With the tack sale taking up most of my Saturday, I ended up snagging a Sunday afternoon lesson time, hoping to sleep in a bit with the time change :) and then my original time got bumped back a little further, because my trainer had a lesson of her own scheduled. That didn't bother me a bit, because I'm so appreciative of riding with someone who also keeps pursuing their own education! DH was helping a neighbor with some electrical repairs, so I was solo this day (leading to a severe lack of media, sorry lol).
|I was wearing my "new" navy tights and decided to mix things up color-wise! When I walked in the barn I think it took a minute for my trainer to make the connection that it was actually me, she's so used to me being in all teal 🤣🤣|
|Watching the tail end of my trainer's lesson - she was taking a lesson virtually using her Pixem system.|
|Me wishing Ruby could learn by osmosis hahahaha.|
|She's perfect - sigh.|
Trainer's lesson had gotten started a little late so while she was putting up her horse, Ruby and I had a leisurely warm up, then when she came back I had her look at all my scoresheets from the show. We had texted over the weekend during the show so she knew approximately how I felt about things (and then she saw the show photos, including the outtakes lol), but it was still nice to be able to go over each individual test with her. All the areas that needed improvements were areas we were already knew needed work and are actively working on, and the 8s on some of the movements we hadn't put much effort into yet (trot/canter lengthenings), was definitely a nice bonus! She got a chuckle out of some of the same comments I did, including the one about me giving the horse confidence even if the horse chose not to listen, lol. That actually got us off on a rabbit trail about how confident Ruby is and how she and cinna are polar opposites, but that's a train of thought for another day. Ultimately she seemed pretty pleased with the feedback, and we had a good chat about how something I originally thought was a total flyer that might go poorly ended up being a really good experience and showed me we ARE ready for the level, imposter syndrome be damned.
|Heading home my GPS told me my 1.25 hour drive was going to take nearly TWO HOURS, but then it managed to route me off the highway just in time to miss the worst of this and make it home in almost the normal amount of time, thank god.|
Today is a holiday so I've had a leisurely morning (I typed this from my phone drinking coffee on my couch covered in dachshunds lol), but the weather looks decent so after some chores around the house I think we're gonna hit the trails!