A four day weekend was much appreciated this week. Let me just say, I’m on some hella strong medications that are doing some wacky things with my emotional state and making me utterly exhausted. It was nice to have such a long stretch for relaxing without too much on the schedule. Shit felt good, y’all.
Thanksgiving was low key. We cooked a fabulous vegan spread of Gardein Holiday Roast, garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberries, stuffing, crescent rolls, and pumpkin pie. It was marvelous, and just me, my husband, and my best friend Caitlin. It was fun to make traditional Thanksgiving foods without the animal products, and I’d definitely do this whole thing again (and maybe invite a larger group of folks with open minds!).
Rosie had her shots on Wednesday, and was seriously zonked out through Saturday. My trainer says that the strep/strangles shot will do that to them. I came out on Saturday and lunged her, and she was so sleepy that she didn’t even want to lope on the lunge line. I was sure that her trainer rode her the day before, but apparently not! We decided to make it a photo opportunity day, and my friend took some pictures of her and us. 🙂
Today I had a riding lesson and it was my first one in a few weeks. It went pretty well, though Rosie was better during warmup than she was when my trainer arrived to instruct us! Go figure. I was trying to just lope without setting her up for the departure so much, but going left she still wants to take the wrong lead and/or swap into the wrong lead. My trainer says that I’m leaning to the outside too much and I need to put more weight in the inside stirrup. That feels so unnatural for me, so I definitely have something to work on. Otherwise, she was great. A bit spookier than I like, to be honest. I had her on SmartCalm supplement for over a year and recently took her off of it for money concerns, but I’ve decided to add it back in. It feels like it might actually take the ‘edge’ off. She’s not a hot horse, but sometimes she gets herself worked up about things she hears but can’t see. I know that’s a common horse thing, but I suffer from a bit of lack of confidence and if SmartCalm helps so be it.
Lately I’ve been really missing English riding. Dressage in particular. The problem is that my horse has only been ridden in reining and I have no idea how she’d do with that much contact in the bridle. I mentioned this to a couple folks at the barn and they look at me like I’m crazy. But growing up, my best friend rode her Quarter Horse in dressage and had fun. Aren’t AQHAs supposed to be versatile? Is it really that weird that I want to see how Rosie would do with dressage tack? She moves totally on the forehand with her head too low (which I’m working on) and doesn’t have much impulsion or forward movement, but isn’t dressage supposed to help with that?
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