Yes, eagle-eyed readers with working memories, the same thing happened to me last year - so that is two years in a row we've missed the expo...if we do manage to get it right next year they won't have the stuff I have been wanting for the last two years lol - perhaps we are just destined to not return!
|Loot - sadly no longer nicely neatly-rolled up|
We also went to a Decathlon where I was very good and only picked up a schooling whip for a little over a fiver, mine is busted...I'm very proud of my self-control in there as they had lost of lovely stuff!
When riding Nancy on Sunday, the Guru was riding her mare in the arena at the same time as me - and as always, kindly offered me constructive criticism as I rode. It would appear that I am my own worst enemy and get in my own way when riding. She said that when walking on a loose rein to warm-up/cool-down my position is perfect, but that as soon as I pick up the reins intending to get to work I go to pot! Apparently I am trying to hard to do things right resulting in tension in my body which then breaks the horse' natural striding - darn getting stuck in my head!
Back to the mind-shut down attempts for me - I really need to get over this, but getting mad at myself is not the answer I don't think.
Anyone got any tips/advice?
L has suggested lunge work, her on the ground + me in the saddle - plan is to try with Kika first and see if I can make any progress on that front.
I've just realised you can also see the little "pointes" stud type things at the end of her shoe which gives her extra grip when walking on tarmac - she used to slip something awful after two weeks in new shoes before these.
I have been able to transition Nancy back to shoeless after her summer in front shoes (precautionary due to all forestry hacking we did from June to September) - both the farrier and myself are keeping tabs on the wear and tear on her feet and I shall not hesitate to have front shoes put back on if she needs them, but so far so good for my pocket. ;-)
I forgot to snap a shot of the above in use, another fab recommendation from @equestriantrend's H2Go blogpost back in August. We used it for the first time Saturday evening and find it fantastic - it does exactly what it says on the packaging and is very straightforward to use. There is a handy anti-slip matt to put along the bottom of your wheelbarrow. Fill the blue bag from a house and away you go - easy-peasy!
Thanks so much for the recommendation Missus! If you haven't checked out her blog before, please do - it is chocka-block full of fab suggestions from gift ideas to clothing to everyday equine related items.
PS, aswell as blaying with the water-barrow we managed to fix the fencing on Sunday - so WE HAVE POWER! Now to score myself a day off work, so that if worse comes to worst and the nags do make another bid for freedom I won't be an hour in getting to them. And also just cos a day off would be awesome, ;)
I can't believe you mentioned me on your amazing blog! :D Thank you so much!ReplyDelete
It is such a coincidence! I showed you the studs and you went to the store few days later! :D
I hope you can get them, it was a pity that they didn't have the studs :(
I am so happy that you bought the H2Go! I hope it help you very much!
I can't believe you think the drivel I write is an amazing blog...THANK YOU for your very sweet & kind comments.Delete
I love your blog, it has given me much to think about and access to lovely ideas for things to add to my "want" list!
Those quarter sheets are lovely!ReplyDelete
Thanks L, not wool sadly - cheap fleece - but they'll keep their butts & my legs warm in the mean time. Have my eye on Horseware Newmarket sheets if all goes well with exams and job becomes permanent - they've been long standing items on the wishlist! :DDelete
Those snow shoes are so cool! :)ReplyDelete
They are pretty funky, I've never had them before - here's hoping they work as snow due tonight! :(Delete
I find lunge lessons to always be beneficial for my riding position.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a very fun shopping trip!
Here's hoping we can find the time to do them as I need all the help i can get ;-)Delete
Love the quarter sheets! If you find a way to get the tension position out, let me know, I think we might look mighty similar in that regard. I think the lunge work would work well, but I'm not sure my trainer would go for it without doing something evil like no rein/stirrup lunge jumping so I'm afraid to ask. ;) Otherwise, I'm still working on that too.ReplyDelete
I think no reins were mentioned so that I could focus solely on me - no biggie to my reckoning as horse is on lunge ;-)Delete
I do need to to work on no-stirrup work also to lengthen my lower leg and stop gripping with my knees - although in saying that haven't had any inner knee bruises in a few weeks. happy days!
We're working on increasing the amount of sitting trot work I do with the girls, once I am happy with us in that regard we can start doing more stirrup-less work. :D
I'm sure your trainer won't push you further they you're capable of, can't hurt to ask especially if you can get there at times when the arena mightn't be so busy with your work schedule...
Sorry you missed the expo, but I'm glad you got to ride the girls. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks a1d, it was a great weekend even if not as we'd intended to be - love randomness. :DDelete
Love that H2GO idea. I could have used that back in Ireland! I like the hi-viz anti-chasseur rain sheet, too. Tempted.... And I used to get those little naily things on Flurry's shoes too (back when he wore shoes) he was terrible going downhill on the road, it was like skiing at times.ReplyDelete
The little nail things are godsends with Kika, new shoes would be useless on tarmac after 2 weeks. She used to skate about like Bambi on ice!Delete
The H2Go is awesome I cannot recommend it (or equestriantrend's blog) highly enough :-D