|No where else I'd rather be than on my boy!|
Saturday I got to ride with ... honorary little sis Nicole! Woo Hoo! She came home for a visit from NY, yay! I headed out to Joyce's after a long day teaching, and Tiki man was a fresh little butt head lol:) He ALWAYS is when riding with his mare ... in the cold ... late ... on a Saturday. At least when LR rides him on the weekends, it's normally sometime before 2:00pm. I set up a simple outside line, 2 inside diagonal singles, and a single on the other outside. I tried to make it "scary". Barrel, 2 poles above it, ground line poles, and 3 cones lined up in front of the groundlines on both sides. It stood 3'.
I tried to have some productive flat work, and I feel like I did ok. He was SO fresh, he got swappy at the canter, and I had a TOTAL lightbulb moment! Because he was already swappy and swishy, I decided to ask for a change. Totally unassuming, cantered up the diagonal ... and just stepped out. Didn't anticipate, didn't wrench my hips to the outside, just looked in my new direction and thought about moving his hips over. BOOM! Clean change with absolutely NO change in rhythm or anything! Good for us:)
I put together a few courses, first time through adding a stride in the line, and he was just lovely. Jumped great, did his changes, stayed lovely and quiet, and waited on me to tell him what to do. Other than feeling my leg slip back a few times, my position felt pretty good and solid. When I cantered him into the big vertical, he didn't even look at it funny, just jumped right over, no issue! He's so brave, I'm very proud of him. I really want to haul out to Calimar on March 10 and ride with Mary Bess so we can school around a T level xc course and see how things go. Sat, it was FREAKING COLD, the coldest it's been that I've ridden in at all. By the end of the ride, my nose, ears, fingers, and toes were freezing:) LR rode him and jumped on Sunday, and said he was lovely. Tomorrow I will do a good dressage school ... Friday it's supposed to be cold and rainy so may not be able to ride then, but I will try if the weather cooperates. Next week, I will get in a ride during Mon-Wed ... I've started my Insanity workouts again in prep for our Spring Break trip to the west coast. Exercise breeds motivation, and I'm definitely on an exercise kick again!!:)