November 6, 2012
We had a group lesson tonight.. and oh my gosh, it was freezing! My toes/fingers and even face was going numb. Time to break out the winter riding gear!
Emma and I have also come to the conclusion that Romeo and Indie are in love. It was so
funny, I had her in her cooler while we were walking around the ring to start.. and we stopped in the center while Emma had Romeo off to the side.. and he stared right at her for a good few minutes. He'd shuffle around but he always kept his eyes on her. He went to sniff the ground and still kept staring! Of course, she faced the other way and still pins her ears at him. Rejection!
Not a realistic theory, but it sure seemed the case!
Tonight we worked on collection and extension, mainly at the trot. It was Indie's first real transition within the gait work, and it went pretty well! Her extended trot was a bit slow at first until Laura yelled out, "Hayley! That horse's legs are a mile long, you should be lapping everyone!" So, off we went.. Indie stretched right out and we were on a roll around the ring!
Collection.. not her strong point but that will come with time, I think.
Our goals at the canter was just get the correct lead, and on her right lead, get a good bend. We also tried the collection and extension, now of course, extension came naturally although we still need her bending at the canter. Collection.. I knew that'd be our harder goal, but she actually didn't do half bad. I think I'll keep a little more leg on next time, just to keep the momentum and keep her at the canter.
After a nice ride, we headed back up to the barn and I got her all groomed up, and rubbed down her legs. I didn't hose them down because it was freezing
. I also left her inside because she was a little sweaty and yes, I know it's not a valid excuse, but I didn't want her to be cold.
We're also adding beet pulp to get more weight on her, simply because my instructor doesn't just want to overload her with grain for multiple reasons. coughinsaneamountsofenergycough
Anyways, I have a lesson again tomorrow, yay!