What I love most about Shiny is that she's pretty much always the same. She has her "fresh" days where she might spook a little occasionally, but for the most part, you always know what you're going to get.
|Similarly, I am also consistent in that you always know|
my reins will be too long and my hands in my lap.
It was pretty rainy last week, so I didn't even get the course set until mid week. I didn't plan it out ahead of time so it took me FOREVER. I wound up setting just single jumps which resolved the issue of how to set the lines. Of course we'll need to practice lines at some point, but for right now singles are fine. There is a bending line available if I want to test our stride length anyway.
I set everything super tiny in an effort to make them inviting our first time around... Like nothing is even 2'. So basically I set a course of raised cavalletti. And still I'm a little anxious about our first time around. I think I'm just out of practice jumping alone more than anything. We'll get through it and I'm sure it will all be fine. And if not, our regular trainer is coming back in June. She can help me fix whatever I mess up. I'm SO excited for her to be back. Because of Covid, she stayed in Florida last year, so lessons with her are LONG overdue.
In Pammon news... We've been doing both Eros' and Shiny's weekly lessons, but with just ground rails instead of jumps until we get biopsy results. He's been good, though last Sunday his brain got derailed. The barn dogs kept going in and out of the pond next to the ring, and were running around like hooligans. If they're in the ring he doesn't care, but the constant disappearing and reappearing from the water was too much for him to handle. It wasn't a bad lesson, and we accomplished what was intended, but he was super distracted and I think if the lesson went much longer there would have been some theatrics.
Unfortunately, when we picked up trot in last night's lesson, he was lame. Not totally crippled like last year when he tore that muscle, but definitely noticeably unsound. I'm heading out shortly to see what we have today. I'm hoping he just played a little too hard in turnout and will be fine... but alas. It IS Pammon. Oh and also, we got the biopsy back and it was negative, so no answers there. Doc wants to try a different muscle relaxer and then possibly send him to the vet hospital for some scans. I'm just not sure at what point I give up with this horse? I've had him almost two years now, and we've gotten no where. Sigh. I'll wait to be overly dramatic until I see how he is today I guess.
So that's about it from here. How was your week? Have any good lessons?