Monday, April 15, 2019

Warm Weather Reprieve

I think I'm going to become one of those riders where I only sit on my horse above 60*. But not above about 85*.

Therefore I am moving elsewhere because #worststateever; it only meets those parameters for maybe two weeks cumulative here.

or i'm going to trade my neurotic thoroughbred in for an icelandic pony.
BECAUSE LOOK AT IT.

We randomly had a couple nice days of weather in the upper sixties, low seventies last week and it turned Sir Tweaker Pants into such a lovely creature. He was quiet, he was responsive, he didn't scream like a fool for his friends. He did such grown up things as grazing on the lush green grass in-hand without rearing in my face and standing calmly in the crossties with only one nervous poopies instead of four.

He has a whole year off the track now. He can indeed act like a grown up.

....at least when he's melting to death.

having a soak while spying on people.

I arranged my riding schedule around making use of every single nice day we had (that being three) and conquered some serious things on my list.

On the first day we hit the canter hard--moreso mentally than physically. Opie has a ballin' canter when it gets round and rolling. He also has a canter that's like riding a bike with two flat tires and no handle bars. Lately he's been starting out with the latter, but a few transitions from canter to walk or trot and back again get him tuned in pretty reliably. Once I get the nice canter though, I'm totally guilty of expecting him to just coast along in it, and when he starts bulldozing into the ground I'm like, "Oh well! Better either quit there or do a few more transitions from trot or walk!"

But nah, that's not going to work in the middle of a test. So I've been slowly--because slowly is how I learn--forcing myself to work a little harder and do the transitions within the canter itself. Sometimes that means riding literally from one half halt to the next with no rest in between. The resulting canter is amazing. I mean, my legs end up shaking like sad puppies at the end of it, but I'm eternally optimistic one day neither my legs nor my horse will need that much constant support.

was being the creepiest of creepers on people saturday

Day two was a "fun day". I had my fun in the beginning of the ride, and Opie got to have his at the end of it. Right off the bat I took him out to the pond on the property and we played the fun game called, "You will cross this two inch water runoff ditch, so help me god." SO FUN! It was fifteen minutes of NOPE from Opie, but I've learned as long as I don't let him get turned around his tantrums are mild at best. There was much stamping and side eyeing and snorting, but in the end he crossed the "creek" both ways multiple times and lived to tell the tale.

His reward was to get to play with poles which he very much enjoys, and he even got to finish popping over the two 2'6" verticals left standing in the ring.

Both rides were--excluding the time spent throwing shade at the creek--about twenty minutes total because we went from 35* and snowing to 70* and sunny overnight so I didn't want to stress his already angst ridden self out. But damn, a melting horse is so lovely to ride.

The final day of warmth was another trip to the park, this time with BFF Mo!

mo was so happy to get back to the park that he even out-walked
the biggest walker on the planet a few times

It was the perfect was to celebrate the summer season which has now come and gone. Back to eighteenth winter and a chance of snow tonight.

might ride my horse again in a couple months if it gets
out of the lower 40s. 

19 comments:

  1. hahaha i kinda love it when the weather works in your favor to make the horse a little more cooperative ;) but c'mon NY, quit with the snow already!!

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    1. It's not so fun when it worst against you and makes your horse a freak show!

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  2. God it sucks when your horse starts getting real and the canter work gets real with it. I think that was my least favorite moment. Holy crap, I have to ride the canter? I have to do transitions and canter for like 20 min? terrible and gross.

    Don't beat yourself up too much, it's hard to be consistent when the weather is being THAT inconsistent.

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    1. Staying focused long enough to work hard is my bugaboo.

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  3. some places are getting such weird weather this year. i mean, we're getting weird weather too, but it's better than what we usually get lol

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    1. If normal spring could just come and stay, that'd be great.

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  4. I have been literally basking in the sun and warmer weather. also loving the impact on Carmen. She hasn't fully shed her coat or her winter weight so it all works for me. :)

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    1. There's nothing better than a melting horse! ;)

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  5. Yay for nice weather! Sorry it was so short, but hopefully it returns quickly. Snow is bull shit, especially in April.
    Glad you had the chance to enjoy the good weather while it lasted though.

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    1. I guess a day or two here and there is better than none at all!

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  6. Melting horses are a lot more fun than frozen ones

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  7. OMG Icelandic horses for the WIN!!!! My farrier is Icelandic and he's always telling me to get one... especially b/c there's another lady in the area that has one who might be for sale soon.... and he's really fluffy....and adorable....and amazing....

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    1. i love thoroughbreds 5ever, but icelandics are a very close 2nd favorite breed. If they were as cheap and plentiful as TBs I'd have one. They're amazing.

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    2. This is only the second time I've seen these two at the park, but I love them! One of the riders is a 6' tall man and the pony just cruises along like it's nothing.

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  8. 80 last week, snow yesterday, 70 again today and 80 tomorrow.... Because.... The Midwest 🤷

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  9. 18th winter lol. Something about spring just eliminates patience to deal with the cold any more. I hope y'all thaw for good in the near future!

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