|I wish I got pedicures this regularly|
On Sunday we went cross country schooling again, this time with our coach. Once again the mare was fabulous. We had a few bobbles, but for the most part she was forward, brave and willing. Even after our big hack the day before she showed zero signs of being tired. We worked our way through pretty much every complex at Beaumont, including banks, ditches and the water. We're back there next weekend for a derby so it was nice to have a chance to school beforehand.
|Isabel and Martini, Shelby and Sailor, Erin and Spider and Melinda and Ducky|
I really need to work on not having a moment of hesitation. All it takes is a split second and the mare will take advantage of it. She's more than capable of jumping everything I point her at and I need to ride her like she's going to jump it or die rather than giving her the opportunity to make her own decision. Especially since her decisions can include rearing and spinning. Not fun :( I also need to remember to bring my corks. We had a couple of slips that shook the mare up a little. I have the holes drilled in so I can use them (when I don't forget my kit in the car).
Straightness is also a new goal, especially on the banks. She seems to have developed a wiggle and a preference for angles. I need to be a better driver so that I don't set her up for a run-out, not after all our work to kill the run-out.
All things considered for her second time on a cross-country course I was super impressed. She's gong to make an eventer yet!
Monday I had the osteopath out since her back has been bugging her quite a bit. I've been putting her Back on Track sheet on every chance I get but she obviously needs some help. I was running behind so they got started without me (he works with my mom so zero trust issues here). They found quite a bit in her back related to that awful hematoma she had in March. Also found some new stress in her jaw. I hoped up on her to take her through her paces and see and even after two days of hard riding she WAS NOT TIRED. She was spooky, reactive and just generally up. I'd been on for 5-10 min and she took a misstep and was 3 legged lame. I guess it's better for it to happen when the osteopath is there but I wish it hadn't happened at all. Seems like she twisted her knee quite good. After taking the stress out of she was no longer dead lame but she was short on it. He figured it could take a few days for the tissue to recover. Thankfully she gets Tuesdays off while I go to yoga anyways. Fingers crossed!
Overall it was a great weekend. It was also my last free weekend until August so I managed to devour 5 books, hang out with the non-horsey bestie, and play the dog out completely.
|My favourite view.|
|Mom hopped up to she what she could feel|
|Being a barn dog is sooo exhausting|