I’m in a rut. After my horse show high faded, I found myself with less motivation and more excuses. With the weather turned chilly and blustery, it’s harder to leave the warmth of my house; With daylight savings time over, I will now be at the barn in the dark. And what, exactly do I have to work on again? Those small stepping stones seem too elusive to articulate these days.
But I mustered up enough motivation to go out to the barn on Saturday. Miles was a filthy, muddy mess and he argued about being brushed… which was annoying. Eventually I cleaned up the beast so he at least looked mildly presentable, tacked up and got on.
I had the entire large indoor to myself, but I was too lazy to put out any poles or anything, so I decided to focus on bending and circles. It went okay: Miles didn’t get as stretchy/bendy as I would have liked, but he tried.
We also worked on smaller circles, and I got frustrated. To this point, we’ve mostly only done 20m+ circles (as in wall to wall of the arena). But I think it’s time we got ourselves a little more balanced and handy, so I tried some 10-15m circles. Again, Miles participated but it just didn’t feel great. We’d start the first half of the circle going well, then he’d bulge out and I was barely able to keep him on the intended track for the last 1/4th of the circle.
After about 25 minutes I realized I was doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, so I stopped. There was no reason for me to pick a fight — Miles was doing what he was asked, I was just not in the best of moods. So I hopped off, brushed him and put him back with extra hay and treats.
I had planned to go out to the barn on Sunday as well, but my back was really hurting and I had other plans so I skipped it. See what I mean about less motivation and more excuses? Ugh.
In other news, since I sucked it up so terribly during the Two Point Challenge, I decided to try to do No Stirrup November! Some of my friends at the barn want to do it, so hopefully we can all cry together… or probably they will laugh as I struggle to do one lap of trotting around the ring. But whatever, at least it’s something to do!
|By Viva Carlos|