Due to a lot of construction and renovation to my house, blogging got pushed to the back burner and a long hiatus occurred. Adulting is such a buzz kill! There will be a lot of catch up here with updates and product reviews for all my new tack acquisitions (tack addiction is a real thing).
For now, here’s a picture spam preview of what’s been going on!
Today was a whopping 37 degrees, but unfortunately it was also rainy and wet! The snow all began to melt, making a thick messy slush everywhere.
I whipped out my rain boots and didn’t let some rain slow me down from enjoying the above-freezing temps. Some of us (ahem TUCKER) weren’t as brave about the weather conditions.
I got to the barn fairly early for a Sunday, so I was lucky enough to have the indoor to myself. I was feeling ambitious so I did an ENTIRE ride with no stirrups.
Mabou felt great, I find that I can ride a bit more effectively without stirrups and really bend him around my legs. I also discovered that if you ride through the point of burning pain in your legs while doing no stirrups, eventually your legs just become numb and then you’re fine.
I started off with a trot on a loose rein to warm up, until I felt his back start to warm up and he stretched his neck down and forward.
Then I picked up my contact and started adding in a 20 meter circle at each end of the ring. After doing this in both directions a few times I started to sit the trot and collect in the 20 meter circle and then lengthen his trot stride down the long side.
After he was all bendy and feeling great I just played around with lengthenings, leg yields, counter-bending and transitions all around the ring.
It was really good working on my sitting trot and lateral work without stirrups. I could really feel Mabou’s back come up underneath me as he collected himself and used his hind end. He really worked well through his back and his mouth was really foamy at the end of my ride. (Excuse his eye in this pic but it really shows the foaminess!)
I definitely am going to try to do a ride like this once a week (if temperatures cooperate).
How often do you work without stirrups?
Some of us enjoy the winter snow
And then some don’t
Over the past weekend I took Tucker to the groomer. He was wayyyyy overdue and resembled a shaggy (albeit cute) little mop.
In the spirit of the holidays I had his tail dyed red and green! So of course, he looks even more adorable then usual!
Being cute is tiring
Since I haven’t been riding Mabou no fun riding posts to share! However, I have still been riding my friend’s pony and I rode a fellow boarder’s horse last night.
It is so weird to be riding different horses, but definitely good for my riding. On Saturday I rode pony and worked on flat work then went on the trails and jumped the hunt course that is set up in the woods.
Although there hasn’t been much happening on the horse front, a lot has been happening on the home front. Hubby and I bought all new kitchen appliances during the Black Friday sales, they get delivered Wednesday yay! For anyone who is curious we got the new Samsung stainless steel refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher.
Hubby also had to have a new 70″ smart TV, because boys will be boys. Can’t complain when I spent double that this year on my saddle!
Here it is, while hubby plays Call of Duty (of course! Lol) that’s his friend in the photo that I made stand next to it for reference. It is just ridiculously big.