Well..Im going to attempt to restart ST. I figure if I can fix problems, next step is to start/restart a horse. While she's a perfect trail mount, we're going to switch it up and make her a perfect gaming horse, along with fence checks.
Today (yesterday) I got my highlights redone after 2 hours of agony, as soon as I stepped outside the door I realized that I was going to the barn and riding. I didnt really have the gas money to go out on a day I didnt work, but I could NOT pass up a day of 65F.
So..it took me two hours to catch her. I lured them all in the barn with grain but A$$hole kept chasing her out before I could get to her. I can't make it through knee high mud in work boots, so I went with the grain and treats to the fenceline to try and lure her up. That obviously didnt work when I accidently touched my elbow ro the fence and shocked three of them, lol. Eventually I got the bright idea to turn the fence off and crawl through where the mud wasnt so deep. I took her up to the gate and tied her while I walked around and shimmied over to her lead on the gate.
We tacked up and took a lap around the corn field to check for any groundhog holes and try and relax before I took her out on the road. Well, we pranced/trotted all the way around the first time, almost stepping right into a small hole (just a deep hoofprint, but still) and realized it was easier to walk after I pushed h. Out of her pleaure trot and into a nice working trot the last stretch. After that we went to take another lap, except she actually walked. Well, she walked until we got to the end of the driveway and she decided she wanted to trot again, little do I know she wanted to canter (my fault, I leaned forward to speed up her trot). Im glad we had a lap before our impromptu canter so that I didnt try to circle her (wouldve slipped) and I pushed her down the stretch instead of fearing for a broken leg in a hole.
As soon as we came back down to a walk, relaxed as all, loose rein, neck reining, and no more go go go attitude.
So, we walked back nice and relaxed and I put her back out. The new bit doesnt have as much bite, so we'll be working somewhere that doesnt have leg breaking holes next time.
I might be going out today after work or might wait until tomorrow before work.
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