So I was happy that I had won the division of the judged trail ride two weeks ago and then I got a phone call asking me what would I like my prize to be. I'm sorry, what? I get a PRIZE?? Turns out I won a Professionals Choice rope halter and lead rope. Go us! I got it in the mail yesterday. While I am not a huge fan of rope halters, it is super cool I won something and am torn on if to sell it because I don't really need it (already have a rope halter/lead anyway) or keep it because it has a cool story. At least it is black and not pink or orange or something.
Last weekend was horse camp here and my students had a lot of fun. The horses got baths, even the unhappy donkey got a bath, we played with ground work and then practiced some trail exercises. It was my second horse camp this year and it was certainly a success. Now I have to hurry up and get the donkey ready to pull me around in a cart so at the next horse camp we can go trail riding as a group, they can go riding and I can drive the donkey. Poor donkey will be so unhappy. HA!
I have been trying to ride at least twice a week and am doing a pretty good job of it. My knee is giving me some fits, it is currently a bit swollen and pinching when I walk but isn't super painful. I can finally ride in the dressage saddle with stirrups so I figured it was time to bump it up. If nothing else I really need to strengthen the muscles around my knee as I still can't squat down with that leg due to lack of muscle.
Last week I rode in my jumping saddle and while I can do what I need at a walk, including standing in two-point, I couldn't do much of it in a trot. Tuesday I rode in the jumping saddle again and after a lot of trying I was finally able to make it one lap around the arena in two point. Success! It was also pretty dang painful and I wasn't able to squeak out even a quarter more of a lap but I did finally get a full lap. Once. Once I can get a little stronger in the knee I will work on endurance and fitness and then start going over small jumps again. Just waiting for this knee to finish healing so I can get back to really riding.