I told you I was bad at updating things regularly! I've been so busy lately with all the work that I haven't had much time to update the blog. Sorry!
Let's see, on Friday, I did poles with Flagg. He was such a good boy and had lot's of fun. We even were able to almost make a 10m turn onto the centerline without falling over! I also rode Wiede again, working on getting her collected and did some lateral work and changes. I really like her, she's a good challenge for me. She's strong, which I like, and is hot and quick. It's good for me to focus on so many things at once. I also went on a trail ride with Nora and Joberto, me on Banana and them on Moo and Wilber, in the hay fields. Banana is so much fun; he's four and just trucked right along, didn't spook at a thing and led the way through a stream. I want to steal him :) Nothing else that exciting happened that day. Mostly just cleaning more bridles, stalls, and tacking up and untacking for Jeanie and Nora.
On Saturday, Flagg got the day off. He was looking really exhausted the whole day and had worked for three days in a row; that's a lot for the little guy. I rode Ezra again; I really, really like him. We worked on half pass mostly. After that, we all sat around, waiting for the hay to arrive. When it finally did, I unloaded three wagons, then did chores while they unloaded another two. It was a really long day. We didn't get in until around 8. Tony also bred another mare, which again I helped with.
On Sunday, I rode Rue, an older Grand Prix mare, and Mandy. With Rue, we worked on half pass again, did some changes, and worked on collecting. She's a ton of fun, light and very supple, but fairly easy to ride. On Mandy, we mostly just worked on connecting the outside rein and using my legs differently. I have really stiff hips, so Jeanie was really making me over correct my position. We unloaded another wagon of hay, but nothing else really happened.
Yesterday, I just rode Flagg. He was a star and would have happily cantered, but Jeanie thought it was too hot by that time. I agreed with her,seeing how it was about 85 degrees. Three ladies who take lessons with Jeanie watched me work him, and they were all very impressed with how he was. Everyone really liked him and Jeanie is saying that he is going to be great, both movement wise and brain wise. I did a lot of tacking up and untacking for Nora. I think we got 5 horses done in under 2 hours, her riding and me getting them ready for her.
Today, I did chores, as usual, and helped Jeanie breed Rue to Tony. Then I rode Flagg, who cantered both directions quite happily. He is such a good boy! She already wants me to sit to the canter, which I'm not a fan of on babies, but I'll do it anyways. After she rode those two, she gave me a lesson on Wiede again. She is so much fun; I told her not to look in the trailer when I leave if she can't find the mare. We did a little of everything: shoulder-in, haunches-in, half pass at trot and canter, quarter canter pirouettes, fours, threes, twos, ones, and piaffe. It was so much fun!
Well, that about sums it up! Comment if there is anything in particular you want in the next post, please!