Funnily enough, the act of typing it & airing my "dirty" secret in public has helped me rediscover my missing drive to climb aboard.
Nancy was a big brave girl in the walker all by herself while I rode Kika as the smaller arena Ii usually leave her in was being used for lunging. N was a little wary & nose to the gate when she first went into the walker, but when I went to collect her after a quick 20 minute spin with Kika she was chillaxed in the middle of her slot vs nose to the grate or Kika's ass to the behind grate slowing the whole thing down...K is a liability the lazy sod!
We worked a little in walk as she had spent my 20 minutes spin-time with Nancy turning on the walker, so not much walk work needed. However when she relaxed across her back we moved up into some trot work, with walk transitions and circles + changes of rein. We also snuck in some canter work as all was going well and she was relaxed, I hadn't planned on cantering as that spin was meant to be a "get-the-feelers-out" spin to see how ouchy she was without the shoes. Not a lame step was taken, so fingers crossed!
Kika is after getting so wooly that our 15 minute spin had her quite sweaty & in need of some drying time before I tossed her back outside for the night. She really is the epitome of a pampered pony! She is a funny creature though and doesn't really sweat while working, yet 5-10minutes after we have finished she is soaked...it is like her body is on a go-slow...or maybe it just takes that time to work it's way through her mammoth growth so that I can see it...hmmm
|"Stop interrupting my nap time with your silly human hand waving to catch my attention!"|
Although of course, Kika has now gone back to pawing when tied in the cross ties...wretched creature! That was why we had to put the shoes back on last time! Thankfully she does do it considerably less often now and she will not be in her stable for one of the two feeding times once she gets back in for the winter (hooray for access to winter turnout), so fingers crossed she won't make her hooves too small & sensitive this time. I feel more comfortable working with the new barefoot farrier as she is very approachable and said i can badger her and ask as many questions as I want. She may live to regret that offer ;-)