The problem now is that the gelding that was moved into her pasture is obsessed with her. True to form, Lilly could give a crap about him, but he MUST SEE HER AT ALL TIMES. That was fine and dandy when I hardly ever took her out of the pasture, but now that we're starting to work again, he is completely freaking out when I bring her inside.
He raced around like an idiot the other day when I brought Lilly inside to trim her hooves and when his owner and trainer arrived for their lesson, I could tell they were a little upset. I guess I should have brought him inside because he could have hurt himself running around out there. So from now on, could I just bring him in and put him in the stall if I'm going to take Lilly out of the pasture? If I just grab him first, he'll be really easy to catch, and then I can go get Lilly. Oh, and just toss him back out when I'm done and Lilly is back in the pasture.
Of course I said I would, and I did today when I brought her out to ride, but really? I have to mess with someone else's horse every time I want to ride mine? Maybe I'm being a bit silly (or being a bitch) but I don't WANT to mess with your horse. He seems like a nice horse and he was a gentleman when I brought him in today, but I don't know him very well at all. What if something happens and he gets loose or he does something stupid in the stall while Lilly and I are in the arena? No doubt it'll be my fault somehow. And what exactly do you want me to do with him when Lilly and I are going to a show? Take him with me?
Am I overreacting?
But enough about my ranting... this is the adorable face I saw when I grabbed a few things from my horse trailer. She stood at the fence nickering at me. :)
|I just love how much more white her snip has with her winter coat.|
It was overcast, cool, and windy today, so on our way to the arena, there was some snorting and a few moments where she spooked in place. Then she freaked out about the pile of jump standards on the outside of the ring that she was sure would attack her at any moment. Not to mention, goober boy was in the stall screaming like a mad man for his girlfriend. I was starting to wonder what kind of ride we'd have.
I tightened up her girth, which I didn't need to let out by the way, and hopped on. She immediately went into business mode... her head went down and she flicked her ears back at me. She only spooked one other time during our ride, and that was when some weird 3-wheeled bicycle with a yellow flag on the back came tooling down the road. She did a little scoot and then turned her head to see what the heck it was. I got her attention back on me by asking for a leg yield and we were on our way.
She was wonderful today. I am so thankful that she's the kind of horse you can ignore for three months, and then when you get back on, she's ready to pick up where you left off. I couldn't believe the jog I got when I asked her for it. It was amazing, and she did excellent the entire ride.
Today turned into more of an evaluation rather than day 1 of our get-in-shape-plan. We jogged, we did some long trotting, we did some transitions, and I worked on loping quite a bit. Rather than doing one lap around the arena, though, I worked her on a circle, using half the arena. We'd go one time around and take a short break before loping again. She is really weak on her left lead and had a really tough time holding it together. We'd get about half way around and she'd switch leads in the back. She seemed pretty good on her right lead, but we'll have to work on strengthening her hindquarters. After a couple times around at the long trot, she was huffing and puffing but she did great at the jog. We worked for a total of about 30 minutes and then called it a day.
I'll have to adjust the routine a bit, I think, and work in some ground poles, as well as some other exercises to build up some muscle tone and get her stretching. I'll go through my fitness book and see what I can find in there.
When we got back to the barn, I took her outside for some conformation shots. She humored me as always, and stood still while I took the pictures.
|Her "less white" side always looks less pudgy...|
|She looks thrilled, no?|
We had a great day and I'm looking forward to more of the same tomorrow!