Saturday morning I dragged the ring and set up trot poles. After walking the dogs and my normal barn chores I tacked up Carmen to ride. The weather was cool and it started to drizzle but I shrugged and carried on. As expected Carmen was energized and a bit spooky. But it didn't seem to be fear to me - it felt more like she didn't know how to use her energy so she used it by spazzing. I put her up to a canter and she immediately began to blow and relax.
It wasn't an 'easy' ride but it was one where I had a chance to put all my tools to work. With the rain she was not happy- she doesn't like the noise I think. What I was really struggling with was not tensing when she got very tight and tense. After a few flails I realized that I had to focus on not holding my breath. I began to take in deep breaths every time she began to speed and get fast. I actually couldn't attend to other things or worry whether my seat was following or my hands were perfect. I just breathed.
It's amazing how hard riding and breathing can be. But we got there and finished on a good note. I rode for about an hour and we did a lot of trotting and cantering. But she wasn't even sweaty.
|Mare is getting fit. Her servant better step up her game|
After my ride Ed and I got the tractor and utility trailer set up. We wanted to clean out some garbage dumps we had found in the woods. I don't understand why people in the past just dumped stuff in the woods but they do. We filled 12 garbage bags and had a pile of metal and tires. Here are some snippets of conversation:
Ed: I found a shoe. I really hope that there's no foot in it.
Ed: I think I watch too much TV
But we both checked the shoe carefully before picking it up.
Me: Are you okay?
Did you cut yourself?
You need to go to the house and wash it out right now.
It'll be okay
No. You need to wash it so you don't get an infection from bacteria on the glass
It could turn septic.
What's the worst that could happen?
You could lose your hand.
I could learn to get by with one hand.
You should know that I am NOT helping you to pee.
I'm sure I can manage it with one hand
After we went to the nursery and bought two weeping willow trees. There's a spot that gets wet and swampy and I wanted to plant something that would drink up a lot of water.
That night we went out to dinner with friends and I ordered the steak and scallops special. I was STARVING. I had a good sleep that night. Which was good because there was more stuff to do on Sunday....