To Chevaux and Jaydee: no!
My husband would NOT support any more critters and in truth I am happy with what I have. Except maybe a couple of pigs for eating, but that's not for a horse blog...
I have been doing well sticking to my commitment to Riley to get him fitter and more in a work routine. Son doing half day camps is just enough to fit in some arena work, and I even squeezed in some weekend work without my usual feeling of guilt.
Both Riley and I find it hard to motivate ourselves for Arena work, but we are getting there. My technique is to 'talk the talk' that an instructor would if I were in a lesson. So firstly I state my purpose of the session, and say what the arm-up regime is, I remind myself of things to watch (no leg nagging, close fingers in left hand, nice corners without his shoulder falling out etc etc), and proceed with the session in that manner. I do find that if I am talking aloud then I retain concentration on the job in hand.
Riley is big and unfit and I have to remind myself of this so we are working on balance and flexibility but currently sticking to riding large in the arena with diagonal rein-changes and very few-to-none 20 metre circles. His area of stiffness to watch is the right hind and now I know that I can watch and work on it.
He attempted a bit of napping in one of our sessions - but I pushed him through it with leg, voice and whip and now it doesn't happen. I know he would LIKE to slow down at the gate or the mounting block... but I won't let him
Hs reward for good arena work is to go on a little hack around our acreage.
Today we will go out for a hack with a friend instead of arena work; both he and I will enjoy that.
UKON is doing well
I have heard from the trainer that she is pleased with his progress this week and she expects to get on him at the end of this week. Fingers crossed that good progress continues.
The two boys and I miss him muchly.