Once again, I am several ride recaps behind and will do my best to catch up and resume our regularly scheduled program!
|Different kinds of horse power.|
I went out with the intention of doing stretchy work in the new arena, wanting to ensure that I didn't overdo it following the last two hard rides.
When I showed up at the grounds I was frustrated to see the excavator was still working on the ring pounding posts in. I wandered both horses over (was ponying Spud) and saw they were only about half complete, so grumbled and debated to myself about what to do. Annie felt pretty good - she walked out excitedly when we had left the barn, but I attributed most of that due to the fact we hadn't hacked out around home in a week due to the clinic and prior days off.
|The green space I typically ride in extends to the left, closer to the sea-cans.|
We did a lot of simple changes and after a few successful ones in a row, I went back to working on big/small trotting like Anthony had directed back in the clinic. She moved out willingly and happily and I quit after getting some successful leg yielding at the trot. Even cooler, she barely even glanced over at the excavator that was pounding posts in and didn't even bat an eye when a semi pulled in with a long trailer (carrying more buckets). I was pretty pleased overall, and promised Annie some trail riding would be in her future since we had been schooling so much the past few weeks. Spud, however, misbehaved whilst being tied and reared a few times just to show me how pissed he was he wasn't anywhere close to the green grass blades. Sorry, dude.
|It's the perfect schooling place. Truly.|
Anyways, I went out early to do chores and once I got Annie ready, I let her graze until R texted me that they were ready. I bridled Annie up and hopped on - she was a little antsy to get going, but the severity of it has severely diminished, which I am happy about. As we rounded the corner A was walking down the driveway with her mare Lenaya and Annie just about slammed on the brakes! She's not used to seeing other horses except AJ and N, so it was a bit of a surprise (hence the reason I want to ride with other people!). R came out of her driveway with Colby and the three of us toodled our way to the grounds.
|She blinked, but she's looking like a real horse now!!|
We decided to ride over to the fairgrounds, being that it was the evening and the grizzlies were back in the area and we felt it would be safer to stay to the well-traveled trails. Initially, when we arrived, I had intended to do a light school in the ring (now that it was free of equipment) but instead I ended up riding my horse the most out of the three of us! Which, wasn't hard given the fact the other two horses are quite out of shape.
At first, Annie was a bit skeptical of the ring because it didn't have all of it's rails attached and we also hadn't ridden in it in forever, haha. We did a lot of circling, especially because Annie decided she didn't want to leave her friends (she didn't pigroot, but she felt like she would float off towards either horse if given the chance).
|Pretty lady <3|
After that, we wandered out of the ring and took the long way back home. Before we parted ways, we stopped the horses just at the end of one of the streets we'd all branch off from and stood for several minutes just chatting and gossiping about small town drama. It was nice - the horses quietly stood as cars passed and although Annie was a little less than pleased to leave the other two horses behind to head home, she complied and eagerly snuffled at her mash once we got back to the barn.