We are now in the second wave of COVID -19 here. Now to be clear that means that there are now 28 active cases in our province which I know will boggle the mind of some of my readers. However, we've been taking this virus seriously since it's beginning and restrictions are ramping up.
Which means my work has been ramping up. I've been doing a lot of OT and there has not been much time to squeeze riding in. I had a lesson last weekend, then rode Sunday and I didn't have a chance to ride again until Friday.
|an old photo I used for the #drop_your_beautiful_horse_head_challenge|
I love this photo of her
In the past I would have fretted at the lack of riding in terms of the loss of training time. Not anymore. Instead I was just really missing sitting in the saddle and just enjoying the ride. So friday I was determined to ride no matter what. Julia came out to join me and the weather was mild after a midweek deep freeze.
Carmen was definitely feeling energetic. In the cross ties she was a bit cranky but, like Emma says, on a scale of 1-10 Carmen is typically at 11. I mounted in the ring and she pinned her ears and threatened to hump. In the past I would have shortened up the reins and considered getting off to lunge. I would definitely have made Irish go first.
Now I just drop the reins and sit quietly.
Carmen: I am going to blow.
Carmen: I mean it. You are in big trouble.
Me: do what you gotta do.
Carmen: you are no fun anymore.
I just walked her on a loose rein in circles until Julia and Irish were ready. Then we headed out, Carmen leading.
|Poor Carmen- in our lesson I made |
her canter through puddles
We're gaining a ton of confidence on the trail. This time we startled a grouse who startled us. But the spook was a small jump, a stop and then carry on. Another funny thing about the trail is that she knows it really well. When we get to the fork where we can loop again or head to the ring she hurries to redo the loop and hope I go along with it. Often I do. When I do insist we go to the ring she sighs but listens.
|Carmen: seriously, are we eventers now?|
As far as schooling goes it was a good working session. But that wasn't the point. What I really enjoyed was being out, breathing in the fresh fall air and feeling the movement of a horse underneath of me. The stress of the world just drops away and it feels so good.
|I love this mare guys|
|should we discuss dressage or|
the benefits of more sunflower seeds?