Outfit Day! And it's the LAST one with a blue outfit for awhile, I promise! Even though it's still blue, I think this one is still pretty fun. Here's what I wore today:
Browband: Boy O' Boy Bridleworks
Saddle Pad: Mattes
Half Pad: Ippico
Pammon had his suspensory scanned and things are really looking great. It's a lot smaller than on the last scan and the bony area at the attachment has healed really well. So all good news on that front! He still needs to keep working on his core to protect his back better, but we're definitely working in the right direction and shows a lot of improvement. He is still mildly back sore, but so much better than he was last spring. So things are going well with him! AND we've been given permission to add some canter into our rides. Not only that, but he needs to start doing some lateral work too. So basically, more or less regular flat rides. Canter we have to add in slowly, so for now we're just doing a lap of the ring each direction. Next week we'll add a second one and build from there. VERY exciting though!
Eros also saw the lameness vet on Friday. He's not been lame, but I feel like he's about ready for some maintenance. Doc was really pleased with how he looks, but did agree that he's due for some injections. I'm working on getting that scheduled at my house. Hopefully soon! He had a good week otherwise, and was mildly less crazy in our outdoor lesson on Thursday... He still was spicy, but not quite as much as the week before. Thankfully! My poor arms... Lol!
|unrelated photo of Rita exploring the neighborhood
Shiny did not get to see the lameness vet, but our other vet who has been helping me with the hoof drama checked on her. I am concerned that the leg still has fill, and so he's going to come back on Friday to ultra sound it to make sure nothing else happened in there. I'm still riding her lightly, and she mostly feels good, but I'll feel a lot better once we check it out a little more fully. Fingers crossed it's just from the healing it's doing in the foot.
Despite missing our Friday lesson (just due to timing, Al wasn't on the lameness vet list), he came out ready to work for Sunday's lesson. We were back outside and there were none of the shenanigans we had the first time out there. He's really just the coolest horse. I can't wait to get to some horse shows with him! (I can't believe I'm saying that! EEEK!) All of the good riding juniors were out riding in the ring during my lesson, and they were all so complimentary about Al. Most of them haven't really seen us jump, or at least haven't since the winter. It's always a good feeling to hear nice things about your horse, isn't it?
That's about the extent of what's happening over here. Did you all have a good week and weekend? Do anything fun and exciting?
This coming weekend is the end of the month. Which means Eros and Shiny will be coming home!!! YAY!!! They'll come home Saturday afternoon. Also at the end of this month is a local show that used to be quite a big show. It used to carry an A rating, though I'm not sure that it does any longer. Regardless, it's a show that horses need braids for, so as you may have guessed, I have some work lined up. Saturday is also my birthday. Needless to say, I'll have to put off any sort of celebrating until after this weekend.
I have horses to braid Thursday (2), Friday (4), and Saturday (5) nights. I also have lessons Thursday (Eros), Friday (Al), and Sunday (Al again). And also, I have to move the two horses out of the boarding barn and back home. If Pia keeps me up Sunday night with her barking I'm gonna be a very sad dog momma.
I briefly thought about not being available to braid this weekend. But I really could use the money (Al's saddle won't pay for itself) and I don't want to leave my regular customers high and dry at the last minute. I do want future jobs! So I'm going to likely exhaust myself this weekend, but it will be worth it in the end. Some cold hard cash in my pocket and two horses back home, will be LOVELY!
In order to prepare as much as possible ahead of time, I've already fueled up the truck and hooked up the trailer. I'm going to bring home a few things I'm not using at the barn tomorrow too, which should help speed up packing. My worker will get the stalls ready, and that's really all that needs to be done to prepare for the tall kids arrival. I have reorganized all their home blankets and what not, so things are ready and waiting for them. Which also means I don't have to rush to unpack when they get here. Thank goodness. Since I have five horses to braid that night. Oye. Sunday's Al lesson might be a shit show... Though in my younger years, I rode pretty great when I was too tired to think. Hopefully that will still pan out. For Al's sake. Haha.
Do you guys ever find yourself in these situations where 200 things are happening all on the same day? No? Just me?
Bridle: Joseph Sterling
Browband: Dark Jewel Designs
Pammon is up to 18 minutes of trotting every day. Which... is kind of a lot when that's all you do for 18 minutes straight. Round and round the ring. Trotting along. He's been great, and feels good, so I'm excited for his recheck that is hopefully on Friday. Fingers crossed we can add some canter in!
|I love having a horse that lets me snuggle him when he's napping!
Shiny is our model today since she's just back into the riding rotation. She's still donning her green outfit since it didn't get much use prior to the stall incident.
Bridle: Joseph Sterling
Browband: Dark Jewel Designs
Pammon is up to 16 minutes of trotting this week and I have him scheduled for a recheck I think next week. Hoping we can start adding some canter in soon! His canter is so lovely and I miss it. All in good time though. In other Pammon news, he's shedding tons every day and starting to look less feral. I really need to give him a bath though. He's still holding onto the smelly yet lovable uncle character he morphed into during his sabbatical.
Eros has been a little sassy lately! He was shockingly good for his lesson last week, so that was lovely. We even did a line without any near death experiences. This week though... so much sass. I mean, it's Eros sass, so it's not actually a lot. But he's just excited. Lessons are still inside, but the outdoor ring is open for flatting so we've been out there this week. And he's EXCITED. Like, he actually spooked a little both yesterday and today, and then proceeded to be the heaviest animal in all the land afterwards. He doesn't really do anything wrong, and I wouldn't say he's running off with me... But I also can't let go of his face or he torpedoes around the arena on his front end with a 21 foot stride. Not ideal. The bright side is that he's forward on the flat, and some of his moves are amazing. Like the extended trot when I'm holding that front end up (as I need to do to stop the torpedo) is CRAZY. And SO fun! Even the collected trot feels explosive (but in a good way). I bet there's a piaffe in there, but I have no idea how to ask for it. Dressage friends? How do you ask for it? (He does have a dressage background, I'm not just making up crazy things, I swear!) Anyway... Lesson tomorrow, thankfully indoors since he absolutely would run off with me outside right now. Hopefully it goes well! And if not? It will still be fun. 'Cause it's Eros.
And then there's Al! He's perfect. A total doofus, but so perfect. Our Friday lesson last week was with a prospective new assistant trainer, and he definitely put his best foot forward. Kid knows how to make a good impression. And then Sunday's lesson was our first with the BO since she got back from Florida. It was a great lesson. After warming up over a few fences we did a small course that was a straight line in five, then two bending lines also in fives. Once we completed that, we kept cantering back around to do everything in six strides. Al was easily closing up the fives, so I was REAL concerned the sixes weren't going to happen. But he was just right there and everything worked out nicely. He's such an interesting horse because you can tell he's green. He's a wiggly little baby worm who thinks contact is boring, but then he's also ridiculously adjustable. You don't see it coming! But it's a lot of fun.
Sorry for the lack of media again. My lesson times are generally when there aren't many spectators hanging around so I don't have videographers. If nothing else, we'll have more Eros and Shiny media soon once they're home!
In other news, I got back on my ladder for the first time since the incident... You know, that day I fell off my ladder braiding a tail and likely tore my meniscus? I mean, I've stood on ladders since then, but I haven't had any braiding jobs. I got a text the other day from a local quarter horse barn. They were doing a photo shoot this week and needed a couple of horses braided for it. I just paid my taxes, so a little extra cash sounded good to me! They came out okay. I'm a little rusty. Hopefully they look pretty enough for their photos though!