Weekend plans for me involve lots of company,a birthday party,and trying to wrap up some yard/garden projects before the snow is here to stay. And hopefully,some horsey fun! I'm planning on bring Chica home for a few days so the little peoples (cousins) can putter around on her when they come tomorrow. Some of them have never been on a horse before,so it should be good.I'm currently cleaning house,and thinking I need a bazooka and a back hoe..Every time I clean the house I tell myself not to ever let it get so dirty again,but apparently I'm not listening to myself,lol.
So usually I never catch Nyx in the paddock, I just walk to where she is and we just walk back to the yards together. But yesterday it seemed she had different plans! For the first time ever Nyx decided we shall play tag all the way back lol. So I went along with it and well.... we got no work done what-so-ever! But I feel it really added to our bond :)
Then here we suddenly have little miss submissive :)
I must say she is growing into quiet the pretty little lady :)
Started teaching another silly thing to Snickers - yielding hindquarters as I am holding one of his front legs, thus spinning on only one front leg. He got the idea pretty quickly. Also, I started teaching him to stretch, so hopefully we'll be getting to bowing soon. But the joy of joys for yesterday was when we managed to take our first steps in lowering his head and widening his trot, all in a nice contact. Yay, he's progressing! :)
Nyx is lovely! I love bays. Haha I love most of the darker colours - how did I end up with a pale grey again? :)
Supposed to go on another trail ride today, but the forecast is for rain and fairly strong wind - I just emailed my friend to see if she still wants to go, I guess we'll see. We already canceled one last week so I hope we can still go, or at least reschedule soon!
Weather must be quite a bit different in Manitoba right now Failbhe then it is in ND! It's a gorgeous indian summer here right now. Its October 15 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit outside! Who would guess?!
You are all making such progress with your horses. Honey and I have taken a few steps backwards :/ Over the summer we were working with collection and its effect on her foxtrot. She has lost much of her muscle tone since I started school and cannot collect as well anymore. Her locking stifle is acting up a bit too so it's almost back to square one...
If Snickers and me ever take steps backwards, it helps me if I think of it as an opportunity to try new things until we are ready to try the "square two" again, or as a feedback on what could I improve. So cheer up, better times are bound to come! :)
75 in North Dakota? I'd love that weather. It's 50 here, we haven't seen 75 since early september I think. And we just got dumped on. I didn't get to work Mellzy at all because both indoor arenas were in use all weekend, and it was pouring rain the whole time. I'm hoping now that my schedule is back to normal that I can get out to the barn and give her more attention. She gets mad at me when too many days go by without me doing something with her. I think she gets bored in her stall and turnout.
It was gorgeous here yesterday, it's different every day it seems. I'm not sure what it would be in Fahrenheit but in Celsius it was 18 yesterday and sunny and today was 11 and cloudy/raining. We still went though.
It was a great ride - well, I'm sure not everyone would think so - she spooked and dumped me on my butt but at least she stopped and came back to me right away and nobody got hurt.
She was exposed to so many things today! There's a building in the park near where people park their trucks and trailers with a little canteen and restrooms, and they were roofing it so there were construction workers everywhere and lots of noise (drills, saws, hammering). There were LOTS of deer on the trails (I think that's what spooked her, though I'm not sure), and we went through some muddy/boggy areas, a tractor with a big bush mower came by us on the trails too. She spooked twice, I fell off the first time and the second time I performed a spectacular feat of wrapping my entire body around her neck but I didn't fall off, lol! She REFUSED to go through the mud, so I got off and led her for a while but we got through it.
I'm sure a lot of people would think that was a horrible ride (add in the cold and occasional rain) but it was great, I think it was really really good for her to encounter all those things and realize that she'll live through them (and so will I)!