Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Finally Recovered


Yeah. It took me a whole week to recover from my xc clinic. That saddens me, and so does the lack of media from it, but that's ok. Because I know in my brain that it was awesome and worth it. I had learned a week or two earlier from my pulmonologist appointment that my lungs are larger than average, but that trap gasses so they don't work all that well. So, I should just be pretty happy that I had no asthma attacks! I was feeling ok enough (after a crappy morning) in the afternoon on Monday to ride, and the lovely Lindsey and Aimee came over to watch.

It was dressage day. Hard to follow up that xc clinic with dressage, but damnit, we need to do it. And learn to do it well. I ran out of magnesium for Bacon, so she was extra twitchy and snorty, but that has also kind of been her whole spring this year. I wasn't sure what kind of horse I was going to have under me, but either way, it felt great to be back up there.

She was a little distracted at the walk, and she is always bored starting with it, so she always tries to find other things to look at. We also were trying a new bit, a knock off Sprenger loose ring with a bean. She was quite fussy in the bridle for the whole ride though, with lots of head tilting and locking of her jaw.
Hey look, the hunchback of Notre Dame is still around.
We moved into the trot, and she felt pretty nice. A lot of the bend we had been working on was gone though, so there was a bit diving around on the forehand and shoulders not quite cooperating. I had to use some bigger half halts to get her attention, but she was still moving out pretty good. The canter was much the same, filled with nice moments and some not so nice moments. Aimee snagged some pictures of us, and we looked better than I  thought we might. But I am sure she deleted all of the ugly ones.

Another thing both friends noticed was my right side always pushed further over. Like I am consistently riding on my right seat bone. I tried to straighten out, but it was quite difficult. We ended the ride with a stretchy walk and more stretches on the ground. She must be feeling something different this year, as there is more sass and she is moving around quite a bit more. I do think she could benefit from some body work, so hopefully I can schedule that in the future.

I did another dressage school last night, and I was pretty please with the pony. She was much more cooperative to be on the bit, although a little heavy, and seeked the contact out, even with my reins a touch long. I am sad that I didn't have husband take pictures or video. She was more responsive to our trot-canter transitions, and we even tried a simple change in two steps. I have never tried a simple change like that, so that was pretty cool! I was pretty proud of my girl and gave her a nice and easy ride after she made it nicer for me.
Wiping off the drools

19 comments:

  1. Question.. I've been thinking of adding magnesium to my horses diet because he has been a total fruitcake lately.. where do you get yours from?

    Thanks! :)

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    1. Excellent question! I recently tried the magnesium from Performance Equine Nutrition and was pleased with it, but it is a tad expensive. It was hard to tell a difference between it and Magnesium 5000 (can be purchased from SmartPak and some tack stores carry it) and other people have even had luck with Remission Hoof Supplement. The biggest kicker is giving it long enough for it to make a difference, and I certainly think it doesn't hurt anything. The Performance Equine site has all kinds of awesome info on how magnesium works in a horse's body, so I would recommend giving that a read :)

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  2. Your dressage has come so far, you guys are really looking like a team in the black tack!

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully some day we will look like you! And next step, dressage saddle that fits!

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  3. You guys look lovely. I think Bacon is gorgeous!

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  4. ME? Delete all the ugly ones? That doesn't sound like me at all. ;-) You guys looked great. It's a whole new year with a whole new Bacon.

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    1. Who knew She Sizzles also meant there was a hidden dragon under there too.

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  5. bacon is sooooooo cool, im jealous. you guys look great!

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    1. She really is cool. I am very lucky!

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  6. Looking fabulous! Fancy dressage pony!

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  7. oooh she looks lovely in those canter pics!!

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  8. wow, she looks great doing the dressage!!

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  9. Gorgeous! I love the trotting pic of Bacon really stepping under herself

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