Who ever wishes for a long break, or a break at all, anyway ?
Tomorrow, day 14 of no riding, not counting that 1 st day with a half ride when she first started coughing.
Everything else with her is just right; perky, no nasal discharge at all now, and of course still no fever, or she would have had a complete workup by now. (Some serious weight gain though…) She’s had a few light workouts from the ground and she doesn’t cough at all at the walk or trot.
I think we’re at the end of it. Maybe there’s a fox tail embedded and inflamed somewhere… She just doesn’t seem sick at all. Dental is scheduled mid week next week, so the vet can take a good look in there then, and a blood panel if things stay the same.
A few fun days, just because it’s nice to hang out together, with long lining, both indoors and out.
Of course she’s been a superstar. Fumbling back there with equipment is just fine with her.
Honestly, dragging out the cavaletti poles for the first time since she moved to this farm. Making a commitment to do it again later this month, but then we’ll give it a rest for the summer.
She remembered just fine how to do it. Ridden too, no prob.
Trying to take two at a time, too much work 🙂
Because, can you honestly say for sure that every ride is building up the horse? Never tearing it down?
I know I can’t. We don’t do the wonder-connection-all-the-time-every-time-with-only-positive-physical-benefits. One day we’ll get there. You too I hope! Until then, she gets these strength building days occasionally.
Thought she’d have a blast with this toddler tunnel.
Instead it became the weirdest walking exercise.
Even the dogs at the barn thought it was a strange and nothing to play with.
We have a show planned for next month so maybe we should buckle down and focus on that. Stop clowning around and wasting time 🙂 . This time, she’ll go First Level Test 2. Counter canter doesn’t sneak in until Test 3, so we should survive.
It’s not necessary for the handler to jump too. Who does that?!
Seriously, we’re going to practice All The Things for this show, focused. (But first I have to get rid of this flu that has kept me on the couch for 4 days now!) With no distractions, so she can come in with the right mindset, settle in to work quickly, and pull it all off as easily as an Intro Level test. (Right.)
Gorgeous start on the day. Rain had stopped. Silver Fog, my favorite, mostly because we’re above the fog-line and it’s so rare.
Valiosa did some pole work, and had a “winter cleanup” before getting a clean blanket. It’s easy to do, even with cold water – just a bucket with some tea tree oil and a good splash of cheap liniment (it’s mostly rubbing alcohol which is good for cutting through grease) in the water.
Great for after a workout when they’re warmed throughout, to remove winter funk without having to bathe and dry.
Then Friday The 13th kicked in.
Lunged a horse with a history of pulling away. He still lunged really beautifully, and calmly. Until he didn’t.
Gory pick warning!
Just a little dent, that’ll buff right out!
Yesterday I got the wedding ring cut. 😦 X-ray says a good size crack, with luck there’ll be a visit to an Orthopedic Surgeon this week. (Or how about NOW, please?)
You’re in luck! It’ll finally be a quiet period from me.
Although I’m hoping to announce something special later this week!
How she’d just plow straight through even a half-foot tall single pole. No kidding. (Find it here: Grey Mare don’t jump.)
Well. No one showed up to teach it to her. So we did it on our own. 🙂
Told her she wasn’t allowed to jump high. She did it anyway. Sassy. Where’d she get that from?
Nope, no. No you’re not. It’s not what we do. You don’t have the skills to do it, it could be harmful, and besides, it could confuse your training.
No, we do dressage, you’re a bit lazy, and some say you’re simply not built for it. Besides, you don’t look the part. And I’m not entirely convinced you know how to canter correctly. Just stick to some circles and low-level stuff.
Hate to break it to you, but it’s not in your cards. Besides, it builds all the wrong muscles. And that harsh landing, argh, pounding straight down on the forehand! It looks painful, and it twists the sacroiliac, and do it enough you’ll have an ugly Hunter’s Bump.
Simple facts. Accept your path, don’t monkey around.
Smokes, Wow you did it! Wish you’d feel the same about, well, just trotting straight forward…
OK, I think we should do some suppling work. Or think classical. Or walk slowly in a small circle while I limp backwards and almost topple over every fourth step.
Doesn’t look like much thinking.
I say you’ve lost it and need to move on, and this is a very awkward blog post.