The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars/
but in ourselves~ Shakespeare (Julius Caesar).
It has been a mild March so far and I've been trying to make the most of it. Carmen's mood has been a bit mercurial, although largely good. We've had days when her tail was on fire and one ride where she was so quiet that I couldn't get her to move forward. Both are challenging but I confess to being completely unsure when she was so quiet. I didn't want to get after her because that seemed to punish her for going too far in the direction I wanted.
Most rides, though are inbetween the tail-on-fire ride and the let's-nap-now-m'kay ride. Which puts us light years ahead of where we started last March.
Work has been a bit crazy this month too which impacts on riding time. When Shanea offered a lesson to me last thursday I decided to take her up on it, even though it was tight getting back from a meetings in the city and organized for the lesson.
Carmen will not be rushed so I decided to take my time anyway in getting ready. In hindsight I should have taken more time with her because I didn't get to do the long slow walk warm up that works for us.
All that said, she wasn't really bad at all. Just a few moments of spooking at shit and then shaking it off.
|nope nope nope|
|well okay then|
We started with walk-trot-walk transitions and then just half-transitions and right back to trot. I could feel Carmen really starting to understand about moving her weight back. Here's a short video so you can see how much of a work in progress we are:
The lesson ended on a good note though and I was quite pleased with her. Shanea was complimentary of both of us, although I could feel my habit of creeping forward coming back.
|I'm straight, she's light and stepping under. Perhaps there is hope for us|
Friday Julia came and we able to go on a hack in the woods. Carmen was more in the groove but still worried about the grass by the ring. I wasn't too worried.
Saturday was ridiculously windy so I spent it doing chores. Like cleaning out the thawing poop and hay in the paddock. Ugh. I hate this job but I will be happy when it's done.
|We also bought one of these multi-cookers. We are excited - hopefully I don't blow up the house|
Now the world is shutting down with the Covid-19 virus. It's finally hit here and the whole province is shutting down. I don't know what's going to happen in terms of work but whatever we need to do as a population to protect the vulnerable we will do. I am impressed with how we are dealing with the issue- within days test sites were set up along with a screening process so that only those who need to get tested are. As the situation develops things are updated. Right now schools, daycares and nursing homes are shut down. I hope things are going well in your area.
|Carmen: not sure that you have enough social distance between us....|