Wow, there was a photo shoot at the barn today, and I wasn't the one with the camera for a change. The photographer who I met at Woodward Camera came out again to practice shooting horses. I got Blondie ready and then took her down the drive where he was experimenting with shadows and light. Then we headed back into the arena so he could test out his new spiffy flash.
I trotted Blondie around for him and his friend, while they fired off pictures. Blondie was getting warm, so I walked her around to cool her off. She was very well behaved until one of the horse trailers was pulled around to the front of the barn. Instead of fighting with her, I decided to call it quits.
This is probably the last time that I'll be riding on a Sunday morning for a while. The trainers are leaving for Oklahoma on Tuesday, and they will be gone for two weeks. Sunday is show rider day, and since Blondie isn't in training again until next year, I'm technically not a show rider anymore. It will also allow me some time to step back and put things into perspective.
Blondie is on turnout now, and I will be stopping by after work to just goof around with her. I would like to work on patterns with her - there's no reason why she can't trot a circle, figure 8, or serpentine. I will dust off the western saddle and start working on that over the next two weeks, taking things rather leisurely since she is on vacation for the next few months.