October 7, 2012
Got picked up from my friend's house earlier today so that I could go to the barn before Thanksgiving supper tonight.
Indie looked super spiffy in her new rain sheet! Seemed excited to see me, she walked right over as soon as she noticed that I was there for her! No rips in her blanket, although it was a tad dirty.
Got her hooked onto the cross-ties and got her all groomed up before I rubbed down her legs and wrapped them. I got out the saddle and bridled her up and we headed down! I didn't have lots of time today so time before and after our ride was limited to just the necessary stuff. My dad is dropping me off tomorrow so I'll have plenty more time then.
My instructor must've been jumping Roger or Hemi because there were a few jumps set up. I left them and figured it'd just be another opportunity for Indie to get used to different objects because I highly doubt that she's ever seen jumps before. She took a few seconds to check them over while walking by, but she got over it quickly before I got on.
She didn't stand still, in fact.. she went backwards so I almost sat right on her neck.. which would not have ended well at all. I think her new way of getting out of things is backing up, as she does the same when she gets frustrated when we practice yielding her hind-end. (although she's getting much better)
We did some lateral flexions (touched her nose to both legs and she quickly softened, so she's getting much more supple!) and did lots of circles at the walk. After about five to seven minutes of walking, we went onto a 15m circle and did trot transitions. She engaged herself much more quickly and went into frame for a good circle at one point, but continued to have nice moments throughout. It'll take awhile to build up the necessary muscle but we have a start!
Once she was more warmed up, I let her walk a lap before we worked on leg yields. She's finally realizing that leg yields start with the movement of the hind end. She actually did a few really nice side passes going right rein! Even better, is that she also did one going left which is her problem area. Much better than spending five minutes just getting her to yield her hindquarters, like on Friday.
I gave her a walk lap around the ring going large just to give her a mental break, because a) she did a good job up until that point and b) she tends to get frustrated easily so my instructor always reminds me to never to push her to that point.
Once she was relaxed again, with her head almost to the ground (okay, not quite, but her poll was a bit lower than her withers) and she wasn't flapping her lips.. I decided we'd do walk/trot transitions going around the ring just to tune her up some. We switched gait each letter so by the end, her transitions were considerably quicker and softer.
After we did about three laps of transitions each way, I decided we'd switch it up so we rotated between trotting large and trotting 10m circles.. just to keep her busy and get some energy out in a constructive way. She managed to keep a decent headset all the way around even though she had moments of speeding up, but she slowed down with a half halt or two.
After that, we went towards the center and did lateral flexions and just cooled down with a mix of walking large and walking circles. Once about five minutes went by, I walked her out by hand for another five before we headed back up.
I gave her part of an apple before I went and hosed down her legs. They weren't too warm, but I figured I would anyways just to be preventative. The flies were bugging her face while I was brushing her off and taking care of all her little cuts and scrapes so I put her fly mask on while I was finishing up. Once I had her hooves all treated, I got her blanket on and sprayed her legs and part of her neck with fly spray and put some MTG in her forelock.
I didn't bother putting her cribbing collar on her because I have yet to see her crib while outside, she's usually too busy being a little piggy. She does crib in her stall, collar or not but since she's only in there to eat breakfast/supper, it's not a huge deal. Usually if I'm there, I'll tap her nose and she'll quit it for the duration of my stay.
I've noticed that it's rubbing a bit of hair off the side of her face so I also wanted to give the hair a chance to come back.
After I closed the gate, she went right to the water, as usual, before walking off to the rest of the herd. For the first time ever, I didn't see her get chased off from the round bale! When I drove off, she was eating hay with Maggie and Mirabelle, so she should have a nice afternoon.