I am super glad to have managed to ride both girls today. Considering neither one had been ridden in 10 or 11 days they were both legends & very forgiving of me!
My mam & sister came to the yard with me & snapped some fun photos which accompany this post.
I rode Nancy first, no walker, no lunging and no turnout yesterday - she was such a sweetheart. My sis caught some lovely moments in pictures, which I am super stoked to have.
We got some truly lovely walk/trot/canter work while the spectators were there (Yay for nice photos), which is just as well as she was not a happy camper to go back to work after stopping to say our goodbyes to my family.
She tried to convince me that she could not possibly be expected to walk in a straight line, now walk without her head to the outside! Back to basics we went with some ugly giraffe'ing walk/trot transitions with random 10m circles to reinstall some inside bend. Thankfully it worked pretty well and we got back to some much better work before calling it quits.
|Please excuse the state of me sitting like a sack|
- but Nancy is super cute
Kika thoroughly surprised me with her stellar behaviour. We were alone in the main arena and the rain was sporadically hammering outside of the building. Not once did the sound break her concentration, the arena sides are another matter but the odd side-step & squiggly squirmish along one long side & her corner nemesis are par for the Kika course and just make me giggle as she randomly jigs at something then goes past it without batting an eyelash before and after.
|Pre-work mirror selfie|
We got gorgeous walk/trot/canter work and transitions up and down all super soft and willing. I couldn't help but grin the whole time, praise her and giggle at the odd misstep when some shadow or other offended her. A yard friend joined us in the arena and commented on how well she was going. I beamed and said I couldn't believe it either considering she hadn't been ridden in over 10 days and hadn't been turned out yesterday. However she had spent time on the walker while i rode & put Nancy away after our spin.
Sadly there is no media of this super spin, the family photog was long gone home to recover from jet lag after her long route home (Vancouver-Dallas-London-Lux) with a 4h delay in Dallas resulting in an unscheduled overnight in London.
Although to be fair, if i had had an audience i would probably have ridden like a plank and not had the wonderful spin that has kept me smiling all day.
PS: I edited my previous post to add shots of the empty apartment if anyone is curious...