Saturday, January 5, 2013

What a Day

Pony shows no remorse.
 So, today was not one of those days that goes according to plan. Not at all. Though, for what it's worth, I would like to state that I fully and completely blame today's events on the fact that my "goals" post is still hot off the presses... Nothing like tempting good old equine fate like setting solid, concrete, and public goals.
 Now, what - exactly, went wrong, you ask?
Excelent question. Today was a balmy 30 degrees, the snow was glistening and the sun was almost unbearably shiny. That may be where everything went wrong. It was simply too nice of a day. And Delight wanted to change that.
As it would turn out... Delight had a slightly different lesson plan than I had in mind. About ten minutes into the ride, I made a bad choice. I picked a fight that I did not win. Delight decided that she was NOT going to go into the corner with the spectator seating. So I applied the uber half halt (make that spook upwards, right?), lots of inside leg and outside rein- keep her in the corner!
It was a good plan.
It didn't work. At all.

The upwards half halt worked. Too well. Delight reared. I spanked. She leaped  She bucked. And bucked again. And again. Then veered a sharp left.
And I ate it. Hard.
So we finished the ride with 45 minutes of lunging. Trot. Canter. Trot. Canter. Trot. Canter. Rinse and repeat until you have a sweaty, tired, obedient pony.
This pose might have clued me in that today was not going to be great
Practicing, again? Really?

That's right you go back to your hay. 
Next up was Chantilly. Of course, for this ride, I was a little sore. And tired. And cranky.
But she worked hard. And did ok. And I didn't get bucked off. Whew
Happy pony poses by her bridge.
Thanks dad.

Ah.Then there was RC. I lunged him. Good boy.

To finish off my day, I got my haircut. Finally! I was able to donate 11" of hair to locks of love, and voila!

1 comment:

  1. Ouch! Glad you had two good rides after. Not the best way to spend your Monday. Hope the rest of your rides this week are better.