Hopefully I won't word vomit too badly in this post and might manage to keep it relatively short (for me) as i actually don't have much to say *blush*
Sadly for the ponehs my last post was the only day they got to be without their rugs as the next days temps dropped back down and it was wet, grey and generally miserable. However the clocks officially changed here last night/this morning and the days are finally longer again (yay moar daylight for after work riding motivation) so the warmer weather is sure to follow - at least I hope it is! ☺
I'm luckily in the midst of a wonderful 5-day weekend as my workplaces closes completely from Thursday to Monday (back to work Tuesday) for Easter which is awesome as it means everyone is off work at the same time so I don't feel guilty for someone else picking up my usual work. I know I know I'm a #weirdo
Thursday was a dry day so I took advantage and went for a stroll in the woods with my two darlings.
All photos in this post are from that spin.
I obviously rode Nancy and Kika came along on the lead to keep us company. She is good and bad company, lolz, good in that she does and doesn't freak out so Nancy remains super zen cos you know K isn't freaking out ... but bad in that K is asleep and tries to drag behind which means I am hauling her along. So not always the most relaxing outing for me in the woods but a good workout for my right arm ;-) Nancy was a little more up on this stroll than she would normally be as i chose a trail that we haven't been on in about 18 months and goes alongside/above a twisty road where silly people drive faster than they should & sadly a (imo stupid) decision was made to cut down most of the trees between the trail and the road so i feel a whole lot less protected too out in the open when riding above the road. (It can kind of be seen in the blurry phone pics above & below)
In saying all that N being N, she only sped up a little and walked with her head higher and eyes warier than her usual relaxed demeanour when hacking. It deff didn't do any of us any harm to get out of our comfort zone ☺
I also clambered back onto Kika yesterday for an arena spin while PL rode Nancy. We wound up in the largest arena with 3-4 other people which made for some traffic concerns at times but overall was a roaring success in my book. K was an angel, didn't spook at anything nor put up an iota of fuss or fidgeting at any stage. She did feel a little stiff/short when I started trotting her but having worked with her recently in the lunge I knew she wasn't hurting so i got after her a bit and she loosened right up. When K is being super lazy she can feel a little off, if she hadn't worked out of it I wouldn't have pushed the envelope.
We got the best canter work I've had in ages straight off the bat. Usually our first canters can be a flail fest as she likes to grow her legs around in excitement on the corners, none of that yesterday. She got straight down to business each time and didn't flail once. Major victory in my book and one of the many reasons I love being able to work her with the pessoa. Speaking of which she lunged like an absolute dream on Wednesday evening while a horse was on the treadmill out of eyeshot but wih in earshot and was making such a massive racket that it upset Nancy who was being ridden by PL in the same arena I was lunging. But do you think Kika cared or flicked an ear in the direction of the cacophony?! Not one bit - she surprised me in such an epic way as usually she would take any and every excuse to act the hound. Dare I say that my problem child is mellowing with age?
A place where I record the adventures of myself and my Irish Sport Horse mare, Kika. Who I purchased as an un-backed 3yr old in 2007. This blog follows the trials and tribulations of first-time horse ownership since moving from Ireland to Luxembourg in 2010. UPDATE: as of 2013, Kika is being joined by Nancy a Friesan X ISH mare bred by my family who I had my eye on since she was a foal and have been lucky enough to buy and add to my equine family.
Sunday, 27 March 2016
Quick Catch Up
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Mellowing with age would be a good thing, then you can really enjoy both your precious girls:) Even with the trees chopped down that looks like a pretty trail.ReplyDelete
She has mellowed a lot since her teenage rebellious phase, so I think it's as good as it can be now. She was a bit awkward today but still predominantly good so I'll take it and keep reliving yesterday and the highlights from today ;-)Delete
The trails are all even prettier when everything grows back for the spring/summer - the dead winter look is hella depressing lolz
Glad things are going well and you are able to ride and post. Rider Traffic can be annoying, that's great Kika is chill with it. Car traffic? Ugh stresses me put. People fly by, honk, etc. I haven't had a ride in ages that would be ok with that. Hoppy easter!ReplyDelete
Thankfully I haven't ridden in car traffic in ages either and hope not to in the near future. Car drivers never learn the rules of the road as they apply to animals and seem to utterly lose the run of themselves when overtaking.Delete
Lolz, love the Hoppy Easter wishes, thanks so much hun! I hope you had a great weekend *hugs*
Maybe Miss K is growing up? :)ReplyDelete
Nope, she was an eejit again on Saturday lolz.Delete
Such a silly Billy mareface
What a gorgeous trail!ReplyDelete
I am truly blessed by the trails we have access to. So many options, so many hills - so much funDelete
ha way to go Kika for being so business like and unflappable!ReplyDelete
Long may it last...we'll when we rediscover it, she spooked at a key turning in a lock on Saturday, some serious negotiations & sweet talk were required to convince/trick her to get near that end of the arena again after.Delete
Honestly she's not really scared, just acting the hound when an excuse presents itself - she's such a goon
Wow it does sound like she's mellowing or maybe just lulling us into a false sense of security LOL!!! I'm glad you had a long weekend and the time has changed. I hope it warms up soon. :DReplyDelete
Who made the decision to cut down the trees? That is so weird. I don't get it. :\
I have no idea who decided to cut down the trees but i think it was a ridiculous decision. I'm no horticulturalist though so maybe because the ground was slopped or failing away perhaps there was a risk of them falling onto the road below which admittedly would be very bad...but honestly I don't know.Delete
I can't say for sure because I haven't seen it obviously, but typically trees prevent erosion because the roots hold on to the dirt. Cutting them all down is going to cause erosion... I'm really curious why they did it, but I guess we will never know lol. What's done is done.Delete
True, unless I happen upon the right person and think to ask...bot altogether likey as I've a woeful memory sadly & don't know many people who'd work in the requisite area(s)Delete
That sounds like mellowing to me!! :)ReplyDelete
She's deff much mellower than she used to be, I'll take my quiet days when I get them ☺Delete
I think it took Ries till he was 10 before he became more of an adult lolReplyDelete
K is well over 10, she's a 2004 model lolz. I think she's as adult as she's likely to be ;-)Delete