Blogging does help, it's a great way to organize my scattered thoughts on all things Bridget and riding. While part of me feels sorry for any readers who wade though such dry material, another part of me is glad I've kept this mostly a training diary...there's no pressure to be interesting or entertaining, it just is what it is :)
Anyway, surprise, on to yet another ride and lesson recap! First off, daylight hours and sunshine are sadly lacking in this part of the world come winter. I don't know exactly the last time I was outdoors in the sun, but I know for sure it must have been in September - we've had a very wet and dark fall. I hacked Q mare out in the dark last night and it wasn't the best. Cool weather = hot horses and probably for safety sake I should stick to daylight hours or lighted arenas on her. (She's not being overly naughty, just feeling good.) I'm planning on another lesson with her soon, I enjoy them with her.
|Need more of this, please|
On to Ms Bridget. Bridget lives in her own pen at night so we can ration her food. By the time I went to grab her last night, she had already put herself to bed in her pen, and was hoping for her haynet, not the halter I was carrying. Poor B!
Our lesson was more of what we worked on Monday night - keeping B straight and in front of my leg every stride, making those hind legs quicker. I don't know if it's the weather or the lack of turnout, or both, but she's been feeling a bit 'stuck' and stiff through her neck and back, which is a bit out of character for her. It's minor, but it definitely requires a longer warmup and some patience. It's been a while since my giraffe pony made an appearance.
In keeping with the theme of being too busy, I'm being too busy as a rider. I feel like I've improved, but I seriously need to work on NOT nagging the pony. I think a good part of B's current fussiness can be traced back to me. (The rest is her thinking moving her hind legs more is a dumb idea ;)
|post lesson, about to be tucked into bed for real|