The Kelpie started acting lethargic over the weekend, and she didn't even have the energy to try to eat any of our blogger visitors at the show. That's not at all like her, and when she ran after the ball once on Monday only to flop down at my feet already panting hard, I pulled out the clippers. I've been using the furminator on her daily, but it clearly wasn't cutting it. The result is one ridiculously silly looking cow dog, but she's a million times happier and back to being a complete nut case.
|"this is so embarrassing. please don't document this."|
Clearly I am a legit dog groomer. Send me your hounds. They'll come out looking just as majestic!
Also on Monday, Bobby got a massage. He started cross cantering to the right which is his tell tale sign he needs his butt rubbed. So my friend F came to work all his knots and sore spots out. However, I wasn't so impressed this time around. I don't think she spent enough time on him, and he swapped behind twice in our ride today. So I'm out $60 for pretty much nothing. Time to start saving up $160 for the chiro to do real work. Grr.
On Tuesday he got all his hair shaved off. When I body clipped him in March, it never actually warmed up so he just grew in another winter coat. It hasn't been shedding out fast enough, and he's been absolutely soaked after hard work outs. The nice part about clipping this time was that you can barely tell it got done. No blade lines ftw!
|naked horse waiting for a dressage school wednesday. |
he had monday and tuesday off.
Wednesday morning he got an easy w/t/c ride with a few leg yields thrown in both ways. He was feeling really light and forward, but he didn't have to do much so it was hard to gauge if the massage had done anything for him.
Today he got another dressage ride. We're back at First next Saturday and I really want to improve our scores from last time out. With that in mind, I pushed Bobby for bigger, more uphill, and straighter gaits than we usually loaf around in. After he had a long stretchy warm up and a brief temper tantrum over me switching the dressage whip from one hand to another, he was a total stud.
I still don't have spurs (and I might have to shank the lady I'm trying to buy them off of on facebook if she doesn't invoice me...or at least buy from someone else), but today he was absolutely on point with any lateral work I asked him to do. Maybe it was the looming threat of the dressage whip in my hand, but whatever it was I'll take it. His leg yields in particular were super straight and not rushed. If today's horse can stick around for awhile, we'll be golden.
|in other news, PUPPY!! |
one of the barn girls just got a hound puppy and we all died of cuteness.
|taking a nap on bobby's lead rope while i got him ready.|
He'll probably have tomorrow off, and then get worked through the weekend and on Monday. Having a show Saturday instead of Sunday is going to mess with my neurotic, tried and true riding schedule. I'll have to think this one out some more.
Video of our cross country run from Sunday, link HERE. Youtube is being a whore and pretending I don't know what I'm talking about.