Friday, May 31, 2013
First of all, had 2 GREAT rides this week so far! I say so far because honorary little sis Nicole is flying in from NY to come ride this weekend!!! Yay!!! So I will see her on Sunday and hopefully ride. I say hopefully because there is a 60% chance of tstorms ... :(
Secondly, the news you've all been waiting for! If you're especially observant, I actually spilled the beans a few months ago, on the "about me" box to the right. Drum roll ... we're moving to California. This is the big, driving reason I'm trying to sell Tiki. If he doesn't sell in the next 3 weeks, we will plan to take him with us, which will seriously put a damper on our travel plans. We already have the 5 day route planned and mapped out ... taking Tiki will really mess that up because now we'll have to find places he can stay overnight. Ugh, the STRESS of it all! I've lowered his price by almost HALF my original asking price, HOPING someone will bite. I can't let him go for nothing ... he's sound, young, experienced, and I've put SO much time and money into him. It's not like I'm asking 100K for him ... 8K is incredibly reasonable, overly so! I just don't have much time left. So, if any of you know someone looking in GA ... PLEASE send them my way!
We're moving to Sacramento. It's SO beautiful there. There's actually a big eventing barn about 15 minutes from where we'll be living with board slightly lower than what I'm paying now. That's where he'll live if he ends up coming with us. If he sells, I plan to still go out and hang out there and get to know Cali horse people, maybe even take a lesson here and there. They're in the process of building a big xc course, so maybe I can get involved in that, do some volunteering and what not.
Rode the red head Monday, and he was just lovely. I put on his cc saddle and the hunter bridle, which currently has the HS D-ring on it, and I literally did the ENTIRE ride as circle, reverse across diagonal, circle, reverse across diagonal, rinse and repeat. Even at the canter I did this! I've had to suck it up and ride with a crop the last few rides because the dressage trainer across the street has borrowed my spurs and has yet to return them ... so my legs are getting in some good exercise! I HATE riding with a crop because it makes my arm stiff, but having to do it has made my arm a little better. He started out a little on the stiff side because he's basically sat doing nothing for 2 weeks, but as per usual, he relaxed into the exercise and just got better and better. At the canter, I halted across the diagonal, walked a few steps, then picked up the new lead. That way he didn't stress about whether we were going to do a flying change, and he didn't get 'pulley'. I had a single x-rail set up, and I cantered him over it, reversed, picked up the canter, circled, then cantered it off the opposite lead. We both felt really good. He didn't change to the jump, I counted down from 5, and all our distances were perfectly good and acceptable. Love my boy! He is so wonderful. Jumped it probably 6 times then called it a day.
Today I slapped on the dressage tack, and we did some stuff in Star's pasture down in the front field. He was a brat when I mounted, and I had to halt, back, then get off then back on again. Star wasn't helping because she kept coming over and trying to investigate as I got on. Fortunately, 2nd time he remembered his manners and we walked down towards the road. After a brief time walking both directions, I went to the trot. The fenceline is weird in that pasture, it's not straight, so I worked on sticking with a rectangular arena with nice, square corners, but I had to ride it off my eye. Easier said than done! Especially when a previously mentioned Morgan mare decides to come down with you and graze RIGHT in your way. Alas, I was able to work around her, and did pretty well with my track. I did some huge serpentines all over the pasture, working all the way from one end to the other. I focused on his bend, his step, and the flexion ... he did great with it! Heading towards the road, it's slightly downhill so he wanted to get a flat and quick, but I regulated my posting and half halted, and good to go! I ended with a HUGE centerline exercise, basically trotting right up the center of the pasture. There is SUCH a long centerline dong that! I sat the trot, and did left shoulder-in, switch to left haunches-in. Then come back, adding in a few circles along the way, and repeat right. Then do it again, this time L S-I to R S-I and back again. Then, pick up canter straight on centerline, circle, come back to centerline, walk simple change, and circle other way. That was HARD. The area I was asking him to circle on was very uneven, and I'll be DANGED if the boy didn't feel AWESOME. Light, balanced, and just full of try and effort. I did that a total of 3 times, then let him be done. Awesome day, I will be sore tomorrow! If we don't get rained out Sunday, I want to jump a little bit :)