October 20, 2012
This last month has gone by so fast.. I've only had Indie for about six weeks. It seems like I've known her forever!
The farrier stopped by to do Manny's feet so he'll be coming down next weekend to do Indie's, although one of his kids might come visit so in that case, it'll be during the week that he does them.
I got down to the barn, and it was raining (still is), plus Indie was in having her breakfast.. so I took off her rain sheet and hung it up in the tack room so it could hopefully dry a bit. I took her leather halter and replaced it with her new turquoise zebra print halter so that I could clean the leather one while she munched on some hay.
Before I cleaned the halter, I cleaned/conditioned my new saddle as well! I'll be glad when my stirrup leathers finally come in, because borrowing stirrup leathers from my coach is tedious! I'll have a nice set of arm muscles by the time my own get here.
Once I had everything cleaned off, I got Indie all ready to ride! I gave her a nice brushing off, picked out her feet and then rubbed down her legs. Erica was down to ride Manny as well, so she was getting him ready near the back of the barn. (away from the alpacas.. because they scare the crap right out of him.. which is amusing because Manny is probably the most well-trained horse at the barn)
I put the polos on, and saddled her up. I put the saddle cover over the saddle, because it was still
raining, and then I bridled her. I'll have to clean her bit and bridle tomorrow because her bit gets all foamy and gross pretty quickly.
I walked her large for a couple laps before adding in circles, back ups, sidepasses, etc. Then, we did lots of trot transitions and tried staying round and keeping forward through the downward transition. She got a couple really nice ones!
After she was warmed up, we worked on getting round and engaged at the trot. Erica and Manny had one half of the arena and we had the other.. so we mostly did circles although sometimes I went large and we did leg yields. Whenever she was doing good, I'd give her a break and we'd do lateral flexions and smaller circles.
My goal for today was getting in a correct lead at the canter, both ways. It takes longer going right rein so we did that first. She got a nice walk break after a few laps of cantering on the correct lead. Her lips were a bit foamy during our work out today, so she must've been thinking and playing with the bit.. resulting in a soft mouth.
We worked on more trotting before we walked out. I admit that I didn't do as much bending that I usually do, but we had a more limited space so I decided we'd do a more trot-focused workout. She didn't work up a sweat but since it was raining anyways, I decided I'd just hose her all off! Surprisingly, she stood completely still and let me spray every inch of her. I was able to simply hold onto the lead and go all the way to her butt without her budging.
My strict "hosing guidelines" must've paid off and taught her that standing still is a must unless I hint otherwise. (ie: walk her over to the grass and give her excess lead rope)
I threw her cooler on her and let her munch some hay in her stall while I gave her a chance to dry and tidy up everything.
After a bit, I brought her back out and brushed her off, did her feet and then put some cream on her bite mark that she got a couple weeks ago. It's healing pretty well and the fur seems to be growing back in chestnut (fingers crossed it continues) but I'm going to keep applying it until it's completely healed up.
Since I had a good hour and a half left until my mom got back from shopping, I decided I'd braid Indie's mane! So for a good hour and fifteen minutes, Indie dozed off on the cross ties while I braided her mane. I'm horribly slow, because I only got about halfway done. I had braided her tail beforehand (three braids braided together) so she was pretty snazzied up. I'm going back to the barn tomorrow so I figured I'd just finish her mane then when I had time.
I finally got her rain sheet on and gave her an apple slice before she went back out into the pasture. At first, she just stood in the mud waiting around.. so I went in there and she got the hint to go eat grass. Although when I drove out, she was by the empty hay feeder (there's a round bale out to the side though... it got super muddy around the feeder so they put it out on the grass instead). Silly horse.
All in all, a lovely ride and a lovely little visit!