Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Starting well

I know we are only 6 days into the new year, but so far so good in sticking to the goal of excercising the girls more. Apologies for he utter lack of media to accompany this post, but I'll try really hard to keep it short.

Saturday PL rode Nancy over poles and i lunged Kika in the pessoa, she was brilliant especially considering how she had kind of lost her marbles when I lunged her outdoors one evening last week.

Sunday the three of us went for a stroll in the woods together.

Monday i rode Kika for the first time since early November. I mentioned her great attitude in my last post, she had a few sticky/questions steps where she needed a little vocal encouragement and firm aids to literally keep her on track.

Tuesday was Nancy's turn, she was much better than she's been for me recently. I rode with a schooling whip to help keep her on track while on the right rein. She has been struggling with it for the last few spins. Her canter transitions made me laugh so hard, she was very good if enthusiastic.

Today (Wednesday) PL returned to ride Nancy & I rode Kika at the same time but we swapped saddles. PL has been struggling in the dressage saddle on Nancy so i had suggested she try the GP i usually use on Kika.
Nancy was a great girl for PL anf gave her some great looking walk & trot work.
There was a young new rider in the arena with us and I think all three of us were perhaps a little over-cautious in watching where the others were. Well perhaps me less so than the others cos Kika requires a lot of my attention ;-)
Again she was good considering the distractions and lack of saddle time of late (*cough*all-year*cough*). Her right rein canter was a little sticky at first and it felt like she was trantering/disjointed. All four legs felt like they were doing different things. However when I sorted myself out, straightened up in the tack and helped her bend to the inside we got our correct strike off and after the tiniest bit of flailing she settled lovely.

Ok, so if you've read all this you totes deserve cookies & milk or maybe something stronger like wine cos despite my best efforts I've word vomited again. Sorry!

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    1. Thanks Steph...here's hoping I can keep it up. Although having PL come twice a week to ride Nancy has really helped me get my shiz together.

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  2. not word vomit at all hehe. i planned on having a glass of wine anyway.

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    1. Hahaha glad to have given you some vino accompaniment ☺

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  3. I'm happy you set the New Year off to a good start!

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    1. Thanks P, here's hoping I can keep it up ☺

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  4. I believe in you!
    Happy Aoife and happy ponies make me happy!

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  5. :) Sounds like everything is headed in the right direction!

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    1. Fingers crossed i can keep up ☺

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  6. yay for getting the canter with minimal flailing! also glad to hear Nancy and her PL are settling in so well now!

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    1. Baby steps and consistency and we'll all hopefully get somewhere someday...not really sure where we're heading but hop to have fun on the way & enjoy the ride ☺

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  7. Great start to the new year!

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    1. Fingers crossed we can keep it up

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  8. Nope not word vomit. Was short and to the point and interesting! I'll take cookies though hehe!!

    I guess I've kind of belatedly made the same goal you did this year. I'm doing a 100 ride challenge where I have to ride 100 times in 365 days. That's twice the amount of rides I've ever put on Chrome in one year! Eek!!

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    1. Best of luck with your goal, that's a fun one. I've been slacking on the riding front lately because stupid reasons, but hopefully with longer days as of next week it'll all better for motivating my tired self

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    2. You can do it!! I've been sidelined by a pinched nerve in my shoulder... :( I'll do a blog update tomorrow after my second chiro appointment. Hoping to be back to riding soon. Go ride!!!

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    3. Oh no!
      Wishing you a full and speedy recovery *hugs*

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