Thursday, June 27, 2019
Helmet: One K
Shirt: Smart ass and sass
Belt: Mane Jane
Boots: Regal Patent
So that's what I rode in last night! And I have a work outfit too.
Top: Green Envelope
Belt: Pony Locks
Pants: Kut from the Kloth
And that's it for today! Any favorites? Do you have any horse hair jewelry or accessories that are special to you?
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
So we left off with Pammon arriving last Tuesday (in the rain). He had that day off to settle in. And then Wednesday I decided to just give him a lunge.Figure there's no rush to getting going with him, and it's nice to let them ease into their new lives, right?
Thursday brought rain. Again. So. Much. Rain. So I gave the horses at home another day off, and went to ride Eros. It really is nice having an indoor over there!
|What a view!|
Anyway, Saturday my horses at home had a day off, despite the beautiful weather. Why you ask? Because I went up to Saratoga to do the alumni class at my favorite horse show.
|post ride sweaty selfie with Sochi|
I was trainer-less for the fence portion which was a bit of a bummer, but not the end of the world. We schooled well, and I was feeling pretty good going into the ring. It wasn't too tough of a course, a few single jumps, one line and a roll back, finishing over another single jump. Sochi was perfect! Me... not as perfect. I got a good canter starting out, but I kept seeing the move up distance and never trusted that we'd get there. Which resulted in a lot of chippy spots. But we got around without anything too embarrassing happening. We ended up 5th out 5, but that was fine with me. I had a lot of fun, even if the distance fairy wasn't with me that day!
|As a donor, I got my name on the fence! This was the ring I showed in too.|
I headed out around 6:30 to get home at a reasonable hour. It was great to see my friends and get to put on show clothes for a day. I can't wait to get back out there with Pammon!
But there's no rest for the weary around here! Sunday was chock full of horses. And pretty much nothing else... I didn't make it to the farmer's market nor the lake this week. Fortunately, there was no band this week anyway, so no loss there really other than the lobster roll.
Anyway, back to the day.... I had a 9:15 lesson with Eros. I tried him this week in a broken steel pelham. It wasn't bad, but still not the perfect bit either. I have a few others to try. I'm sure there's something out there he'll like and not want to lean on. There has to be! I liked the action of the pelham, it did help some. But I think the mouthpiece wasn't the right one. So part way there anyway. It was a decent lesson, but we definitely still have a fair amount of work to do. We'll get there!
After my lesson, I hopped on Fefe for a hack. She's such an odd horse! She's not big on actual work, and she's constantly looking around and seeming spooky. But she never actually does anything wrong. So I guess that's fine? The only time I have a real issue with her is walking back to the barn. she wants to rush all the way there. And if you tell her no, she pushes into you while jigging, or she rears up. BAD MARE! Not sure what the deal is. She's perfectly pleasant to go out to the ring. And she leads fine in the barn. Mares are so weird.
After finishing up with Eros and Fefe, I headed home to get to work at home. I put Pammon on the lunge again before I rode, just to be safe. He had Saturday off, and I just don't know him that well yet. Better safe than sorry when you're riding alone is my opinion!
He lunged perfectly. He was a little fresh, and offered up a few gallop-y steps, but that was the extent of it. I climbed on after a few minutes, and he was just perfect. He has the most amazing trot, which will take me some time to get used to. But he listens really well. If that amazing trot gets too big for me, a little half halt and he comes right back. The canter is dreamy. I have to remember to keep my leg on though. He's much more forward thinking that my other horses, which for some reason makes me take my leg off. But if it's not there, he will break to the trot. (As he should...) So that's something to work on too. Leg on... who'd have thought? Lol.
My final ride of the day (number four for those of you keeping track) was Miss Shiny. She was super lazy, but her canter departs are improving so I'll take it!
I had hoped to give Rio an extra turnout but it got late, so he just had some really good groomies instead. He didn't seem to mind that at all.
Tuesday it was pouring buckets all day, so the horses at home had the evening off. I went and flatted Eros instead. He was super unmotivated to start out (I think he prefers the outdoor) but once he got working, he was wonderful. I get that. Rainy days are for Netflix and the couch. He's not wrong.
And that's it! It's been busy, and I'm definitely having to get used to riding every day again. But it's wonderful, and I'm SO excited to be back doing what makes me really happy. And doing it with horses that are enjoying it too. Yay!
How was your week? Do anything fun with your horses? Show, lesson, clinic, whatever? Tell me all about it in the comments!
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
My second confession is that I'm kind of riding terribly. But not in a bad way if that makes sense? I'm struggling a bit because I'm really just getting back into everything, and I'm riding a bunch of different horses. (#firstworldproblems) And they're mostly all new to me. Eros is my one familiar, but since we've just started jumping again, even that is pretty foreign. So I'm riding the struggle bus big time, just trying to figure everyone out, but I feel like I'm not too far away from having it all come back together again. In the past week or so I've gotten to ride five different horses!
So they are all different, and they are all reminding me how to ride correctly. It's just getting the old body to follow suit. I think we'll get there though. Just gotta keep trying.
Do you have anything to confess this week? Do you know that feeling of being kind of a disaster, but you know the good is just around the corner? Share your stories in the comments!
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Helmet: One K
Belt: Mane Jane
Boots: Stivali Romitelli
So that's what I wore riding last night, and here's what I wore to work!
Top: Ronner Design
Belt: Mane Jane
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger
And that's it for today! Any favorites? What are you wearing? Raining there too?