|They mentioned MP & the Holy Grail on radio station I listen to, which obviously got me thinking about MP & The Life of Brian and packed me off to sleep with this song in my head ;-) Google Images|
I had a wonderful spin on Nancy Monday evening, just the two of us in the large main arena. She settled really nicely into work and although we had some sticky moment with our right lead canter departs and got the wrong lead more times than right - this I KNOW is my fault as the right rein is my worst side!
I still haven't organised myself to have a chiro/oste/physio appointment to straighten me out...eyes from the ground tell me I'm completely crooked in the saddle on the right rein, tis no wonder my poor horses struggle on that side too. Although with Kika it is a case of we don't know which came first it being her bad side or mine as I had her three years before we moved to Lux... Chicken vs Egg scenario - whereas Nancy's right side was her weaker side when she arrived her, so that is not completely my fault but I do know I am doing anything but helping matters being lopsided myself.
|Her patented "butter-wouldn't-melt" look .|
.. while stamping front foot
Sadly I was a muppet and forgot to snap a single Nancy shot either Monday & Tuesday night!
Tuesday evening was Kika's turn for a quick spin, and it really was a quick spin as lights go of at the yard at 10pm and I was climbing into the saddle at 9pm. Thankfully I had already brought Nancy & O in from turnout at the same time as I brought K in so at least i didn't have to trek back out to get them in the dark alone.
I was apprehensive after tacking up as K seemed quite "up" while I was getting her ready - recently while being groomed/tacked up she tends to doze, but this evening she was back to her old feet stamping and got quite a few irate slaps from me as I was trying to put on her tendon boots...silly sod! If she didn't insist on nicking herself I wouldn't have to use them or even just paid more attention to what her feet be doing she wouldn't need them!
|Shared on instagram yesterday apologies to those who have already seen it|
- but K is FINALLY shedding out properly
I'll see if perhaps L is free this weekend for a lesson refresher course of heels down - look up - shoulders back etc etc.
I'm not sure this post is coming across as positive as I felt after the two rides, I always have a laundry list of stuff to work on but that is why I ride (well that and cos I HEART horses) if it was easy and perfect all the time it'd be boring right?!
Or is this just what I am trying to convince myself so that I don't get discouraged and pack it in (pfft - like that could honestly happen...love my girls too much to be without them in my life!)
|Poor parting shot - but one more pic just to round out post!|
Oh, and before I forget the reasoning behind title & start of the post is that the weather has been so glorious that 8pm on Monday night & 9pm on Tuesday evening I was able to ride in short sleeved t-shirts!
PS: I took the plunge and ordered an Ogilvy half pad this evening from an online tack store I often shop from based in Northern Ireland with great customer service and delivery times. So no customised colours for me (yet - as extra covers can be ordered separately right ;-) ) but hopefully I should have it some time next week if they have them in stock.
I'm not 100% happy with K's saddle at the moment and I want to see if this will help while I save up for saddle fitter visit - but prob not until after my visit to my sister in VANCOUVER next month - eeep the excitement!
I'll be there from the 10th to the 22nd of May if anyone knows of any equine events and/or tack stores that are must visits in the area, PLEASE please please tell me about them so that I can go for a nosy. The Guru is coming with me so no problems on conflicting travel pal interests :p