasons (riding)!Delete
Aw Cinna is so freaking cute thoReplyDelete
I didn't realize how few rides you have on Cinna! She's really coming along famously especially with all the breaks she's had. Your lights look like they're working great! It seems really bright in there. I need to get my butt in gear getting mine revamped. Or at the very least the bulbs replaced in the current ones... Still working with temporary lighting!ReplyDelete
Haha yeah my guesstimate would be less than 40 rides still and she's like five and a half. I'm actually the worst owner/trainer ever 🙈 but she's a good egg!Delete
And yes, the lights are working out better than I even imagined! Definitely recommend for those of us who are budget conscious (or who would rather spend our money on unicorn tack 😉).
Pretty jealous of those arena lights, not gonna lie. They came out great!ReplyDelete
Definitely a worthwhile long term investment!Delete
I want lights. But #efforReplyDelete
Can't help ya there 😋Delete
What a nutso driver. Ugh. And I'm envious of your lights! That's awesome about an evening winter routine tho. I'll live vicariously through you!ReplyDelete
Well I haven't managed it again since then, so clearly "routine" was being optimistic haha -- but it's definitely nice to have the option!! ☺️Delete
You are making me feel guilty for not making use of my lights!ReplyDelete
If it makes you feel better I haven't used them again this week 😉Delete
Cinna is so cute. I especially love the lip flip photo :)ReplyDelete
That's scary about the driver, but I'm glad the damage was just to a fence and that no horses were involved. EEK!
I'm super jealous of the arena lights. I wish more barns I went to had them. It would make winter so much easier on me.
She's such a goober 😂Delete
And yes, the fence incident was rough on the barn owner -- thank God no horses were involved!
I'm a little surprised more barns don't do lights, it really wasn't that hard or expensive!