My bird bath is gone. Somewhere, in the vast expanse of snow, is a blue ceramic, 2 foot high bird bath. The snow is so deep that when I’m standing in my yard, I am higher off the ground than my bird bath stands. I could walk over it and never even notice.
This winter has got to end at some point!
Due to the weather and extremely cold temps (it was -5 this morning with wind chill of -20), my riding has been rather sporadic. I try to ride several times a week (Thank goodness for indoor arenas!), but some weeks have been too cold to do anything other than walk with some short trot work.
Basically all I’ve done since November is work long, round, low with a focus on relaxation. I figured it can’t hurt her as long as I don’t put her behind the vertical, and I was hoping it might help her learn how to relax.
Part of me thinks it’s really helping. The rest of me thinks I’m full of… uh, it.
The nice part is I can now get the big, bouncy trot with big forward movement pretty much whenever I want now. And for quite a long time. Last year we could only do it for a few strides during an entire ride, now we’re doing long stretches of it.
The bad part is I can’t sit it. It launches me out of the saddle like a high tension spring. Boing!
I look like a newb trying to learn how to post.
You know, people always say you should buy a horse you can ride. But they forget to mention that the more training you put on a dressage horse the bigger the movement gets. So remember… that horse you can’t sit the trot on now will get a bigger trot later. Yay!
Why do we do this to ourselves? Haha
Last note… I cut my thumb today at the barn. My hand was frozen and I didn’t notice until I saw blood on Ava. Then I freaked out trying to find where she hurt herself… only to be relieved it wasn’t her.
I hate winter. This white stuff can go away any day now.
Here’s a bad pic of Ava. 🙂