|Kika stepped out of frame just as i snapped the pic
Monday 1 September 2014
Sorry no photos from today, just some leftover field/grazing ones from Saturday. Yep I'm a bad pony mama for not taking new photos today.
A section of the main road i walk up & cross to get to the barn has been closed for works. So all the traffic is being diverted down the street that I have to lead the horses along to get them to the yard - now normally my girls don't mind cars passing them...we'll unless it's Kika's kryptonite, a big rattling construction truck or Nancy's motorbikes - one of the few things that upsets her. However today with the day off (and not realising about the roadworks till I had to walk around them myself on the way to the stable) i was considerably earlier riding then I normally would be on a week day - this meant bringing in the horses; thankfully one by one; during the busy after-work window of time.
Both girls were as nervy as I've ever led them along the stretch of road as drivers are idiots who speed up to overtake the horses on the footpath!! Morons who can't or won't heed my hand waving to slow down while simultaneously trying to keep the animal beside me calm. I've rarely seen poor Nancy that distraught - my fault for the time of day she was coming in. I WON'T be making that mistake again poor pet.
In saying all that I still got two lovely spins in after some grooming & bribing with cookies to relax - not that either of them needed much bribing, yet neither refused the treats either #pamperedponies.
Nancy was very good sharing the main arena with 3 to 4 others, including a girl lessoning - i always find it awkward to know where the lessonee is going to go next as they are concentrating on listening to the trainer through a headset - so i have no idea what instructions are being relayed.
We struggled again with our bad side canter strike off the second time, my fault for not helping her bend to the inside. And again she tried to evade walk work by curling in on herself - darn her friesian headset. I shall work on helping her relax and let go of the tension in her neck - however relaxing the reins to her made little difference as it wasn't my holding the reins that was curling her in so when I let them out to her her nose stayed near her chest...I need to work more with my legs and seat i think without her moving up to trot work.
Kika was lucky & although a little flighty coming in, she had a lot less traffic to deal with than little Nancy. She also had no arena traffic to deal with as we had the ring to ourselves. We actually got some pretty nice work if i say so myself. Nothing spectacular by any means, but no tantrums, tears or tension - so i was super happy considering she has done so little this summer and was only lunged on Saturday with a quick bareback stroll to cool her out.
I got tagged to do the ice bucket challenge yesterday & it poured on and off for the day so I left the girlies alone knowing I had today to play with them. I'm hoping to go back over my August goals post & see where I'm at with tomorrow's spins, all things considered today I didn't ask too many questions so I'll see tomorrow where we are with the tasks I set myself.
This is after getting longer than I thought it would be considering I am not actually saying much...silly word vomit!