I have been in a bit of a funk and haven't logged much saddle time, to be honest before today I cannot remember exactly when I last clambered aboard; but i do think i squeezed in a couple strolls in the woods since my last post and meant to write about them but they were uneventful and i don't think I snapped any between the ears shots so they'd have been 100% snoozeville.
|"Whatcha doing up there?" asked a bemused|
Nancy...it's been a while
I did cave and have a bale of hay placed in the feeder in the girls field as the grass really hasn't come back and the autumn chill has kept into the evenings. To be a good owner i figured I'd better help pack on the pounds to tackle the approach of winter doldrums. Speaking of doldrums i can't really explain my lack of equitation motivation. The weather has been good (for the most part a couple of wet days here and there); work has been good not overly stressful and getting out at a reasonable hour with plenty daylight left for shenanigans. However the motivation for horse hauling in, grooming and riding went into hibernation over the last few weeks. I have been presurising myself worrying over costs now that my salary disappears every month between mortgage, livery and loans...but I'm setting things in motion to help with such woes including meeting a potential part-time leasee for Nancy tomorrow. Fingers crossed especially heading into winter & costs increasing as they come off 24/7 turnout for 6 months.
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My two angels - they are such good girls
Sorry, as always this is getting considerably longer winded than I'd intended when I sat down to write this post. I really just wanted to sing my ponies praises for being so forgiving. They eagerly come to greet me every day in the field - even now when they have a bale of hay to stuff themselves silly with! O.o
I rode Nancy today for the first time in weeks, she spun on the walker while i lunged Kika and then I threw the tack on N and hopped up without preamble. The absolute legend that she is she went straight to work, w/t/c without an iota of fuss or bother. It was like she hadn't spent the last number of weeks doing nothing more than strolling very sporadically through the woods with Kika on a leash for company.
We shall see tomorrow if big sis Kika can step up to the plate and be as good for me under tack as she has been on the lunge line. She was a gem last weekend to lunge in just her halter in the outdoor, although some of her trademark sass was on display today as i reintroduced some pessoa work...i may stick to walk and trot work under saddle till I build back up some of her dorsal muscles. We had been having some stickiness in our under saddle canter work prior to this unscheduled break so I'm going to try to get a feel for the lay of the land and see where the spin takes us tomorrow.
|She is such a sweetheart - i am truly blessed|