I have nothing to talk about regarding Friday. It was cold and windy and I hibernated inside with the pugs after work and feeding the ponies.
Saturday I decided to not set an alarm. I knew my helper was coming to take care of the ponies, and my dogs would sleep all day if you let them, so I figured I'd be a little slothy. I got up at 8 and it was stupid cold out. I think in the 20's? Maybe the teens? I dunno. Everything was frozen. So after checking in on the barn stuff, I took myself out to run some errands and get breakfast. Once back at the farm, I had to do some storm clean up in the ring...
By the time I picked up all the jumps (not that I planned to jump them on the frozen ground but SOMEONE would be afraid of them all blown over, ahem... Jamp) the ground was mostly thawed out. Or so I thought.
|The equine version of not volunteering in gym class.|
I threw him on a lunge line first because riding once during the week does not make for a pleasant Jamposaur come the weekend.
|He was still this spooky post ride. I have no idea what he's looking at.|
Sunday was a bit warmer, I think we actually hit 40 in the afternoon! So I was able to use most of the ring and actually get some real riding in. Jamp is kind of the worst this time of year though. He only gives you about 1/3 of his attention, so trying to fix anything is pretty ridiculous. There's one corner that he always has trouble navigating because he's SO worried about the scary end being behind him. Since he's only partially listening to me, yet still wants to be a good pony, he overreacts to everything I ask. Lift your shoulder and move to the outside of the turn? Sure! And then he just bulges himself right into the fence. So I add MORE outside leg and we're leg yielding to the inside. Wash, rinse, repeat. I mean, on the one hand, he is reacting to my aids. On the other, it's a stupid annoying cycle that won't break until next June. I'm not a big draw rein person, but I think it might be time to have a ride in them. Hopefully just one is all it will take.
Rio on the other hand is perfect in every way. Granted, I don't ask him to do anything but work around the ring on the rail, and an occasional lead change... But he does those things perfectly!
|Jamp must have told him to check this corner out|
That's about all that's up this Wednesday. What's up with you? Has winter reared it's freezing cold face in your area yet? Have you been able to ride much? Anything else fun and exciting you want to talk about?