Monday, February 16, 2015

When Beastmode Means Riding Two Days In a Row

Pony love.
Before I head off to my CT scan today, I will let you know that I RODE. Twice. IN A ROW. Now, for me, this is big news. I don't recall that last time I rode two days in a row. I think maybe October. And I didn't pass out, nor did I need to climb/fall off my horse because I felt like I might pass out. I got my heart rate up, and got some nice exercise in. Just so you know, another obstacle of Lyme is exercise intolerance.
Streeetch down dragon.
What does this mean? It means that I am unable to physically do things like I should, and after I try, I experience negative side effects. Things like pain, extreme fatigue, nausea, dizziness, etc. It also doesn't help that I have exercise induced asthma. But it could be worse, and so I will deal with it and do my best to not end up in the hospital.
My fav trot picture from the ride.

Enough of that. We are tired of hearing "woe is me". Let's see some pony pictures!
I had an itch. And I really don't like seeing those ribs.
Day one: Bacon had morphed back into a dragon. A racehorse dragon. That didn't know what being relaxed and slow meant. I knew this was coming, as I have increased her grain and supplement rations and she hadn't been turned out that day. I proceeded anyways. Cause I'm a honey badger.
Good job horse!
She was snorty and looky and pulling. Not my regular Bacon. But that's ok, I was riding. We did get some good work in. I tried to remember what Linds was having me work on last year. Posting slower and larger to kind of try to get her to relax and slow those legs down and hopefully increase the stride and power. When she wanted to pull too hard, I tried to remember to not fight back and give her some more rein. She attempted to chill the best she could, and I appreciated that. We also threw in some cross rails and a jump or two over the barrel. She seemed to like that.
Jumping off one foot again. Darnit.
Day two was a different horse. Calm, quiet, sleeping as I tacked her up. I was feeling sad and she must have known maybe. I wanted to keep it short and sweet if she was good. And she really was. We had some nice transitions, did a little lateral work and I rewarded her with lots of breaks and then some jumping.
Pastels for spring!

Nothing like riding around in the yard.
Ho boy she was happy to be jumping! The problem we were having last year was falling forward and flat towards the jumps. Her head would be down and we would almost always take a long spot. Soooo, this year, the goal is head up at the jumps, butt engaged and getting deeper into the jumps. As my husband would yell at us as we would be coming up to the jump: BALLS DEEP! Thanks hubs, Whatever keeps you clicking that camera.
Sexy horse.

Look at that mane!

Oooo a PS Bridle....
Compared to the day before and last year, she already had improved. Weight was shifted more towards the hind end and she was just so damn excited to be jumping. It made me happy. That's not to say we didn't have any ugly jumps, because we still did, but we had more that were better. And I'll take it!
Feet planted. 

Balls deep.

Husband framed us pretty awesomely in this photo!

Moo the hay dane.

We also played a game of chase the dogs in the pasture. Bacon really enjoyed it.

Meaty did not.


Wildebeest #1.

Wildebeest #2.

And a foggy Pandora nose!


  1. Yaaaaaaaaaaaay for 2 rides back to back! So awesome to see you back on Miss Bacon :)
    Also, I spy some Pipers!

  2. Looking good with that saddle and sproadic riding time! Glad you gotta be you for a bit! Hope CT works out

  3. Heck yeah, honey badger! And I'm not sure there's anything I love more in life than your Mastiff's flapping jowls.

  4. I'm so glad you were able to ride! Fingers crossed that you start to feel better soon. Wishing you the best.....

  5. yay riding!!! y'all look great too - with nice coordinated outfits to go along with Ms Bacon looking totally fab despite time off!! good luck with the CT scan!

  6. great photos... LOLing at your hubs yelling balls deep!!

  7. Hope the CT scan went well and i am loving that you rode two days in a row!

  8. Awesome job, Lyss! Omg meatys face

  9. "Balls deep" I don't think I can yell that in a lesson and keep a straight face...laughing so hard! Y'all look amazing! Can't wait for all the summer adventures!

  10. Good to see you back in the saddle.

  11. Woo! So glad you got two days in a row and didn't feel like crap!

  12. Yay for riding two days in a row!! So awesome.