|wait, what irresponsible person just lets her horse graze free?|
I honestly thought I'd be more upset about it. Turns out I am okay about it. I do miss all my friends though and maybe by the time of the second show I'll feel different. For now, though, I'm enjoying working with Carmen.
Well, sort of.
You see, earlier this week Carmen became really spooky with all the stuff that comes with it: tension, bolting, refusing to listen. I had two very horrible rides. Both times we ended up in a, well, not exactly good place, but a better one anyway.
I did a lot of thinking about it and realized that it might be feed related. I have had to put Carmen on a diet because she has been putting on weight. I was worried about her vitamin needs and so I put her back on the supplement I had her on earlier. I thought with the reduced intake of feed it would be okay. But it really is not. So I stopped it.
Today I had a lesson booked and Julia came out to ride with us. We started with a hack (just like the last rides) and it was clear that Carmen was much more settled. We did the whole hack on a loose rein. We arrived back at the ring at the same time as Shanea. I explained what we had been dealing with and then we headed out to work.
The purpose was to keep her with me. Because she was so much better that was a lot easier than it had been. Not that we were without issues.
In case you want to see a close up:
There were good moments too- in fact far more good than bad. Although this capture makes me laugh:
|if dressage doesn't work out maybe we could be a cutting team|
It was a great feeling to have things work.
|nice halt. I'm giving her a pat for being such a good girl|
We practiced our walk-canter transitions. To the right they were really good. To the left she became a bit frazzled with anticipation and worry. So I stopped and let her set her rabbits free. I then picked up the reins and we started again. After a few walk-trot transitions I asked her to canter. She would get flat and lean on the bit. Shanea had me practice cantering from the halt. It was cool to practice it and feel the lift.
Carmen was being so good that we decided to finish up with practicing turn on the haunches. I hate to say it, but I am just not getting it. I was getting frustrated so I asked Shanea to hop up and work on it with Carmen so that she could figure it out and I could see it.
|Carmen: what is this bullshit? I thought I was done|
It was good to watch Shanea work with her. I was relieved that it wasn't easy (does that make me a bad person?) but it was interesting to watch them work through and see Carmen start to understand. I took some video to study.
It was a really enjoyable lesson and a lot of fun was had. I think I am okay if this year is all about the schooling and not showing.
|Carmen: How much schooling are you planning on?|
I'm exhausted and clearly wasting away to nothing