Originally Posted by apachiedragon
Totally unrelated, well, sort of, but if you will double (or at least really increase) your water intake on those hot days, most of those heat headaches will go away. The headache is actually a sign that you are starting to get dehydrated, and the best thing for that is water and lots of it.
Thanks, I never knew this. I'll keep myself hydrated. Saturday July 23
Lesson today, and I, for the first time, hauled the trailer. I have ALWAYS wanted to, and I have always been so excited for when I have my license and I can go camping with the horses up north and such, but never thought I would today. We loaded Dee, dad said: "You're driving", and away we went. It's actually not rocket science. It's different, and it was strange, but it was simple enough. All you have to do is take things wide, and be gentler than you usually would (slow down earlier, don't slam on the gas or the breaks).
At lessons we worked on issues I've been having at home with the canter, which is balance. She slips and just bombs around and I haven't been able to get her going right, and we've been having lead troubles too. I don't take lessons every week; just when I need them, but I definitely needed one. We went back to trot and worked on leg yielding and bending her around small circles (all she's been doing up 'til then is lean around the circles-hence her slipping), and after we had all that down, I really didn't have much of a problem cantering. She leaned a bit, but using lots of inside leg and rein picked her up. She got all her leads, too.
I know now what I have to do at home. I knew what it was supposed to feel like, I just forgot what I was supposed to do to get her going properly. It's nice to know that I'm developing "feel" for things, and that I can (mostly) tell when she needs leg, when she needs rein, when she doesn't need it, when to let off etc. I just needed a bit of a reminder.
My instructor wants us to get her a grazing muzzle and keep her from eating so much, but...hmm. She will work the weight off again. It took me a few months to get her down to a decent weight the last time, and she'll lose it with time, but...it's summertime, and she's a horse. That's what horses do when they've got pasture.
I drove home again and everything was going good until we had to back up in the yard. I CAN'T back up. I just can't do it. Dad was bickering at me (I know, he's helping), and I got stressed out and thus got p*ssed off, and I tried some, but eventually dad had to do it. I'll practice another day when I don't have live cargo in the back.