I was not only happy after our show weekend, I was also exhausted. I was grateful that I could simply park the trailer to unload the next day. It was nice to take my time and not have to be pressured for anything.
Cynthia came for a visit and we tacked up the horses. Carmen gave me a bit of a stink eye but I had a plan for our ride that did not really involve schooling at all. I told Cynthia to do what she wanted and let me know when she was done. I simply wanted to walk Carmen and stretch out our tired muscles. I started off with a nice walk and then added in circles and changes of bend.
In truth I was just enjoying the ride. It was nice to sit in the saddle with no agenda or plan. I was completely unconcerned about the corners. Meanwhile Irish was having a ball. I was pleased to see that he was sound in front and appeared to feel good.
We moseyed towards troll corner.
Carmen: I think I'm going to be scared.
Me: no you aren't scared of it.
Are you sure?
I have this memory that I am worried.
Not anymore. It's fine.
Irish trots by: Guys! Guys! Look! Hey Guys! Look at me go!
Carmen: Geldings are so silly!
Me: I think he's having fun.
Carmen: It's embarrasing. Oh those bushes. Could be dangerous.
Me: Nope. We are warriers and can deal with any monsters that come out.
Carmen: Have you been watching Wonder Woman again?
Me: Maybe...but it is an awesome movie.
We carry on walking and stretching.
Irish and Cynthia canter on by. Wheeeee!
When Irish and Cynthia were done Carmen and I dropped the gate. Carmen tried to rush out so we spent some time leaving and coming back and then standing in the gate. Once she decided to stand like a civilized beast (FINE!) we walked on.
We walked out on the trails taking our time and chatting. Sometimes Irish led and sometimes Carmen did. It was a great way to finish up the weekend.
My plan is to give Carmen a bit of break from the training. She and I have worked pretty hard since April. The weather is actually helping- it's too rainy to ride. I had thought about not riding for 2 weeks. We shall see how long I last with that plan. But I think this fall we will continue our lessons but also go and play as well.
Anyone want to play with me?