I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed a bit of a break — I know I did. I usually try to limit my holiday travelling, but this year that just wasn’t possible; more travelling equals less pony time, so there’s really not much to report on the Miles front.
|Rocky demonstrating the post-Thanksgiving coma
Plus I’ve been taking it pretty easy – the farrier was supposed to come out and trim Miles about a week and half ago, but he hurt his back and hasn’t been able to come out yet. He’s scheduled to (finally!) come out today, though. Yippee! And since I’m an overcautious mom, I’ve just been hacking around and doing spa things… which Miles hates.
Anyone have tips for mane pulling? Miles will NOT stand still, so I finally just cut it – and I think it looks okay, except for a section near his ears, which is just too thick. So any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Anyways, I rode for the first time since before Thanksgiving yesterday and Miles was a bit grumpy. Probably the grumpiest I’ve seen him yet, with a few “No, I don’t wanna!” moments that included head shaking and a cow kick. But I just pushed him forward, and as soon as we started doing more interesting things, he was better.
I set out a circle of death with ground poles and worked on that. It went well at the walk and trot, but I didn’t measure and one pole was too close to the center, so the canter was a bit iffy. I really liked this exercise for a multitude of things I’m working on though, such as:
- Ride leg to hand (not hand to leg)
- Look where I’m going (not where I am)
- Increase Miles’ flexibility
I’m definitely going to revisit this exercise later this week and try to set it more properly so we can really work on the canter. I think this will help us focus on our balance and pace, which are two things we desperately need to improve.
I finished up the ride with a bit of no stirrup work. Thus far the key to success for me has been lowering my stirrups one hole for my flat rides and just adding in a few minutes without them at all at the end. I need to work on pushing myself though, because after one lap my legs were burning so I stopped, but today I’m not sore. Guess it’s No Stirrup December for me!
|Miles is not enthused about No Stirrup December, LOL