Sorry for the lapse in days! Had a big exam that I was studying for, and couldn’t find the time to enter anything into the blog.
October 29th: Went out to the barn just to hack. Unfortunately for me, the weather has been awful, complete with a sharp drop in temperature and heavy winds. Not very good baby riding weather. Libby was up, and it didn’t help that a groom was picking rocks out from the footing. Every time he threw a rock in his bucket, Libby’s attention was immediately on him. Oh ADD baby…
I ended up doing lots of lateral work, bending, figure eights, and her favorite, turn on the haunches at the trot. She was a bit spooky, but generally kept her cool. But I did have to be firm with her, which I definitely was. My old trainer used to call these types of rides “set-up” rides. These rides get all the kinks out for the next time you ride, and normally after these days, the horse is a million times better. Oh well, she can’t be perfect everyday.
And do to her awful looking hock sores, she has been moved to a stall with rubber mats as opposed to the clay based stall she was in before. And I have to say, her sores look a lot better. I don’t know what the difference is for her, but she must not like the clay. Doesn’t bother me, now she’s closer to the tack room! Thats prime stall space right there. 🙂
Also I was thinking of getting the Thinline Trifecta pad before, but now I’ve come to find out that it doesn’t come in a small size, and the medium is enormous, so that pads out. I might just break down and get the same sheepskin pad I had before, but in a smaller size of course.
October 31st: Happy Halloween Everyone!!! Libby had a day off Tuesday because of my test. Got out there today, and thought I was just going to hack, but my trainer had me trot everything, just to keep Libby thinking. She was so good, which further strengthens my “set-up” ride theory. Tomorrow we are going to be working on controlling her stride, and doing some lengthenings and shortenings. Gonna be fun 🙂