October 28, 2012: Entry 2
Indie is a foamy beast, that is all.
During our ride today, she was flinging globs of it around.
I got to the barn around 1:30 today and I ran my butt down to the pasture to grab Indie! She seemed pretty content to see me.
Once she was on the cross ties, I got her all groomed up. Her winter coat must be coming in.. it's wavy, poofy and just not flattering.
Oh well, I'm sure her coat in the spring will be lovely! Much to my not
surprise, she had a nip mark on her butt.. still no friends. She should just pair up with the other loner mare, who happens to be her reincarnatee, Annie. (ten years age difference, but they have a bit of resemblance! Indie is much prettier though!
I was reading the bottle on the leg rub and it said to use after the ride.. so we're switching that part of our routine since I always did it before.
I put the stirrups back on my saddle and wrapped her legs. I'm so glad that our new SMBs are finally coming in this week, so much more convenient and quick! Plus they'll be more consistent in support/pressure/tension/etc.
I finished tacking up and we headed down to the arena. Thor was down there barking at the pigeons so I told him to get out, and luckily, he did.. and didn't return.
For our warm up, we did about fifteen lateral flexions.. a few laps each way at a forward walk, three laps on backing up at each letter.. and then did a few sidepasses each direction.
Then, we did a three loop serpentine with walk transitions at center line. It frustrates me, but nowadays, Indie's first trot transition after a walk break/warm up/etc is very slow and I have to use quite a bit of leg pressure to get her going. So a lot of our ride is just trot transitions, I definitely don't want her to turn into a lazy bum.
Once she was all warmed up, I started out with a left lead canter (the one that she usually picks up easiest). She got it the first try, so I let her canter a couple circles and rewarded her.
After I trotted a circle, we changed directions. Up until today, she would usually fall in and not get it.
Our first attempt was a failure, she fell in and was doing a really fast trot that made the canter impossible to pick up. Tried again, same thing. So next time, I used only a turned in inside thumb, inside leg and a bit of outside leg. Wrong leg. Tried it again, correct lead! Bingo! Let her go about three circles, brought her back to a trot, gave her a nice neck rub. I got it twice more, both within the first try! After that, her mouth was getting insanely foamy.. excessively. I gave her a walk break so that she could think about what she just did and so that she could catch her breath.
We did a couple laps each way at the trot doing leg yields and since she was going satisfactory, we left it at that. We walked to the benches to grab my saddle cover and we walked out by-hand. I think she really had a nice work out because she was over tracking more than usually without me encouraging her any.
Once she was untacked, I took her out and hosed her off. I brought a cloth out with me as well so I washed off her face as well.
Following a nice groom session, I put her in her stall for her supper. Of course, the pig "snuck" into her stall over ten times, despite me chasing him off with a broom repeatedly. I ended up barricading him in a stall.
After Indie was out to pasture, chowing on grass, I waited for my mom to arrive so that we could drive to the Esso and get some slushies!