I didn't get to ride last week after getting back from...well you know where :). Tuesday the horses looked horrible with their half shedded coats so they each got a thorough grooming day. App even got a full on spring bath, with two wash cycles. He is SO soft now, still! Nothing like a good bath to make a crappy coat feel so much better. SO made me a knockoff Slick EZ after seeing someone use one at the barn and it works so well! It really is a hacksaw blade in a piece of wood. One piece of 2x4, about a half dozen swipes with a hand saw, tap in a 24 or 32 tooth per inch blade, voila. It works so very well on loose hair! If the horse is groomed daily and isn't having a heavy shed day, it isn't worth it but if you skip a few days it is awesome.
|Who wants grainy cell phone video screencaps?!|
I finally got to ride on Monday and Mia was again all crazy. I threw the jump saddle on and we did fitness, what better way to burn energy! We are both terribly out of shape (unless you count round?), it is funny how quickly trot/canter sets will settle a mare down haha! After the 4th 3 minute canter set she was tired and finally soft. We stayed mostly on a circle that had a 12-18" jump at each end and I worked on forcing her to stay in a collected canter, to politely jump the cross rail and canter off without antics the entire canter set. There were some antics, but not many. It was a success!
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|But look at how consistent she is in her frame!|
It took all of 3 bumps with the curb chain before we went from uncooperative horse to wonderful partner. HA! We rode the Novice test A and the 2nd run through went beautifully. All it took was one tap and 3 bumps, haha! Ahh horses, you kill me.
|And her canter is getting so good too! Though I have no proof|
Just stare in awe of her trot and how far it has come.
We now have to get ready for our show on the 20th, plus learn Novice test B. After this weekend things get crazy until June 1 so I am not sure how much I will be riding, esp after our show on the 20th. I have a test day with the racecar on the 21st and then a race with the racecar on the 26-28. It's going to be a crazy couple of weeks! After June 1 my schedule is wide open so I am hopeful for XC schooling, we need to get on that!