Christmas has come and gone quicker than ever, and I’m currently one week into my two week staycation. I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas holiday!
This last week was busy, but fun, and it was great to see my parents and spend time with them. It was a low key trip, with only a little bit of tourism. We ate plenty of good food, they cooked Christmas dinner at our home, we drove up to visit the Cabrillo National Monument which has a gorgeous view of the San Diego skyline, and my mom even rode Rosie. (Well, she sat on her while I lunged her at a walk and trot, which was more than enough). My parents haven’t come to see any of my horses in over 10 years, so it was a real surprise that they even wanted to meet her. She was a pretty good girl, except when my mom was dismounting and dug her toe into Rosie’s side. She sort of stepped to the side and then got scared that my mom yelled and she pulled back from me. Luckily, I was able to pull my mom’s foot out of the stirrup and catch her before she fell backwards and the whole crisis was averted. Phew!
Our Christmas day was great. It was just me, my husband, my best friend, and my parents. They cooked a Christmas ham and sides (all not vegan) and we made a faux ham, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes. We also tried making some Amaretto Balls but they didn’t turn out so well, unfortunately. We even got to take a family photo, which is a rare occurrence!
I’ve also had two fantastic lessons on Rosie. I had a talk with my trainer about how I’m not into wanting to progress in reining anymore, and mentioned that I’m interested in maybe riding her dressage in the future. She rode her a couple times in a snaffle and Rosie did great with the extra contact. Now we’re just working on some basics, such as the ability to go from a lope down to a trot and then a walk. Right now, she slams on the brakes and has a really firm ‘whoa’ like a good little reining pony. But if we’re going to ride dressage someday, she’s going to have to have gaits in between! I don’t know for sure what the future holds, but right now I’m having a blast just working on her impulsion, her leads, lead changes, getting her head off the ground while loping around, taking control over her, and my posture. Ugh, my posture is horrible you guys! I sit like a sack of potatoes from learning reining posture, so it’s hard to unlearn it and go back to my prim and proper way of going! Slouching is a huge problem for me no matter whether I’m on a horse or not, but when you have a horse that likes to fall on her forehand….it’s important for me to stretch up and not be on *my* forehand!
We’ve had cooler weather here and we’re expecting rain again for a couple of days this week, so I’m going to try to ride Monday to make sure I get her worked before she gets all cooped up for a few days.
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