Friday, October 20, 2017

Silence is Golden


Well in this case, the radio silence is for a fun reason – I’ve actually had a chance to ride this week! Multiple times even 😉 Ruby was not amused… haha. But making it to the barn to ride in the evenings also means I have no computer time to format and schedule posts, hence the quiet. 
I do have a baby goat who likes to try to give me heart attacks.
Tuesday we rode mostly in the indoor. After a lengthy loose rein (or maybe no rein, because I was on my phone multi-tasking by answering emails, haha) warm up, we got right to work. Knowing that I have a lot less riding time, I’ve gotten more purposeful about the work we’re doing when I can squeeze in a ride. Tuesday we worked on a lot of changes in bend – serpentines, circles, diagonals, teardrop shapes, and quarterlines. There was plenty of giraffeing (because OMG WORK), some counterbend (since that is my specialty apparently), and some tension – but there were also many moments of pleasant work. We worked a little bit at the canter, but mostly just focused on lots of trotting. Nothing groundbreaking, but I feel like we’re taking baby steps at getting back into regular work and maybe ready for some lessons again. Maybe? Shhh, let's not jinx it.
Wednesday I was determined to ride again, and I got down to the barn early enough that I rode outside instead. We have several girls heading off for Color Breed Congress next month, so there was a pretty intricate pattern of poles and obstacles set up in the field, which I had a lot of fun with. Using some of the poles and not others gave me a chance to sneak in some lateral work, and I played with asking for canter transitions right after we got through the poles and got some shockingly lovely upward transitions (and some that were less lovely, lol). This was also the ride that made me realize our right lead canter transition is kind of MIA. In the indoor, the arena is small enough that she kind of has to pick up the correct lead, but out in the field… ummmm less so. So, clearly I know what we’ll be working on for a while. 
Might be hard to see, but pole-utopia! (especially since I didn't have to set it up, OR tear it back down!)
Towards the end of the ride I just rode big easy laps around the field at the trot, and whenever we were in a good place, I’d ask for canter, canter 10 strides, and then go back to trot. Over and over again. To the left, the canter work was excellent, and the trot was so-so. To the right, the trot was great, and the canter was… nothing to write home about (minus one super lovely transition using the poles that led to 10 strides of nice floaty canter that I couldn’t replicate again, oops). Not only did Ruby actually work up a sweat, but I had to clean green foam off her boots, bonnet, and my breeches (I’m not going to ponder too hard how she managed to get foam in all those locations haha). We were finishing up about the time some big machinery came in to work on the water line, so we hung out to watch it for a minute (I’m all about the desensitization). I debated hosing her off, but the temps were dropping into the chilly range, so I just gave her a good scrubbing with my cactus cloth, make her stretch for her cookies, and settled her back into her stall.
"Tack two days in a row is overrated." - Ruby
I was really hoping to ride Cinna last night (and take advantage of the beautiful weather!), but we had to go pick DH's car up from the shop -- where it was unceremoniously towed earlier this week when it refused to start. Adulting is stupid expensive, and I would like to not. Can that be arranged?
I did hop on Trigger bareback to check some fence before we picked up the car, so at least I SAT ON a horse.
Thankfully it looks like Missouri has finally settled in to fall, and the forecast looks decent for the forseeable future, so I'm going to keep squeezing in rides wherever I can. Maybe even a lesson? IDK guys, let's not get too crazy yet.

20 comments:

  1. Yay for pony rides (though Ruby may not agree so much).

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    1. She seemed confused by having to wear a saddle two days in a row 😂

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  2. Sounds like you not only got to ride, but had PRODUCTIVE rides! Imagine that?! Yay!

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    1. I know, will wonders never cease?? God I'm the worst at consistency, my poor horses... Haha.

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  3. awesome that you got to get back to some more frequent rides! and esp awesome that Ruby was so game for it! i kinda love stumbling upon someone else's pole exercise that i can co-opt for my own purposes haha, definitely beats needing to set it all up myself! #lazy

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    1. Yeah I LOVE working over poles but I hate setting them up/tearing them down. although if I got some for my arena at home, I could leave them out as long as I wanted.... Hmmmmm I know what I'm asking for for Christmas! 😀

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  4. Sounds like some solid rides there. Yay!

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  5. So great you have been able to get in lots of riding!

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    1. Does two qualify as lots? I mean, for me, I guess 😂

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  6. Lots of riding is the best! I need to work harder at making the time to do it...

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    1. It can definitely be hard. I'm clearly not great at it, when riding two nights in a row is something exciting for me haha.

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  7. Hooray for pony time! I need to make blogging time. Lol

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    1. It's hard to balance everything... Blogging is always the first to go for me haha.

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    2. Same. The central MO blogging contingent is clearly a weak link. 😂

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  8. I was wondering about the silence, and am glad to hear it's because you've been getting lots of saddle time.

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    1. It's sad that I ride so infrequently that two back-to-back rides is "lots" haha. But accurate! But yes, I was very excited to be able to fit in some rides.

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  9. Whew we still have a lot of work to do with poles so I feel ya :)

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