Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Underacheiving

What can I say, I sat around making great 2018 riding goals this past week, but didn't actually ride. We've had slushy snow on the ground since Christmas which is pretty much unheard of around here, but mostly I was sick and simply not able to ride. So much for my week off work that I was going to use to learn and practice dressage tests for the show in March I want to attend!

Requisite blurry photos or it didn't happen, right?

I finally got out this afternoon. I hadn't planned to - I phoned in sick to work and had big plans of just cleaning B's pen and checking water then going back home to sleep :) However, poor Bridget has been getting increasingly bored all week, and today she was literally bouncing around as I tried to do chores. Silly pony, acting like I'm leading her as I just try pick manure, while she crowhops and bounces beside me. She couldn't be much clearer about wanting to get out and do something, I guess!
Sidenote, still doing flat work in my jump saddle. I sent my dressage saddle off for reflocking and new billets in October, I think. And I have heard nothing...horsey professionals, why must you stress me out by communicating so poorly!? Is it lost? Or forgotten? Or on it's way back to me? No one knows.

The road was way too treacherous to ride, so I led her down to the indoor and hopped on, just letting her trot and canter around and blow off steam. I'm grateful again that she's always pretty careful of the people riding and around her - even when she's really, really full of it it's pretty rare she'll deliberately to try to lose her rider or barge into anyone's space.
Dressage, spaghetti western style.

Not much of a ride to recap - after a week off standing in the snow and me still feeling under the weather this obviously wasn't a ride to accomplish anything beyond simply getting out.

Fingers crossed we get back on schedule soon - it feels weird to not be riding or practicing!

Oh yay, as I was writing this I got the final person signed up for January's EC clinic. We're a go (weather permitting) for Jan 20th!
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  1. Have fun at your clinic! The first ride after an extended period off is always pretty meh

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    1. It was still nice to get out, but yeah, it had me rethinking my goals, lol

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  2. Yay! I hope the weather doesn't get in the way of the clinic!

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  3. oh man, so hard to stay on a routine with crazy weather and illnesses! hopefully tho things even out soon! and, uh, hopefully you hear about your saddle soon too! wtf ppl!

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    1. This time of year never goes to plan. And, still no response re: the saddle. At least I didn't pre pay for the work!?

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  4. Sometimes just getting on and riding is all that can be expected. It's impossible to be on any sort of regular schedule with the weather.

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    1. I think we all need one of Emma's "You tried" ribbons whenever we get out this time of year :)

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  5. Yay for clinics! This weather has been HORRIBLE. I'm so bad at keeping myself warm that this long cold snap is like my personal hell. I can't wait for 30s next week!!!

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  6. I hope the clinic goes wonderfully!

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