|Hacking out onto the road.|
She's had more days off in the last three weeks than she has had since riding season really geared up, but neither of us are seeming to really mind. Monsoon season has reared it's ugly head and on days where we don't ride, I do some light grooming or in-hand work just for kicks. And some days, I just feed her her mash and am on my way.
With all the trail riding and toodling, I'm really proud of her though. After our silly road-hack on September 11th (wherein she jolted forwards after I had mounted and asked her to walk on), I came out the next day and she was as agreeable as pie. I rode her in the front patch of grass by the barn and although she was super excited about cantering and "shouldn't we just canter whenever you put your leg on?" she seemed to settle pretty quickly when I ignored it and just kept asking her to trot. The ride was short, followed by some impromptu "jumping" of a 2x4 I laid on some buckets.
|The small amount of green-space I have to ride in at the barn.|
Once I had finished establishing a leg yield during the trot (without hopping into canter), I patted her and toodled down the driveway to cool out. Since I had the dogs with me and Ty isn't able to walk as far as he used to (another blog topic for another day perhaps), we just went around the block and about half-way around I dismounted and walked the remainder of the way home. Sitting in an office chair during the day and then climbing in the saddle sometimes is a bit of a pain in the.... well, you know. I took liberty in walking astride my mare and worked on some in hand stuff.
Sometimes I feel like these short 20min rides are useless, but I kind of shake my head and remind myself that any time in the saddle is better than none!
|I also lunged her last week primarily for the purpose of|
desensitization. Mare couldn't care less - she was more
happy to lay out some rather pathetic bucks when I
asked her to canter tho.
A few other things happened over the last two weeks - photographer friend came and snapped some pics of me and the ponies, a neighbor came and helped move a manure pile and re-level the one part of the paddock, fixing fences, going to pick up a new roundbale, farrier appointments (which Annie was REALLY good for), and working on the whole saddle fitting thing.
Add in the whole school and work thing and it becomes pretty busy. Plus, we are in the process of Winterizing our house and property, so that's taken a bit of preparation.
|Spud supervised while the girls grazed in the front.|
|She was VERY good for the farrier, considering this|
was her second time being hot shod.
So, we toodle.
|Heading home from a 7.5k ride with N and AJ. I|
tried to convince her to gallop down one of the dirt roads and
she obliged for a good 20 seconds and then her engine died lol.
Our tracker said she hit about 25km/h, which is really terrible haha.
|Our version of "barn door vista" for Emma.|
She has been much better about tying alone now, which
is good to see!
|Another toodle with AJ and N - stopping for a snack break|
during a 9k ride.
|Toodling on her own - she was very snorty, but was a brave|
baby. This was just a short 3k ride since I had the dogs with me.
|Still not understanding this whole eating grass thing.|
|Are you ready? Let's go!|
|She held onto this gob of grass for a good 5k.|
|Good rides are made better with good friends!|