Only a few more days until we leave for Dayton! We made plans for a schedule change, and I am going to drive Blondie Wednesday evening instead of riding her. I haven’t driven her all year! This is the last chance, and I didn’t want it to pass me by.
We have been practicing patterns, and Blondie has continued to try her best to do what I ask. The patterns aren’t pretty, but we are getting them done. Friday was the best effort, with her trotting a very nice, round circle, and then stepping off into a canter off the rail. She weaved a little down the line, but things are slowly coming along. The class at the show is more for a bench marker for us; I want to see how much we improve over the winter and try riding in another adult eq class next summer.
Wednesday was a fun lesson, and we had a new rider join the group. All of the kids but Amber ditched us, and since Blondie and Nyk had been visited by the chiropractor earlier in the day, the had the night off. At first I wasn’t very thrilled to ride Harley again, but then I thought that it would be a good opportunity to see if I have progressed since the last time I rode him.
It was very uplifting to see how much progress I have made at the end of the lesson. I was able to keep him bridled without pulling on his mouth, but instead by bumping him up with my legs. Since he travels in slow motion, it is easier to do with him than with other horses. I actually have time to react and correct, where Blondie and Nyk don’t give me that opportunity.
Today we ran through Meijer and I picked up snackage for the trip. I am almost all packed up, but I am still stressing that I will forget something. Ugh.