I finally played with my 3 month old Ogilvy for the first time today.
Apologies in advance for the massive photo dump accompanying this post, I got a bit snap happy in my desire to document our first foray with the Ogilvy.
Although i will say initially that I am impressed with how the OG starts out so thick and them compresses itself & moulds to your horse's shape. I know it says so on the tin - but to witness it in person is pretty cool. When i first sat it on her back I was afraid it was going to make her saddle fit way worse...and we know how sensitive Miss Kika is about her back being squished - a martyr she is not. Any whiff of a back ouchie and she will let me know about it by either rearing or threatening to.
|First time sitting on it - prior to any girth tightening
|I got off and straightened it under saddle after this photo was taken.
|I need to center it better before getting on.
Maybe we are both finally maturing ;-)
|Her giraffe impression due to flies bugging her
(no pun intended)
|Post workout sweaty abused pony.
A picture is worth a thousand words - that martyred face (top)
|A long way from being slim-lined...
but getting better & a little less blimp-like
|Sexy Back?! Hah!
Sweaty mess more like - I shall have to ride without OG
& get comparison pix.
Nancy got the day off to chillax in the field while I digest & mull over K's and my spin with the Ogilvy. I will say that when we started trotting I could feel a difference as the shock absorption worked between us. However as my attention more towards our work and less to cushion between my butt & her back as we got into random little discussions about choppy strides, tenseness & lack of bend - i forgot to focus on OG effect...She was far from bad - just distracted & not really concentrating on what I was asking of her, preferring to keep her gaze outside making it more difficult to soften and bend towards the inside rein - baby steps and we'll work at it, we both need to relax and roll with the punches.
Sadly we are too alike in our stubbornness and allow one to sucker the other into arguments - I am slowly getting better at letting go, changing the question to distract us both and relax again before re-trying.
One day - we might get better ;-)