Thanks for the hello,
! Glad you are feeling better.
Great ride tonight with Hero and Nala. We went about 5 miles, in a little less than an hour. Halla and Nala used to do about 8 or 9 miles in just over an hour, but my internal metronome is resetting itself and getting used to this different pace. For a while it used to feel off, like I was out of sync.
Nala was supposed to have her hooves soaked in salt water, so we joked that this was the lazy horseman's way. Ride in the ocean for 20 minutes instead to combine exercise with hoof soaking.
The horses are so good, it's nice to recognize all the things that are major hazards for riders and see how our beach training has paid off. We went by fires, cars with loud bass, trucks doing cookies, tents, lawn chairs and buckets. It was all good.
I meant to spend time working on Hero being upset/then calm, but every time he got upset today he went to instant calm, without me working on anything. It's possible that this is due to his new magnesium supplement with thiamine, or because I've been working more with him, or a combo. We did lots of good cantering even though the sand was deep, and he did one kick out which I smacked him instantly with the crop for, and then he settled into a canter again.
Nala had not been out for two weeks, so she was the one crow hopping a lot.
That's not to say we didn't both almost fall off.
The horses had been in the waves for twenty minutes, and barely flinched at even the biggest white caps coming at their legs. Suddenly, the sun shone over the waves and gleamed off a white cap and I saw Nala staring at it and saw her body turn, and thought "Oh here we go."
Hero flipped a 180 with her, and I was quite off the saddle to one side. Somehow in a tenth of a second I imagined splashing into the cold ocean and knew exactly what that would have felt like. This gave me incentive to just try to float my body somewhere near the saddle as Hero trotted away after the spin, and eventually I settled back enough to where I could grab onto something and get onto his back.
We do what we gotta do, right? https://www.theguardian.com/sport/vi...win-race-video
It was quite fun trotting fast through the waves on the way home, and Hero cantered up the big hill without bucking. Nala's rider said Nala was smoother with shoes on, because she collected herself more.