I had made the mistake of inviting DH to the barn on Tuesday. It was complainorama 2014! He did however take a few good pictures which I will have to post later. So I was in a horrible mood yesterday, as I was still recovering from the day before and questioning myself a lot especially since Ana hasn't been all the jolly lately.
However, I was determined to not let it affect my work with Ana.
My MDC stirrups had arrived the day before so I decided to try them out and OMG - I love them. Best investment ever.
I only rode Ana in the arena for a few minutes as I noticed an continued problem trotting to the right and a general lack of enthusiam for work. I took her outside and we trotted all.over.the.place. We usually just walk, so when I asked her to trot, she was like ..."really!?!" I was like "Yes, really!!!" I feel like she got a good work out and didn't resist as much as she does in the arena, and I did get her to stretch down and seek the bit for a few strides, so I will call that progress.
All these developments are starting to make me feel a little better about my journey with Ana again. Some days I just get a little down because I'm so driven to succeed but don't always have the resources required to get there, and I'm still trying to find the balance between pushing Ana enough to develop but not pushing her to the point that she becomes ring sour. I'm also concerned about her health; I don't want her to develop IR, so she needs to keep fit. So some days when she's not enthusiastic, I wonder if I'm pushing her too hard or if she's going through her cycle, or if she's not tolerating the Oklahoma heat as well, or if she didn't sleep well, or if the girth is too tight, or the saddle hurts her, or if she's just trying to convince me to go the easy route, because why work harder than required?
I'm trying to find some things for her that she enjoys. I turned her out in the arena with another mare and she did seem to enjoy that. I gave her a ball to play with but she just looked at me like "what am I supposed to do with that?" She does love to explore so I don't discourage that even though it may create more work for me. Yesterday she dumped out the contents of the grooming box. Silly girl :)