|Tiki loves his kitty|
Well, it's been a week since literally laying Timbre in the ground, and my heart has finally stopped outright hurting. I kept it together pretty well for the most part, and I'm finally adjusting to my "new normal". I have 2 other "fur babies" that need my time and attention, and I can't dwell on my feelings of loss with regard to my wonderful partner of 14 glorious years. I HAD that time with him, I got to send him over the bridge on MY terms, and my MIL is concentrating on making his grave a beautiful memorial to his life.
I didn't ride at all last week. I've been feeling a little bit overwhelmed, and if I'm being honest with myself, a little bit depressed. I vowed to shake it off this week, and for the most part I have. Put out a 'paid' ad for Tiki, and lowered his price on my sale blog page, and I'm finally starting to get a few nibbles. STILL praying as hard as I can for a teeny tiny lottery win so he can continue to be mine, but barring that, trying to motivate myself to market him a little more aggressively. Soon, y'all will find out the main reason I'm sacrificing a large chunk of my happiness, but first there are still moving parts that need to be finalized. Soon, my friends:)
I rode the gorgeous red head yesterday and today. Put on the dressage tack, and employed once again a Jeff Cook type flatwork exercise. He was out at PWF last weekend, and I audited all day on Saturday. I just love him. I WISH so much I could have ridden in it, but hey ... I got to watch! I focused on using half the arena at the time, paying lots of attention to his straightness and my track, and his bend as I approached the fence. He felt VERY stiff on the right rein. Left, all felt light and lovely. Right, I felt like we both were struggling a little bit. To be fair to him, I also have not done much at all exercise wise in the last 2 weeks, so I probably wasn't much of a help to him. I INSISTED that he maintain his flexion through the poll, and closed my legs every step to squeeze out of him as much movement as he could give me. A friend borrowed my spurs, so I was riding sans any artificial aids!! :0
I rode him for probably 40 minutes, just doing the half arena exercise and going back and forth, and LOTS of circles. I trotted several poles and worked on maintaining rhythm and power. Rather than cantering a bunch, I worked trot/canter/trot transitions. At the end, I was pretty pleased. He settled into a nice and steady contact, and gradually that right side loosened up and I felt like he was more willing to bend his body rather than tilt that head. Success!
Today we just walked hills. Nothing fancy! He was pretty forward considering I was still spur-less. I actually dropped my stirrups on the uphill and sat hard, opened my hands to encourage him to breakover at the poll, and used my seat to create as much energy as possible. On each downhill, I halted and backed a few steps to work on building up that back end, ALWAYS! Finished with a nice long rein hack through half the pasture, and gave him a bath. His coat looks so great right now, I love that deep copper color. Here's to moving forward:)