As soon as the heat sets in, Gray Mare shows up to work looking like a dead rat. Poor baby.
Who would work a horse in weather like this..? Half the U.S raise their hands. The rest shake their head. I’ve got one foot in each boat.
Truly, she falls asleep as soon as she comes in to the cross ties. And yes, this is before 10 am.
Luckily, she perks up once we get going.
This will be an interesting week… Wide tree SDL has been upgraded to an even wider all new County. We’re going to ride, and sweat, and maybe, possibly, still feel even better. Yay! Both of us. (Say it loud and then it’s true.)
Oldest boy – off to week #2 of adventure. Youngest boy, stuck at home with me. Later this week, some blurry riding shots from him.
Stay cool and have fun with your horses in the heat wave!
Let’s see it! It’s been a while since I had a good project, would love some ideas!
Or tell me about a barn/horse project, even if you don’t exactly have a post on it. I want to make something! 🙂
We’ve talked about this before – I really don’t care for just “sitting around”. A new idea to test would come in handy now!
There are a few small projects on my home page under the “Dressage On A Dime Tips” title, if you scroll down far enough. You can see the level of difficulty there…Not Pinterest worthy. Seriously, nothing advanced, and mostly with a glue gun, paint, or whatever..
Yes, very low-level project ideas are welcome:
Remember the Salt Stone Testing Station? Zip ties and baling twine set the bar really low here:
Most of my projects turn out too plain ugly to be blog worthy. Or they weren’t horse related. From you – anything goes. I need some ideas!
Some painful memories to get things started –
Fleece saddle cover (Actually I love it.):
Homemade horse-measuring stick:
Textile material bridle wall-cover (to protect from new-wood sap) with bridle-hangers on magnetic hooks (to avoid making holes in new wood.):
Bigger project with help of hubby – 3 sided matted shelter and gate tree-planters made of painted feed buckets:
Yes, he’s awesome.
She broke the window door like any good horse would.
Crystal embellishment on leather boots:
Makeover wood chandelier with horse-safe acrylic crystals for tack room:
Wood pallet mud-buster for out-door wash-rack:
Crystal bling brow band:
Cheesy show whip:
There’s been more…
This is also very handy when you feel your horse kind of sucks, and you’ve got no tools to fix it. – “Hello!!? It’s your OWN riding!” Well, a diversion. Just saying. For others, there’s tack shopping. But pointing that out would be so snarky.
Unusually cool and non-Juneish, Sunday had a small crowd.
Locals here only come out to events when it’s hot enough to melt into the asphalt, soles of shoes feeling like chewing gum. With added heat stroke risk, and hot enough to where your head sort of boils for at least 5 full minutes before the AC kicks in enough when getting back in the car.
Or something like that.
I did get to meet Karen of Bakersfield Dressage. She’s an avid writer about Izzy and Speedy, and her dressage training with them. Take a peek!
It’s always so fun to meet another writer in person! She was there with her trainer of Symphony Dressage, riding in the Dressage Demo.
Local? Come and meet up! I’ll be at Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center on Saturday.
In the meantime, back home at the farm: Getting our cute dog spook on. ⇓
And some more Death By Stretchy Circle. Horse Addict has promised me one day it’ll be over, so we’re hanging in there 🙂
Next time, a chat about Barn Hacks/Ideas. Hint, this is where you come in again!
Today, posting some of the stuff we’re struggling with right now.
Because dressage is a strange, luscious, struggle for perfection, which most of us will never fully master. Viewed the right way, it’s demanding, fun, and forever challenging. An enigma. Viewed the wrong way – it’s stuffy, incomprehensible, and impossible.
Pick your way!
First off, there’s the leg yield off the long side to X. (Here from K.) To pull it off, there has to be just about two steps of counter flex right after the corner.
Great start. But then there’s the dreaded “petering out”, as we go toward X…
Another struggle is the smooth transition from leg yield right to X – to leg yield left back to the long side. She gets over ambitious, a bit rambling, and then, after laboring too much, you guessed it – irritated…
Focus issues – retaining composure and concentration when herding-dogs start, um, herding. I’m not serious enough for it. Extra credit for just having fun though. You are having fun, right?
Upper body position – still that dreaded little collapsing of the inner ribcage on the circle in canter. We all have our riding position struggles. I’ve got some big ones, and this tinier vice is not going to go away until I actually focus on it. Got some other, larger, stuff to obsess over…
The serious Let’s-Get-Ugly-Right-At-C-By-The-Judges-Box-Mare issue. Full disclosure: this is ongoing, at any time in the arena, but mostly on the short side , where you really want to have a smooth, “Hey this is easy, look at how this just flows effortlessly!” sort of look.
She’ll push back, shorten, resist the aids, and life in general. I try to ignore, push the hands forward, creating space and not restricting her, but we keep riding in a “hiccup” mode like this.
And then it’s over…
I’m hoping the dental earlier this week will help just a bit with this. She had her teeth done not even 6 months ago but the vet already pointed out a few sharp edges.
We’re good to go now, and hopefully comfortable for another 9 months. To be honest, I don’t think it will make much of a difference in her contact, but there’s always hope. Things can always evolve and get better.
On to the next struggle – sticking point for many at the lower levels: The perfect stretchy trot.
Nothing else to say. Other than this movement can be lovely, and sometimes she can get it just right! ⇓
Next up; random twisting and wringing. At any time! Yeah. Exhaustive and humbling, this is still happening. No comment.
When she’s good, she’s just so much fun!..
Feel free to vent about your biggest current riding issue!