Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Good Mare

Holy cow, the last few days have gone by in a blur.  I rode Sudnay, lunged Monday, rode Tuesday and today, and have a lesson tomorrow.  I leave school early, then leave from my lesson to go to the airport to catch my flight to England with my mum.  I'm stressed already.  I feel like I'm totally unprepared school wise despite the fact I've talked to all of my teachers, and know exactly what I need to be doing. 
On the Cadence front, our rides have been successful, but a lot of work.  Tuesday we encountered work with the walk and trot, but her canter was nicer.  She was doing her stopping thing again, so I think it may have somthing to do with her heat cycles, because she was worst last time she was in heat, then it got better and went away, but now that she's in heat again its back.  That of course does not mean its acceptable, or that she should get away with it, so I had to ride with a dressage whip.  Not good for lazy old me :P  Her trot was alright tempo wise, but she was resistant to bend so we put a lot of effort into that, and keeping her balanced.  I don't know why I say we... she wasn't really interested in balancing at all!  Lol.  Her canter however, was really nice.  She was falling out her right shoulder to the left as usual, but when I corrected it she felt wonderful!  Plus, she held the correction.  She threw her head three or so times throughout our canter work; a huge improvement from Saturday. 
Today, her trot work was phenomenal.  Calm, collected, correct.  She felt like a super star!  We did run into some issues in the canter though.  She was tired, and the idea of having to balance and support herself didn't seem like a good one to her, so she decided not to.  She threw her head up, she threw her head down, she trotted, she rushed.  I tried my hardest to correct every single thing, while still keeping her in the correct frame, and balanced (specifically not falling through that right side).  By the time we'd finished our canter in both directions, we were both absolutley drenched in sweat!  That's an impressive feat, considering I was wearing a t-shirt!  It was really quite warm today, it was 42 when I was riding so the t-shirt is somewhat justified.  And no, I'm not being sarcastic.  That's down right balmy for these parts.

1 comment:

  1. Aw, what a good girl. So glad you guys are hitting it off :)