So preparations for Mia's next show are not going as well as I would like, I have an alarmingly laid back attitude towards it. Yikes?!?! The show is a week and a half away and last night I just did some basic fitness and I rode her once 5 days prior in dressage? I am putting my big girl cap on though and am planning on riding every day until the show. SO is out of town this weekend which makes it much easier as well as I don't have him trying to lure me away with fun or work things to do.
Mia's dressage ride went pretty well, she is SO much more consistent in the bridle now! We are working on trying to get true bend in the trot and it is much better. I would really like to take a lesson before the show but I don't think it will happen, oh well. Tonight I will ride her in dressage again and really buckle down to get things accomplished.
I had a really, really fun trip last weekend where I went to the Ohio Quarter Horse Congress and also visited all of my friends I left behind when I moved. I really, really miss my network of people and I had the warm fuzzies when I thought about the sheer number of individual people that wanted me to visit them and made time out of their day for me to do so. Awwww :) I even went to a hunter pace, a friend brought a TB/Arab cross for me to ride. Despite never having seen the horse before, his resfusal to stand still for mounting and his pulling dirty stops for the first 20 mins of the ride, I actually had a really, REALLY good time. After he determined I was not going to just fall off and I WAS going to force him over the jumps, the gelding jumped everything and we had a fabulous ride. It was a lot closer to a cross country ride versus a trail ride and it was awesome. LOVED IT!! It put me in such a good mood, added to the fact I was actually on vacation, I was floating on cloud 9 for the whole trip.
The last piece of news I have is a biggie, I may have found a leasee for TWH! I have really been at an impasse with him as I really don't want to sell him but as I show Mia next year, I really don't have a use for him. He isn't quiet enough for lessons as he takes his confidence from his riders. He isn't talented enough to move up through eventing due to his gaitedness. I have been actively trying to find a leasee for him for a few months (remember, I even asked my readers!) and haven't had any real interest. It is odd because where I used to live, finding someone to lease was super easy! Anyway, I had placed as on Facebook, DreamHorse and Craigslist and I got a random email from Craigslist from a well spoken gal inquiring about TWH. We emailed back and forth, had a quick phone call, she came out and fell in love with TWH. I mean, everyone always does, but it was good she did too haha.
I told her I am looking for a long term lease and that she is able to show him if that what she wants to do. I showed her TWH's basic movements and we went over a 2'6" jump before I had her ride. It took her a few tries to get the trot and then a few more tries to get the canter but then was able to get his gaits without an issue. She then went over an 18" crossrail and said she loved his jump, he rocks back onto his haunches and is super round. He doesn't run at the jump or run away afterwards and she was very happy. So I sent her the lease agreement and she starts tonight actually! She was a good rider with really quiet hands and seemed to know her way around. I am requiring her to ride when I am there for the first 30 days so that we can work out any questions and she can get to know TWH before being "on her own". She is also interested in coming to my show on the 26th with TWH and showing the greenie division, how cool! Her name is K and I am excited to see how she works out :)