|One of the few usable photos from the ride (mostly because I make it a habit to NOT post giraffe photos to FB haha).|
However, upon further reflection... one thing did change this ride -- I had DH running braid her mane. Partially because it annoys me that it falls on both sides, and partially so she would look better in the photos (so vain, haha). But now that I think about it, she's never worked with her mane braided. It was fairly loose (he was in a hurry), but I imagine it still might have been a sensation she wasn't used to? The only reason that even occurred to me was because SprinklerBandits posted this past summer pondering whether tight braids increased the tension she had to deal with at shows. So now I kind of want to ride Cinna again this weekend (without braiding) in the same bridle, and see what I get. It's possible that I'm insane and she was just having an off day. But if for some reason she was uncomfortable with the braids, I'm glad I found that out now and not the day of the show! If it is the braids, I forsee a LOT of work in braids this summer.... My fingers are cramping just thinking about it. On the plus side, the show in a week is a schooling show so braids are optional.
|Don't ask me why I thought putting my hands a mile apart would help.... I don't have an answer for that.|
The rest of my week was less productive than I'd hoped, because later Monday night I stepped on a thumbtack barefoot and ended up with it embedded pretty much flush to my skin. Thankfully mom was over for dinner and was able to pry it out, but that kind of put a damper on pretty much everything that involved me being on my feet for the rest of the week. I guess the silver lining is that my tetanus booster is up to date, so at least we didn't have to add that to the pile!
Wednesday was a walk work only day for Ruby, because I was grumpy and not feeling well. Of course, her walk is so much fun and we played with some lateral work and TotF so by the end of the ride my mood was much improved.
Thursday I got a fun package in the mail from Riding Warehouse (details to come later), and also scored what I am hoping will be my new show boots (mighttttt have already posted a teaser on IG haha). This weekend we are supposed to have unseasonably warm and lovely weather for the Haunted Hunter Pace I'm participating in, so hopefully I will have lots of fun content and media for you next week!