September 11, 2012
Went out and Indie was up near the gate with a few of the mares.. although she was a good ten feet away from them all. I ran down and she walked right over so I could clip on the lead rope and walk her out. She seemed pretty happy to see me and her legs looked even better.
My polo wraps also looking pretty great, I have to say.
I tacked her up and we went to our first lesson together, which was her first time being ridden in a ring with other horses. A 12hh pony named Romeo (who is probably almost as speedy as she is) and the same 14.1hh mare who kicked her out in the pasture.. the girl riding her is riding her for her owner. Indie handled it pretty well although she seemed to dislike little Romeo. She'd pin her ears right back whenever they came too close. I'd never seen her pin her ears back before then so I was surprised.
We did a lot of whoa-ing and keeping still while the individual work was going on. Once it was our turn, we got on the 20 metre circle and worked on bending and supplying her.. we then did a few strides of cantering. My instructor said she's like a gazelle, and that her canter didn't look half as good as it felt, but she also said her legs are pin straight.. which isn't true, she has pretty good angulation.
All in all, I was pretty happy with how she went. After I had her hosed off, I let her graze beside Romeo (with myself and my barn friend with the lead ropes) for a good ten minutes so we could talk for awhile. Once she left, Indie and I headed into the barn and finished getting ready. It was her first night outside so I was worried for awhile but she seemed to make out fine.
Also, we finally heard back from the vet about the x-rays and she said she was very pleasantly surprised. She had feared that Indie had mild to moderate arthritis but she discovered that quite a bit of cartilage remained and that she was only starting to show signs of arthritis so the supplement will be an even bigger help!
She said she was quite impressed with how well her joints had held up. September 12, 2012
Today we spent probably twenty minutes on lateral flexion in my private lesson. I felt like I was on a merry-go-round! I discovered that while Indie is very soft and responsive to aids, she's incredibly stubborn and set in her ways.. so to speak. After trying to get her to give her head through the lateral flexion, and spinning around about a hundred times.. I think I can honestly say that I was slightly disoriented.
I told my instructor that we should be playing jeopardy music. Finally, she caught on and her reactions got much quicker. *thank goodness!*
Then, we worked on trying to get her to learn how to bend. After I finally got her bending at the trot, I was in the midst of a huge dizzy spell.. my instructor had me keep her going at the trot, with my outside rein thrown away, just trying to get her to bend on the circle.. no matter how small I had to make it. Just picture Indie going in a relatively fast trot, in a 10 metre circle for a good few minutes before finally giving her head. Needless to say, we took a nice walk break so I could get re-oriented and so that she could have a breather.
After that, we walked her out and I cold hosed her legs and groomed her up before putting her outside.
Oh yes, and apparently my instructor doesn't believe that Indie only wears a 74" blanket.. so I'm hoping that she's wrong, because I already changed the order and it's been shipped, all $450 of it.