Today, as I was feeling more an more irritated with Lacey since she would not stop cantering when I was free lunging her, I realized something that made me feel way less irritated with her. I realized that currently, Lacey is in the best shape and the fittest she's been in at least 7-8 years.
I know her previous owner had basically retired her for no reason other than she was "hard to ride" and Lacey had been in this retired state for around 5 years when I came upon her. Then, last year, she was still recovering from being so overweight for so long and she was still building significant muscle mass that she hadn't had in years. This year however, she's all muscled up and raring to go.
So, I felt way less irritated. Also, this is the second time, ever, in the two years I've been working with her, that she's been able to keep a canter going without falling out at all (the first time was last Friday). This is the first time EVER that she actually offered to canter without any suggestion from me.
AND THEN, I was thinking about her being fitter than she's been in years, how many 60-70 year old human athletes go from being chubby couch potatoes for 10 years, then make a change and start running marathons regularly? Not too many... Haha
Yeah, I'm proud of my girl, can you tell?
But anyway, what you've been waiting for: Pictures!
Because, yknow, we actually jump canter poles. We're just that legit.
Exxxxxxteeennnsion! That front leg looks a little painful, I hafta say.
What a strange sort of leg arrangement to catch on camera! Maybe it was the stride after a downward transition? I'm not too sure. Haha
Then I rode a little and turned her out. She's being amazing right now undersaddle. She's gained a bunch of muscle and weight in the last month or so and she's feeling like such a solid ride right now. Like she is just one of those horses that when you get on, even in a saddle, you feel like you're riding a couch. I LOVE it!
Her leg is green because she got a cut on it and it's been kinda swollen. The cut has healed but the swelling has stuck around, so I've been putting liniment on it. Today it was much better than last week. Last week it was just continuously swollen but today, it was swollen when I went out there but once I started working Lacey the swelling disappeared. I probably didn't need to put any on today, but better safe than sorry!
Some of her buddies:
And this one was just funny because she got to that little log thing and sniffed it quite thoroughly, and because of that other horse looking at her quizzically. Haha
Also, disclaimer: her ribs are not visible at any other time than when she's moving like that. She really is borderline chubby right now. I guess she's just one of those horses that shows her ribs off like no other because when she's standing still you cannot see them and they have a lovely cushion of fat over them. :)