October 3, 2012
What a good lesson! Received a good, genuine compliment from my instructor!
While tacking up, Indie actually kept all four legs on the ground for when I was wrapping up the polos. Usually it's a battle of the wills and I have to keep at her until she keeps it down, but today there was no issue! Surprisingly, we got down a good ten minutes early so I spent extra time on bending.
During our warm-up, one of my instructor's dogs, Thor (a pitbull/beagle mix who she adopted a few years ago after he was found tied to a tree).. ran full speed into the arena after a pigeon. Laura was out showing a woman a horse, as apparently the woman was out of horses for awhile and wanted to spend time with a few. Within a few moments, Thor had managed to grab the pigeon by it's neck.. snap the neck.. and obviously, kill it. I was just casually riding by when I saw it's head twitch before it froze. I sat there and yelled out, "THOR KILLED A PIGEON!!" to my instructor while she was out in the field.
She got in and laughed, of course.. and the rest of the pigeons ended up staying up in the rafters instead of flying around.
As for riding, lots of bending, leg yields and... trot poles!
Things that I learned: Indie has not ever seen a set of trot poles before, nor does she know how to leg yield from my right leg.
By the end of that exercise, she was somewhat
side passing from my right leg (we simplified the leg yield when we realized that she had no sweet clue) and she was getting perfect striding over the poles! Much better compared to her stopping dead in her tracks over the poles and going "omg what do I do", and me spending three minutes with as much pressure as humanly possible on her side trying to get her to move her haunches.
The genuine compliment I mentioned earlier? While on a 20m circle, once I was keeping my hands up and consistent.. Indie was going in a perfect frame! Did I mention, engaged and stretched out! My instructor said she looked great, which is probably one of the first times she's said that. She said it showed off her nice shoulder and stride length. Yay for Indie and yay for my consistent hands!
After that, we did more bending and we also did some spirals until she kept the bend throughout. So proud! I walked her out by hand for five minutes before bringing her up. She got half an apple (I usually give her 1/8 of an apple for behaving during things like polo wrapping, the farrier and applying the CopperSet on her hooves and then 1/4 for a good ride).
I hosed her legs down, applied ointment on all her little cuts and went to put her outside after I let her legs dry and the hoof stuff set in. When putting her out, all the mares were outside the gate.. so I ushered them away. Much to my annoyance, and for a moment panic, Molly noticed me getting an apple out for Indie.. being the piggie she is, she comes over and tries shoving Indie away. I managed to give Indie the apple about a split second before Molly comes tearing through, scaring Indie and almost causing her to run over me.. but instead, she did a nice little turn on the haunch/rear type thing to avoid me (or the electric fence.. now which seems more likely? Haha).
Anyways, I'll probably give her the day off tomorrow since she's been ridden everyday this week.