Saturday I got a good flat school in early…. worked on a lot of bending and moving off of my inside leg. I have found (through trial and error) that if I weight my outside seat bone and almost step toward the direction I want him to leg yield he will move right over with light inside leg pressure. So that’s getting better…. Want to keep building strength to use for nice easy lead changes.
Then Sunday I went for a super long trail ride in the hackamore again.
We went for a long gallop in the field, where he gave me a small taste of his speed (He was a graded stakes winner in his former career). We were going so fast I felt like I couldn’t even breathe… then we hit the end of the field and I realized how awesome that was so I turned around and we did it again! He even came back pretty well from the dead gallop in the hackmore too, what a good boy!
I have been obsessed with bits lately, I just feel like I haven’t found the “right” bit yet for jumping. Horsie goes pretty happily in the Myler Level 3 Mouthpiece with the hooks, which is supposed to be a pretty mild mouthpiece with the tongue relief.
But I can’t help thinking there is something better out there. Like I will know when I ride with *THE ONE* and sparks will fly or something. Am I crazy? maybe. Horsie hunts in a double jointed gag. We used to hunt in his regular bit, which stopped immediately once we were on the last run of a hunt across a huge grass field and I had ZERO brakes. I then proceeded to ride on my trainer’s horse’s ass, using him as a brake while screaming to my trainer to HELP ME PLEASE. (Not my proudest moment) I like the gag because it’s a mild snaffle mouthpiece when I leave him alone, but I have something to make him listen to me if I ever need it. So now I just want to find something that I can jump in the ring with that he stays quiet, because I think the gag is too strong for that. Going to try a rubber pelham tomorrow, I will report back!
In other news, broke out the Black Forest Green Tailored Sportsmans yesterday, it’s officially fall!
I also got a new helmet…. the Charles Owen Wellington Professional. I justified this because of course in the winter my head will get too cold in the GPA Speed Air… right?!
So I haven’t posted in a while, I have been busy being outside enjoying the weather that feels like my favorite season, FALL, going wine tasting and working working working!
Also, my horse has been AMAZING and I can’t get enough of galloping around fields with the crisp breeze blowing on us!!
Have been getting in as many trail rides solo and with friends that I possibly can before the dreaded daylight savings relegates my trail adventures to weekends only….. womp womp womp.
So work has been nuts- not the most fun. I want more riding time, but I need to work to be able to afford my horse for riding time. It’s hard being an adult.
In other news, the puppy got groomed. My mom took him for me while I was working, thanks mom!!
I seriously cannot wait for hunt season to start again. I have been going through all my hunt clothes, making sure I have everything that I need (and don’t need), drooling online at new hunt attire that I most certainly do not need, and just generally getting excited!
Opening cubbing (hunting pre-season) starts next Wednesday (while I work of course) but next Sunday we are going to Massachusetts for a hunter pace! I have never been to this one but trainer says there are a lot of huge stone wall jumps! Score!
In other news, I had a lesson in which I got a photo, which is rare! (I begged trainer to take it) I used to beg mom and/or hubby to come to lessons and take photos for me but they got bored of that rather quickly.
Lastly, I have been seriously considering putting the horse on some kind of joint care program, since he is 11, works fairly hard and hunt season isn’t easy on him. My mare was on Adequan, so considering that but also I have looked into Legend.
So it was a long weekend *yay* but so humid I didn’t ride saturday or sunday. Monday I decided I was just going to go for a trail ride, and that it would be a good idea to try out my hackamore, for the first time, on trail (because I am brave like that).
My trail ride was just what I needed… relaxing and beautiful! Wonder pony LOVED the hackamore.
We even galloped the fields and I had no problem at all bringing him right back to me. There is nothing like feeling the effortlessness of a thoroughbred gallop!
Even though we didn’t do a tremendous amount of work, we were both hot and tired.
All in all it was a beautiful Labor day!
And now some PUPPY PICS!!
Lastly… for those of you all who use Higher Standards for your leather care- how often do you use the leather balm? I’ve been using it once a week just wondering what everyone else does.
Sunday was another beautiful trail ride day (gotta get it in now before the nasty Northeast winter hits #polarvortexFML)
I thought it would be buggy so I rummaged in my tack trunk and found a black fly bonnet I forgot I had! Win for being a tack hoarder!!
Mabou was perfect… we actually ended up staying out for over 2 hours! Hey time flies when you’re having fun.
We went through some cool areas with ferns that seriously looked straight out of Jurassic Park.
And some weird vine things
Then we got back and I scrubbed the hell out of his legs (who knows what we walked through?!) with Dawn, the one with Olay (of course for soft hands).
Then I took handsome bath time photos.
After all that I was exhausted so even though it was about 4 pm I went home and snuggled with my little baby
I used Mabou’s new Eskadron Cross-Country rear boots to test them out… and they did awesome, through mud water, brush you name it… still looked perfect at the end. Two thumbs up
CONFESSION: I couldn’t resist and ordered the TS Trophy Hunter in Black Forest today…. they started being sold out places and I panicked. Sorry I’m not really sorry. Can’t wait to get them. Now my lust for cognac tall boots is only stronger! So many problems when you’re obsessed with breeches and tack!