Midge was giving me a sticky and unwilling feeling even on my hack up the road, so S immediately got on at the start of our lesson time. As with last week, a friendly reminder or two was needed. Yes, pony, you do have to carry yourself, yes you can bend, yes you can move off the leg quicker. Poor pony! Disappointing that she's sort of losing her work ethic as her fitness fades, but I can't blame her. It only took a few minutes to get her back to a better place. We're still miles ahead of the non cooperative pony of a few months ago!
|But it's too hot and I'm fat, silly owner...|
Canter was followed by a brief intermission to allow a lost deer to run through and around the ring a bit. It seemed young and confused, poor thing, and kept leaving, then returning again to run around. It also REALLY wanted to get close to Bridget, so I'm not sure - maybe it was missing it's momma? Thank goodness Bridget could care less what kind of crazy antics the rest of the animal kingdom gets up to, and little deer went back to it's hidey hole in the bushes by the far corner of the ring, being sure to snort at us every time we rode by :)
Since Midge was being uncharacteristically stiff through her shoulders, we opted to teach her shoulder in. I know it sounds weird that we haven't directly addressed it when she does the basics of everything else, but she's usually really free with her shoulders so we didn't want that to be used against us! Whatever we're doing must be working because she surprised us with a decent shoulder in first try both ways. We moved up to a trot and the extra momentum helped her stay straighter and more forward and resulted in a presentable attempt first try. Good girl! It was hot and muggy, so we ended early on that note.
I'm away this coming weekend, so the tentative plan is for Midge to have a short vacation and to be moved this coming Tuesday to our new coach's barn. Fingers crossed it goes smoothly - I can't want to get back to a regular routine!
|Blankets washed and ready to go. Don't judge our |