I know I promised some more Rocket training videos for anyone who's interested, and I have them on the computer, I just haven't had the time to upload them to YouTube yet. I'll put them up as their own post sometime soon.
Lex has been perfect since I got back. I'm going to ride her again tomorrow and then give her Monday off. Thursday we just walked and trotted around in the ring (blech) a little while so I could check that she remembers where the gears are. Yesterday we added in some lunging before I got on, not to tire her out but because Chris, the trainer who's going to be helping us out starting next week, and Sharon both said that I should lunge her to help her find her balance. She was good about it, though she doesn't seem to understand lunging to the right as well as she does to the left. After a few minutes of that, I got on and she was just awesome with transitions, trot circles, and changes of direction. After a quiet and lovely ride, we walked all around the field on a loose rein. Great, great ride for my baby OTTB! It didn't even occur to her to get quick.
|"I can't even stay awake on the cross-ties."|
Speaking of school horses and rain rot, I'm going to start working with a three year old warmblood gelding who lives at the riding school. He's not in the lesson program, obviously, but he belongs to my boss. He is THE CUTEST. His name is Finn. Unfortunately, his rain rot is AWFUL, but we'll get it cleared up.
|"I am hard to take pictures of because I want to be in your pocket!"|
The bad thing about rain rot is that you have to remove the scabs, which a) hurts the horse, and b) removes a whole bunch of the hair. Lesson ponies with big bald spots are less cute. But if you don't treat it, especially in a constantly-damp environment like Florida, the horse can get secondary bacterial infections like staph. It sucks. Cross your fingers that I can nip Lex's in the bud! I got her a fly mask. I'm not sure she likes it.
|"Is this... funny to you?"|
I haven't ridden Duchess again since I got back and I probably won't be able to again until Tuesday. Hopefully I can find a routine for the next six weeks that involves getting to ride her.
Mom sent me some pictures of Rocket today! Hooray.
|"I need shade, Ma."|
|I miss that little face!|