All of the horses had been in Monday and Tuesday, but were out on Wednesday. It was the first day above freezing in a very long time, so I decided to go ride! Hurried out from school, groomed and tacked as fast as I could, and got on only to realize that Red was just not in the mood to work. He wanted to canter, he wanted to gallop, he wanted to hollow out his back and trot like an idiot. When I asked for suppleness and collection with forward pace, he just resisted, took the bit between his teeth and ran through my hands. I got off and checked my tack and to see if he was in any pain TWICE! The third time I got back on, I just wanted to end the ride with some productive walking, which we did. Our walk-halt transitions are in good shape!
I guess Red got some spare conditioning in. Next ride will be Sunday in a quadrille team practice with my dressage coach Dara Liss.
I’ve been wanting to go to the barn since Tuesday night, because of how much snow we got. But because my car is little, and the drive way to the barn is kind of steep onto a pretty busy street, I was nervous about driving it myself. So SueAnn, my barn grandma, drove me in her giant suburban. We spent the afternoon stripping her stall, de-icing our water buckets (and not having any hot water at the barn definitely didn’t help!) and chatting away about everything. While I got to see and pet and love on Red a little bit, it was so incredibly awesome to spend time with SueAnn. She’s an amazing woman and has done so many amazing things. Rodeoed professionally, won AQHA Worlds for Hunter Over Fences, worked at a seal and dolphin rescue, works at local animal shelters… she’s just amazing.
1) Can anyone please give me some exercise ideas to increase Red’s strength? I’m thinking lunging in a circingle, long lining, work over poles, and lots of transitions. Is there anything I can do to make all of those things fun?
2) Does anyone have any advice on choreographing a musical freestyle and a pas de deux?