Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Toe Snappin', Back Swingin' Fun

There were about 42 times during my ride yesterday that I was cursing the fact there was no way to get video of P's progress.  Gosh she was fun yesterday.  Twitty? yes.  Pretending to be spooky? yup.  but F-U-N.

I was a little apprehensive about what was in store for our ride when P was extra impatient in the cross ties PLUS one of the TB's who lives outside had decided the world was certainly ending so he was screaming his bloody head off without pause.   She was doing her best impression of a giraffe the entire time and stomping and swishing and putting her mouth EVERYWHERE.  I'll admit it was sort of a losing battle.
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You can see P's new 'do.  Frankly, I'm impressed that I've gotten her coat as clean as it is... but our slash and burn mane trim has definitely put us back into eventer-mohawk land.  I got some sideways looks for other boarders, but I think P looks darn sassy.  (Plus, let's be real, I'm not spending 3 hours pulling her locks...)

Anyway, my brain was adding up the extra energy and heardbound-ness and I wasn't loving the predicted outcome.  But, off we went.  Tacked up and headed for the ring just as two riders were finishing up and heading in to most definitely steal P's dinner (or so she was certain).

She was a little counterflexed on the lunge and obsessed with the barn, but she got over that once she figured out that looking at the barn meant she got to work harder (clever beast).

She was back to sticky when I got on (not loving this pattern), but true to form, she moved past it after two kicking/smacking circles and off we went.  After two laps I was GRINNING.  P (admittedly wound up) was expressing herself in a totally acceptable fashion - balanced, springy trot work.  It was a little harder to work the tension out of her neck than it usually is, but eventually I got her long and low for some big loops and circles as we warmed up... My primary challenge was convincing P that neither the poop in the far corner nor the wet spot on the wall by a sprinkler were going to eat her.  She was giving them a wiiiiiiiiiiide berth when we passed and was doing a fantastic job of shying away when I actually held her straight by them.

Finally she relented on the poop and admitted that it wasn't scary.... to the right.

Still terrifying to the left apparently, so I popped into the canter and we just jumped the damn pile instead of avoiding it (weird, weird mare).

When we returned to the trot I asked for P to maintain a little more contact and brought her up to something around a training level/first level frame.  one half halt and whooo boy! I'm sure it wasn't that dramatic, but to me it felt like she just sat and lifted her shoulders.  That led to some seriously fun big trot around the ring.  I couldn't take my eyes off the mirrors - the mare. looked. (and felt). AMAZING.

Her little toes were snapping out in front, she was sitting back, and her back was just soft through the bend....

I rode that carnival ride for about 10 minutes then decided that if she was going to be that forward and balanced that 25 minutes of hard work was more than enough.
I could have stayed there for hours, but it was late, Chicken Little was still screaming his head off in the paddocks and all things considered, P was listening oddly well.

I'll take it!

Next up... remembering to actually set the video camera up and cross my fingers that it captures something other than me catapulting through the air....


  1. I think those rides... the ones that take work, but show progress and are a straight up good time... are the very best :)

  2. What an awesome ride! I do wish you'd gotten it on video, but oh well. You explain it well. :) Glad you had fun.


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