It's really hard to think about blogging when the weather has been in the 80's in the middle of March. (Double Rainbow! What does it mean??) It sure makes you want to get out and ride. Unfortunately, it's taking a terrible tole on the horses since they still think it's winter. They get very hot and sweaty and can't work for very long periods of time. A couple days ago, I rode Junior in the middle of the day and he was a dripping mess just after warm-up. Poor guys. I'd clip them except that normal March weather is supposed to be back next week and they'll be comfy again. Me, I'm disappointed to think about temps in the 50's, but even that's warm for March. So weird.
The horses are all doing really well. I'm riding a client horse a little bit more than I have all winter. The plan is to compete him this year, but he is very crooked. He's strong on the left side and won't touch the right. I'm spending a lot of time picking up the right rein and riding him into the right side without causing hysterics. It's working well and even though it seems I'm making him more crooked by bending his hollow side even more in an attempt to locate the right rein, but the end, I can pick up the left, flex left and still have a right in both directions. The name of the game is forward and straight, but sometimes it takes a bit to get there. I'm looking forward to continuing this line of progress.
Flagg is going like a rock star. He's so easy and happy go lucky. It's so pleasant to ride a horse that wants to work and just goes around. He needs to be ridden very forward, but his hind leg is enormously long right now and he's quite butt high. If I ride with too much energy, he can't keep his balance and ends up on his forehand. It's easier for him to canter than to trot since he's hitting himself a bit in trot.
Boo's confidence in the canter has advanced leaps and bounds outside. I think she feels too claustrophobic in the indoor. She's a cantering fool outside. Good for her! She's picking up the wrong lead going to the right the first couple tries, but once she gets it, she doesn't seem to make the mistake again during that ride. She's working more lateral movements as well to develop strength and suppleness.
Spider is a genius. Since the last time I wrote, he's been worked in all his tack including vienna reins and is w/t/c on the longe to voice in the outdoor arena which has no boundaries. He's been sat on and walked around twice and never batted an eye. The first time Kelly climbed aboard, I think it took him several minutes to realize she was even there. It was a riot to see his eye get suddenly really big and then he carefully turned his head to touch her toe and then turned it the other way to touch the other foot. He'd walk a few steps, stop, and touch both toes again to check that she was still up there. He's such a doll. This horse is going to make someone their dream partner. He's quiet, beautiful and very trainable.