Monday, July 11, 2016

Keeping Busy

I've been busy this past weekend. I took full advantage of having a full time baby sitter (my mom) and bedded back the stalls and trimmed Twister's ugly, dry, cracking feet and got in another ride. I plan to ride one more time before she leaves as long as the weather cooperates.

Twister was pretty good about me doing his feet. I only had to get after him once. It was cool in the shedrow and not buggy. So being an ass wasn't justified. I have a LOT of work to do on those feet still but this is a start and at least they will fit in his boots now. I bought a new rasp at the same time I bought the sparkle whip so it was also fun and easy to do his feet yet at the same time so much freaking hard work. I haven't done that much work since I was 4 or 5 months pregnant. I was exhausted the rest of the day.

On Saturday I rode. Plan was to work on Twister being soft and moving off my leg and not dragging me around. I also wanted to go through the trot poles a few times and work on his topline as I worked on my core. We went through the poles SO NICE the third time through that I decided I'd reward Twister with a canter. As he broke into the canter I realized I have something else that seriously has to be worked on before we can move out of walk-trot mode..... my pelvic floor. I'll be doing Kegals all day everyday for the rest of the year probably. Any mom will relate.

from now on I'll only be wearing dark colors for pics.....
We had a pretty good ride with Twister occasionally wanting to be a jerk. But for the most part, he was all to happy to work, no matter what that work consisted of.

Even after the very brief canter I decided to be brave and do a few rounds without stirrups. We did a western jog, not a real working trot. So it was sort of cheating. But still hard work.

Once Mom leaves I'm hoping to get in at least one ride a week. For both my sanity and Twister's. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE being a momma. And my priorities have changed quite a bit. But a momma still needs "me-time". Not to mention it's good exercise.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Flatting (Also, this is post 200!)

Mom is finally here so I have a babysitter so I can ride some. Finally put Twister to work today. He's fat, hollow and on the forehand but he was really trying to remember all our dressage skills. Basically all I wanted was for him to move out off my leg and for us to both start to use our cores.

Look up, sit back and close your freakin' hands!
It wasn't a terrible ride. Considering we haven't worked since like September (only trail riding) I guess it was an awesome ride. Twister was thrilled to be working. No sarcasm. He was so happy for attention and riding. He wanted to canter but it's too wet out. I'm going to ride again Thursday, Friday and Sunday....hopefully. We will be walk-trotting forever. 

I still fit in my Kerrits! And I could zip up my tall boots!

Not just because we're both incredibly out of shape (after only 20 minutes in the saddle we were both huffing and puffing) but also because his feet are a mess. Dry and cracked. So I'll be babying them and this week I'll trim them. 


Debating what crap to put on his feet.... Farrier barrier, Karatex or Hoofheal? I have Karatex and Farrier Barrier. I just have to pick one and stick with it for the next month or two. 

Also, I bought a bitchin' purple sparkle whip in October and have been saving it all this time until I started really riding again. I love it. Didn't really need it to encourage Twister, but we did beat off some flies with it!

2 Months Old!!!

Mona Lu would like to ride too!
Happy 200 posts, by the way!!!!