|"TF is this 6 am crap mom?"|
|Oh okay, totally worth it.|
I was on a roll Monday, so after work I came home and lunged Cinna. DH was blading the driveway, and I'm super bad at photos/videos while lunging, so tragically no media. I worked her in the Lauffer reins and she was very good. She's getting so much more solid at maintaining a steady tempo. And her first upward transition when I asked her to trot, she went right from walking into the most beautiful lofty canter. Obviously that's not the gait I asked for, so we went back to the walk and tried again, but it's so exciting to see her start to figure out how to use all the pieces of her body, and start getting strong enough to do transitions like that on the lunge. She's a long way off from being able to manage them with a sack of potatoes (me) sitting on her, but it's a start!
|The only media I took -- dirty ME boots.|
|Clean ME boots! (I'm so lazy, I literally just dunked them in a bucket of water, and they came out looking brand new again!)|
Tuesday was rainy so I let myself be lazy (I try to pick at least one day of the week I can "sleep in" because it helps me keep rolling out of bed early the other 4 days). We did manage our light experiment that evening, but you've already seen that, so no need to recap it again, haha. Wednesday evening I ran out to the barn to free lunge Ruby. She was WILD. Like normally when I say Ruby was wild, I'm being kind of tongue-in-cheek, because her default mode is typically perfect. So normally "wild" for her is the occasional selective deafness when she doesn't want to stop cantering or something. Not so much Wednesday -- I really wish I could have video'd in the arena, but we were there at that awkward evening time where the light hits the arena just right so part of it is daylight bright and part is totally shadowed, and historically my phone can't even with that. But she was full on leaping through the air, kicking, flagging her tail, snorting (I seriously had to double check I hadn't grabbed the BO's half-Arab from turnout by mistake), doing sliding stops and rollbacks, and giving me tantalizing glimpses of the most insane floaty trot. She was a hot mess, and I basically spent the entire time giggling in the center of the arena as she cavorted around me. Whatever it was, she got it out of her system, and then meekly followed me around at the walk to cool out. She's such a goober -- I know my current schedule shortchanges her pretty badly because on the rare occasions I can make it to the barn, I'm always rushing, but even with my limited attention, she's still a rock star.
|No Ruby media, enjoy a piranha weenie photo instead!|
|Queen of sideeye|
|He is wearing khaki shorts, I promise. They just kind of blend.... lol.|
|I did end up wearing about 20% of this, because Jack is incapable of trail riding without some jigging, haha.|
This morning I had more plans for more productive work with Cinna, but Mother Nature had other ideas -- the only hour of the day I have at home to work horses was also the hour with an 85% chance of storms, thunder and lightning -- the rest of the day should be gorgeous. Ugh. So I am sitting inside writing this instead (listening to the soothing sound of rain on the roof), so at least the morning wasn't a total loss? My aunt and uncle fly in today, so I'll spend the next 5 days with them -- however my aunt is a horse person so I know riding will be on the agenda at some point! Maybe we'll make a trip back out to Indian Camp Creek or Rudolf Bennit!