Monday, March 12, 2018

Like a Lion

I actually managed to get more done than I thought I would this weekend, which was a nice surprise! Saturday morning the girls had a farrier appointment. The weather finally warmed back up a bit, and they were LIT when I turned them out (to burn off some energy before the appointment). That helped a little, but getting off the trailer and then walking up the driveway to the barn, Cinna was still a raging horse kite. As in, passaged up the entire driveway. Shitty passage, but there was definitely hang time, haha.
This dog is so damn goofy.
Ruby got trimmed first, and was perfect, as per usual. The farrier commented on her great feet, although with the weather we're having, she was a little thrushy behind. Cinna strutted out of the stall and basically cat-walked up the aisle to the cross-ties -- the farrier laughed and asked me if she always moved like that. I wasn't sure if he meant it in a good or a bad way, but apparently he was impressed. I showed him some photos of her under saddle and we chatted about her propensity to be a huge mover when she was relaxed, the problem was just finding that relaxation. She was a bit of a shit for the first hoof, but I kind of expected some theatrics, so the addition of a chain reminded her of her manners and she let him trim the others without a fuss. He did find a small abscess in one of her frogs -- he showed me a nice little gusher of pus. She never took a lame step, not even on the lengthy gravel driveway, so clearly it wasn't bothering her too much. I did opt out of riding her later, just in case, and I'll keep an eye on it (since we're continuing to have gross weather). Then she hung out in a stall like a grown up horse while I cleaned stalls and did some chores.
DH with his goats cracks me up.
We thought it was dried out. We were wrong. Oops. (its 4wd, we got it out, I just thought it was funny).
In the afternoon I had some time to ride Ruby. I put her back in the Verbindend (I've been riding in a different bridle with just a generic eggbutt snaffle on it), and she was great. Didn't have the propensity to get root-y that I was noticing before, and super willing to stretch without curling. I was worried the ride would get off to a bad start when I was in the process of swinging my leg over, and Cinna and Jack both exploded like a horse tornado only a few feet off the arena fence, but Ruby just gave them a dirty look and let me get settled. Good mare.
We had absolutely no issues with the elusive right lead Saturday, which was great. I think part of the problem previously is that I was overthinking it and overbending her -- I can't remember which blogger wrote about that, and how too much bend was actually preventing the horse from picking up the right lead, but it clicked something in my head. I certainly wouldn't say the problem is solved yet, and it might have just been a fluke, but I'll try it again next ride and see if it keeps working.
Sit up dammit. Ugh.
Wheeeeee!
The rest of the ride was uneventful in the best kind of way. I rode in my Schleese for the first time in a while, and I think I could have dropped the stirrups another hole. I'll just toss the rest of the photos up, I don't think I have anything else coherent to add about the ride. Just trucking along, putting in the miles and those wet saddle blankets. I haven't really had many under saddle photos of Ruby in the last year or so, but now that she's home, it's nice to be able to have some progress shots! (although DH is now grumpy about taking photos, so I might not have any for a while besides between the ears shots haha).
 
    
 

I make super faces when I ride. It's a gift.
 
I also frequently flop like a very large sack of potatoes and my saintly mare carries on anyway.
This was me laughing my ass off at my horse. Don't know why. Just go with it. 

Sunday, we had plans to visit my family a few hours away, so I had no plans to ride. But Mother Nature but a kibosh on that, in a major way. Come back tomorrow to see why ;)
So over me taking her photo.
Also, I've convinced one of my best friends to join the "dark side" and start blogging! If you want to take a peek and welcome her, check out Elucidations of an Equestrian Book Nerd!

26 comments:

  1. Sounds so productive! And love all the media! Also what kind of saddle pad is that, because I think I need one

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    1. These are my FAVORITE saddle pads 😂 -- http://www.dressagebarbie.com/2016/05/tack-review-highpoint-advantage.html?m=1

      I seriously have like 6 of them. Any time TOTD runs them on sale I buy like 3 more, they're amazing schooling pads.

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    2. I don't know how I've never known about these before, but I seriously love how they look! Plus teal. Love teal.

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    3. Yeah I love unusually shaped dressage pads!! 😍

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  2. lol i love the laughing picture haha! Ruby is just so freakin pretty tho, awesome that you're getting so many great pictures!

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    1. I think we were trotting a diagonal and she just got so excited and was like "CANTER?!" and I was laughing at her exuberance. But thank you! I obvs think she's gorgeous but I admit to having a serious bias lol

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  3. She looks so great!! Her neck is my favorite - so perfect and drool-worthy!!

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    1. Thank you! She does have a rather fantastic neck. I really need to trim her mane 🙈 haha

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  4. I really like Ruby, she is so cute.

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  5. Lovely stretch! Also semi-obsessed with your color coordination. Very impressive!

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    1. Thank you twice! Although this was kind of a "dress down" day. It can get more color coordinated, believe it or not 😂

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  6. You guys are looking awesome!!

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    1. Thank you! Occasionally things come together and we look semi-functional, haha

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  7. Our brains can definitely get in the way of riding. Glad Ruby was the best girl and didn't take cues from Cinna or Jack lol

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    1. I'm the queen of overthinking! And yes I definitely saw my life flash before my eyes as they came tearing down the fence line bucking 😂

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  8. Is the thing that interrupted your Sunday plans that Missouri decided to dump SNOW on us?

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    1. Shhhh, spoilers! You'll have to check tomorrow to see 😉

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  9. She looks GREAT! Sorry about the weather that came. I'm already dreading tomorrow. DREADING IT!

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    1. I mean, on the plus side, it's melting already? But second winter can go to hell haha.

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  10. Those stretching photos though O_O

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    1. I love when people tell me iberian horses can't stretch -- really? 😂

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  11. Ruby is so lovely! I feel like your matchy matchy skills have leveled up with the helmet! 😍

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    1. Haha I love that helmet though. Just a cheap schoolie, but I smile every time I put it on!

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  12. Annnnnnnnnnnnd again, I'm making swooning eyes at Ruby. *drool*

    LOL DH and his goats. He can come be bffs with my neighbor friend who bought a 42 acre farm to have goats. He's a crazy person and started off with 18 MALE ONLY goats. Now he has a couple females but only so he can get MORE goats. *headdesk* He'll be a bachelor for life, but at least he has a bachelor herd of goats to keep him company?

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    1. Omg that is too many boy goats 😂 if they aren't castrated, I literally can't imagine the smell. I love spotty pajama bottoms but I'm ready for him to head off to his new home and get back down to just one boy haha. I'm dying sitting here thinking about the bachelor with with goat herd bahahaha

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