I used to be this wild and crazy horsenut who schooled her green-as-grass horse (Apollo) on canter transitions in a bareback pad with a halter and no helmet. After I hurt my back in my car accident I became kind of a weenie. But I'm working on it! I will never be that girl again but maybe I'm like...her cousin, her more demure helmet-wearing cousin.
I mentioned previously that one of my goals has been riding outside. Which I have been doing, sort of. I have been hopping on Apollo while he snacks on grass and sort of directing him around the small grassy area outside of his pasture. Today I decided we were going to ride next to to road, in proper tack and out of the view of his herdmates.
And he was a rockstar. We mostly walked...baby steps for the weenie outdoor pilot. We encountered two low-flying planes and a helicopter (my barn is nearby a small local airport), motorcyles, cyclists, trucks pulling boats/RVs, and the barn cats popping out randomly. None of that stuff concerned him in the least. He did give a large and odd looking mushroom the hairy eye for a few seconds but that's about it.
It was such a nice ride and I was so proud of my big pony.
I was trying come up with September goals on Thursday night and brainstormed that I needed to hop over a jump or two before I move to the eventing barn. Rather than overthink it I found some ground poles and some weird cavelleti standards and popped over it that night. It was the tiniest jump I've ever seen but Apollo was quite game and although I could tell he was excited about jumping (after a good 5 years off haha) he was very well-behaved. I'll do a bit more jumping now that I have a new non-rubbing girth (so I can ride in my saddle and not my bareback pad).
WEG, here we come.
Here's a quick review of my August Goals:
2) Interdressage with herd - Nope, I blew on horse budget this month on blankets for Apollo when he was in the diet pen.
3) 20 rides on Apollo - Nope, Apollo as NQR for about two weeks. I would say we maybe got more like 7ish rides.
* These were the questions I was debating in early August
Should I leave my weekend barn job? I was thrown for a loop when the other girl wanted my hours and then she left. So I will continue working there after all. Which is fine with me :)
Should I move Apollo for the winter to the eventing barn I’ve been eyeing? Yes! We move on September 28 at 9am. I have decided to take Mystic also but will leave Henry at the closer barn so I can feed him regularly, for the convenience factor.
Should I start my distance education in the fall? I am doing a job shadow next week but will not be starting any school work until January at the earliest.
1) Ride as much as possible
Yep, I'm keeping it simple. I have my barefoot trimming course next week and I go to Vegas the following weekend. I will be focusing on doing my best to ride as much as I can! :) I'm going to watch some of my friends compete in a dressage show tomorrow, should be fun.
Now for some other random pictures from the last few weeks:
Molly rolling at the barn with a captive audience
My favorite kind of afternoon