Kinda abandoned this place whilst on week long holidays, and when I came back I did not really feel like writing anything.
When visiting my mother, I also visited my friend in her stable, got to ride once, for about 30 minutes. Did great. Waiting for my friend to cut up the video, but with that horse, in a jumping saddle, which I hate, I managed to keep my legs in place, trot easily, the horse goes forwards, he was not totally in frame, as he has been ridden too much with hard hand, and I decided not to ask him to fight with me, but to try and learn, that I won't pull on him. Our canter was amazing too, managed to sit a little more extended canter, without problems, and my arms weren't flailing around as if I was about to take off in flight. So ye, proud of myself, and my friend was proud of me too.
Last monday did a ride in the forest with Teddy, standard long trail, some trot, a little canter together with our buddy for the first time.
Then I got ill for the week and could not ride.
Saturday rode again, but basically just walk trot.
Sunday went to see that angloarab pony thing, that I am considering adopting. He is tiny, but might still grow, as he is only 3. But cute as a button.
But to get him here, first need all the ice to melt underground, so I can change fences.. and they need to sort out papers.
Then I went to help my friends with their mares - 6 yr old lithuanian draft mare, gypsy started - so we tested if she knows what a rider is. She did great, easy to mount, easy to set to walk, good breaks, trot was harder to find, but managed, and she is extra comfy. Just want to get her on better surface to work a little more and train her to be even better for my friend.
The other mare is 8, skinny, and needs a different saddle, but we just checked how she does things. She has a rearing issue when she wants to do smth but is not allowed to. She doesnt really rear, but attempts to. I guess if she was in better condition the rears would be bigger. (she came skinny here from old owners, my friend is slowly increasing her feed, but also making sure the other mare does not become fatter)
Then I got to ride Teddy for the last time. Forest for about an hour, our friend decided we could canter together, but it ended up in a full out gallop. Which was a looot of fun, Picasso never got far from us, even though he is about 1 hand taller than Teddy, and theoretically in better physical condition, as he is not chubby and got worked almost all winter. But Teddy showed his speed.
Monday Teddy left to live with his owner, because the costs are the same as they say - board at my place, plus transport to come visit, is about the same as the board there. So ye. And he wants to train in an indoor arena, get the horse ready to do things etc.
He wants me to go visit and ride ofc, but I dunno if I have the time, and he is offering for me to start in a dressage competition in may, but I might not be able to ride enough till then.
Since Monday Grand is alone, he spent that night neighing a lot, but has been calm lately. Just neighs every time I open the front door of the house. He wants my company. So on tuesday I took him, cleaned him, rubbed him down, massaged some spots, scratched other spots, raised front legs, checked our respect - backing up and yielding hindquarters, yielding forequarters.
Went for a walk around our pastures to just be together and evaluate the repairs and stuff I need to do. Also picked up some rubbish that had appeared. He loved spending time with me, was very attentive, and helping me pick up things
But yesterday I had no time for him, just fed him and talked with him around feeding times, and today cannot start working either, because the weather is wet and there is ice 10 cm underneath the surface, which means the top layer of everywhere is yukky mud that is trying to go somewhere, but cannot. So ye, no work.
I am fine, just dealing with the aftermaths of being ill, suddenly started feeling ill today too, even though for the weekend I was fine.
And ye, I need to start Grand (Mom now nows he is mine ...
), so I can train him to be my fantastic riding horse, also I can ride my friends mare, and train the other one too... so ye, plenty of work.
And of course uni.