Browband: Boy O'Boy Bridleworks
Half Pad: Mattes
Browband: Boy O'Boy Bridleworks
Anyway, I do still have horses to love and enjoy so let's talk about them! There's been a lot of rain. So much rain. Always raining. I mentioned that yesterday. I'm still hung up on it. Despite all the rain, I haven't really missed out on any riding other than Saturday which was definitely more of a choice than a forced day off. I've felt like I haven't been quite as disciplined in our work schedule this summer, so the last couple of weeks I've been trying very hard to stick to a plan. I mean, I've ridden all the horses six days a week (with occasional weather interruptions) all summer, but I just feel like we've had more "easy" days than we maybe should have. And I haven't been consistent with our jumping schedule either. But now that everyone is feeling good, I'm trying to get back to our usual schedule. Which is roughly something like this:
Tuesday: Flat day- Stretching and working on forward! (We're all a little behind the leg at the moment. oops.)
Thursday: Flat day- easier day, make sure everyone is sound after jumpy day, keep working on forward
Saturday: Flat day- lateral work!
Sunday: Sunday Funday! Light flatwork, usuallly bareback for Eros and Shiny
For the most part, we've been pretty on top of this the last couple weeks! Yay us!
Al's been generally pretty good lately, though I think I've completely uninstalled his gas pedal. I am really struggling to get him moving. He's a little more willing when it comes to jumping, but on the flat? I'm DEFINITELY working harder than he is. He'll for sure see some training rides when we move to the other barn for the winter. At the end of the day though, I kind of prefer having to work hard for forward over trying to stay on the whirling dervish he can sometimes be... Of course, as I was singing his praises about not being so spooky, he was ridiculous today. He didn't feel wild at all, but he was VERY concerned about... well everything really. So much dragon breathing and threats to rapidly reverse directions. Which unfortunately led to me not jumping him today even though it was on the schedule. I'm hoping maybe tomorrow we can pop over a few fences instead. He did jump last week though, so we're not totally off track.
In other news, as mentioned yesterday, I went to the fair on Saturday to visit my friend and her moo cows. She has Jerseys which I think are the cutest cows. They won some ribbons and had a good show.
I jumped Al first today. We avoided the spookiest jump which I stupidly placed right in the moving shadows... But we jumped most everything else. I had to tuck in some of the fill because of the wind, but I have a plan to fix that problem for next week....
Shiny went last. I was starting to run low on time, so we didn't get AS much done as I'd hoped, but we still popped over a few things. She wasn't bad, but I really needed more time to get her going. I've found this summer that you kind of just have to keep jumping small things until she decides she's there to play that day. Once that happens, she will actually start to take you to the jumps and she's a really easy ride. Up until that point though? She sucks back at your leg, and chips to everything. And if you try to rush her through this silly process of hers?
The week was busy outside of horses too. I attended the most beautiful fund raiser gala on Friday evening. One of the families at the barn have a son with a very rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, so they organize this fundraiser every year to benefit research for the disease. Not only was it a fun night out with the barn friends, but it was successful too, and they raised a lot of money.
Thursday I had an old friend from high school stop by who is in town visiting from California. It's always great to see her, and one of our more local mutual friends came by too. Shiny wound up having a day off because I spent too much time hanging with my friends. But these things happen. And it was worth it.
Saturday was Rosh Hashana dinner with the family which was delicious. So I've been very well fed this past week and all kinds of socialized. Clearly, it's time to return to my bubble and get back to a proper riding schedule!
Did you all have a good week? Windy where you are? Is it COLD? Because it's getting chilly here for sure. The horses are wearing sheets at night. And I might even go throw on their 100 grams tonight. Boo. Summer is my favorite season, and fall is always kind of a bummer for me. But don't get me wrong, I love me some pumpkin flavored everything!
Almost every horse thing that I own I have at least two of because you know, I have two full sized horses. Most things I have two of in horse and one in cob. I have two BLUE mattes plain pads. So I figured I must also have two green. But I do not. Because I ordered them so long ago, I only had Pammon and Shiny at the time. We also had Eros, but he was my stepmom's then and I figured he wouldn't need the green pad since he'd never be at my house. Boy was I wrong about that!
So anyway, that's today's confession. I have no idea what I do and do not have at this point. So get ready: tack and horse stuff sale coming in a couple months once the horses are settled at the other barn for the winter.
For a little added fun, which is tough to see in the above photos, and since this shoot WAS for Pinsnickety, I replaced the buttons on this coat with pins for the shoot. I decided to wear my emotions on my coat so to speak...
And that's it for today! Shout out to Chelsea Lothrop Photography for all the amazing photos on here today (even if blogger makes them look dark and blurry...) and for getting some sneak peaks over to me today so I had something to share on the blog!
Do you show in any of these brands? What are your favorites?
|Who me? -Al (Probably)
But none of that is the most exciting Al story of the week... (Those were the highlights. The most exciting story is more of a lowlight.) Monday morning, I get a text from my helper while I was being lazy and catching up on some lost sleep. Apparently, Al had gotten loose and was running up and down the street. THE STREET. Effing horses. So I threw on some jeans and ran out there, but apparently my helper didn't text me until after he had caught Al and had him safely back in his stall. Hopefully if that ever happens again, he either lets me know asap so I can help OR tells me in the text that the horse is caught. Would save me some panic. Anyway, I was about to lecture my helper (again) about why it's so important to keep the gate closed... when he showed me that Al had somehow knocked all the boards off the fence in one section of his walkout. So 100% Al's fault and zero percent helper's. But he does now understand why I'm such a psycho about the gate at least. Anyway, alls well that ends well as no one got hurt, and by some grace of divine power or whatever Al didn't run into any cars.
Eros is doing just fine this week. He got to jump around on Thursday and was great. I was hoping to jump again over the weekend, but since they got shod Saturday, I wound up not doing that. His white line is doing better, but isn't completely gone just yet.
|Some new fill, courtesy of the dollar store mostly.
I need to get more pumpkins and I also need to attach
them to something as they keep falling over. I think I have
broken fence board that will work.
|And my favorite new fill! I need to get a few more of
these too, but my local dollar store only had these.
|They're pretty amazing though, aren't they??