Saturday I worked in the morning, at the tack store, with my friends, so not really work. The couple that own Gigi, Gunner, and Zyda came in to look at dressage saddles and we found a few that might work. They took two out on trial.
After the tack store I headed out to ride Rio (the hairy Andalusian princess). The barn she is at was packed with weekend warriors. She dealt with the over crowded arena well, but took offense to a horse she spotted far away out the door. We went from a tense, but passable walk, to head in the air sideways run/spins. Deep sigh. When will you grow up horse? I quickly got her back under control and stayed on a tiny figure 8 somewhat out of the way. She is so strange, if you get on the fight with her she stays on the fight for the whole ride, if you can manage to just walk around until she chills then suddenly she is all responsive and behaves and you can ride all around walk, trot, canter. By 'just walk' I mean walking with head throwing, spinning, backing up, and general rudeness. I swear she waits 'til you get to that point of pulling your hair out and then she's all, 'oh hi, did you want me to do something?'
Finally I headed out to the 100 acres and cleaned my tack room, rode Bridger, and ate amazing food. The tack room seriously looked like a bomb had gone off, it is now much more organized and has the appearance of much space. I pulled Bridger out and gave him a good grooming while he worked on inserting his brain (first time out of the field in a while). He chilled out pretty quickly so I tacked him up and hopped on. We just walked around for a bit and called it good. I didn't lunge him, but if I'd wanted to trot it may have been helpful, because as I turned him loose back with his friends he gave a good snort/buck and bolted across the entire thing!
|Happiest Pat cat in the world!|
After feeding everyone I went inside and had the most amazing polenta and pork chops. Just. Wow. I could have ate my weight in the stuff, so delicious!
|I didn't get pictures of the food, but check out these pink sparkle nails!|
|Zelda is still cute:)|
Sunday morning involved two homework assignments and some spring cleaning. Then I met up with sprinklerbandit and we went and rode. I helped try the dressage saddles on Gigi and Gunner and we may have found one that works quite well. Then we headed over so I could ride Gus, but he had thrown one shoe and sprung the other, doh. So he got some grooming, and we looked at all his beautiful tack (including two of my current crush, Ogilvy pads).
The highlight of the day for me was hiking around the 100 acres. My friend with the property, her little boy (light saber in hand) SB and I trekked all around it. I didn't get any pictures until we were past the creek (for some unknown reason it was a low photo weekend), but up at the top the view is amazing.
We were hiking around to get more of a feel for the lay of the land for future cross country course building. I need to make a video or something so you can see how amazing it is. There are hills and plateaus and valleys and a creek that varies from wide and shallow to having steep sides. So much potential!