Monday, 14 March 2016

Weekend With The Ponies

I am so motivated right now! I've been putting in productive rides every day. I don't know exactly what the catalyst has been in the past few months (great coaching, inspirational barn mates, fun pony to ride...lots of happy things to choose from) to change my outlook but I'm as enthusiastic now as I was when I was a kid. (That's obsessively crazy enthusiastic, for the record)
Pouring rain, all weekend long. Story of my life lately :)

I've been having good rides lately. I don't have any new exercises or real breakthroughs to share . I think it's just been a matter of putting in the time and being patient, trusting that what we're doing will pay dividends. Consistency, discipline, boring stuff like that. Midge's canter is really coming along, and as a result, jumping feels much more fluid and easy. Dressage wise, she's getting more and more adjustable, and has a really solid grasp of where I'm asking her to put her body. She's starting to be confident and relax and look for the contact again, so I'm hopeful the giraffe pony is once again slowly leaving us. Her work ethic is also much improved lately, perhaps because I've been popping her over the odd jump as a reward. Nice round, light canter? Here's a jump for you! Heavy, steamroller canter? So sorry, no jump this time. Amazing how her canter has improved so quickly this week lol.
Seriously need to hire a pro photographer. These pics won't work for a sale ad!
Go Ginger go!

In Ginger news, she's doing so well it seems a shame to sell her somewhere new. She's jumping tiny courses with her riders and looking good in her flatwork too. She's super brave to the jumps, even more so than Bridget! She's thriving with the busy schedule and honestly, IMO, still the better prospect of the two of them. She's attending the eventing camp with a next month, and I'm excited about that - I think she's going to love cross country! Honestly, it's getting harder and harder to not want to hop on her for a weekly lesson and/or make some big long term goals.  Therefore, I need to take some new pics and video and renew her ads. Dreams are great, but the reality is I absolutely cannot keep and ride two ponies, and I've been down this road before. Much as I adore Ginger, the Midge is more suited to my present needs...

Right?

 ;)

7 comments:

  1. I had to laugh when I saw this post because that is the way I have been. Good solid rides that have rejuvenated, but no major breakthroughs. Glad all is well with your two.

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    1. Thank you. Boring, but exciting all at the same time!

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  2. What a great post! I've still felt sort of out of it, maybe still getting over the cold but I'm hoping that my motivation will come back once I'm completely over that!

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    1. I feel like mine comes and goes - the more I get out there the more motivated I get. If I take a break, I'm like "Meh, horses, barn time, too tired today" I think it probably all averages out in the end

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  3. it's so excited to hear you feeling so motivated!!!! it's kinda contagious, isn't it?!?

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    1. I watch all the really good, dedicated riders at the barn and I'm like " I want to be like that!" It's so cool how a barn with a great atmosphere and coaching can influence you

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  4. Thank you very much for the sharing! COOL..
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