OK so now that we've covered Trigger's drama, back to our regularly scheduled programming. Which, in the winter, tends to be a bit on the light side. But lets talk about mirrors! I've had the chance to ride in a few lovely indoors with mirrors, which is always a nice feature. Particularly since I spend so much time riding on my own (99.9% of the time), it would be nice to be able to glance up for a check in on what's going on -- aka, what sort of weird ways am I contorting my body, and reminding myself to knock it off.
|WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS|
|Definitely demons in there|
|Jack wouldn't even come in at first, he literally ran away snorting in terror and I had to coax him through the door step by step. |
|The next morning in daylight I let them all take a long look at it and get some of their snorting sillies out. |
|The night before, Trigger hadn't even twitched a muscle at it, but I guess that's because he didn't NOTICE it, because the following morning he almost tripped over his own feet trying to backpeddle away from it lol. |
|Ruby really does love to look at herself though. Very vain. I mean, to be fair, she IS beautiful... haha.|
|That ended up being a day we were doing some work for my mom, and she offered me 6 of her mirrored closet doors once she gets around to replacing them... I'm gonna have mirrors coming out my ears! lol|
They sat around in the barn for a few days until we could get around to mounting them. I did a lot of googling and reading over threads in horse forums trying to figure out the height they needed to be mounted and whether or not they needed to be angled. I decided to start simple, with just one mirror, and to mount it about 4 feet off the ground. The goal was to ride in front of it pretty immediately and then give DH feedback about the height/angle, but then Trigger sort of mucked that up for everyone.
|He's not sorry at all, he's enjoying being fussed over and getting special meals and wearing my BOT wraps. He also didn't have to go outside this morning when it was 17 degrees lol. |
|Because I wasn't sure how much money I wanted to invest into this project until I figured out if it would WORK, we decided to start with mounting them using scrap lumber we had on hand.|
|RIP the last of my landscape timbers I was using as cavaletti -- DH absconded with 4 of them this summer to make edges around some stuff he planted by the house, and the last two went to be the main frame of the mirror.... SIGH. |
|The mirror accumulated A LOT of dust from its week in the barn, so I had the brilliant idea to try to clean it off. I mostly managed to smear dirt alllllll over it. |
Sunday the weather wasn't great for riding (aka, whipping winds and falling temps), so I had to wait until Monday night to finally test it out. Which, come to think of it, was probably far worse from a weather standpoint, but ya know, I'm not known for my good life choices. Like the fact that I went out to ride in jeans, haha. I DID at least put a real saddle on Ruby, so that I had stirrups in case there were any shenanigans.
|Definitely quarter sheet weather. |
|NOT amused.... haha. |
|The answer was... not much. Between the streaky mirror and my very bright lights, the images were a little hard to see and distorted. |
|I do think cleaning the mirrors is obviously the first place to start. And I'd like to see what they look like with natural light, vs artificial light.|
|The only sad thing about quarter sheet weather is you can't see my pretty Mattes pad under there! Note to self. Winter schooling is fine in the cheap pads if the quarter sheet is gonna cover them anyway lol.|
So. At least now I have some homework (clean the mirrors), and also I need to buy a few more landscape timbers to mount the next one. We'll see how it goes :)