They have a sprinkler system on one zone for the whole arena and the water pump can’t do that. If they had three zones it might work. I have a former boss that is still a licensed plumber….hmm.We received decent rain Saturday though so there was no need to water the arena but there sure was a lot of waiting around and wasted time trying to figure out what we were doing. I groomed one arena and then the next. You start on the outside and then go down the center, then you move to the left of the outside line and go around and down the left of the center line…..circles, circles and the thing ain’t that fast but it was fun. I only did a small retouch after several of the games halfway through the gymkhana.
The rest of the evening I was able to get Dani out and ride her around all the activity. She was pretty alert and several times kept trying to break into a trot. She tossed her head a lot and pulled hard on the reins nearly ripping them out of my hands at times. I tried to do changes of direction, backing up etc. She responded well but it didn’t keep her occupied long enough before she was back to looking around and quickening her pace.
I’m also still having some issues with my saddle. The stirrup turners, I got different ones that stay put, work nicely but I still have my foot falling asleep in the stirrup. The ball of my foot hurts and it just feel really restrictive. Not sure but thinking that an angled stirrup may help? A thinner stirrup more like the English ones I’m used to? Or should I get synthetic Fenders and leathers to ease up on the amount of resistance? I just don’t know what is causing the discomfort. For the most part the saddle feels comfortable in the seat it’s just a lot of leather for the fenders/stirrup leathers compared to English. I don’t want to keep having to try different tack items to find what works. It just seems that my foot can’t find a flat foothold on the stirrup easily without having to push out hard on all that leather. Western fenders have like three layers of leather right at the ankle area, especially when you have them on the shortest hole so perhaps the angled stirrups are the way to go? I guess I can always return them if they don’t, I will read the fine print!
|Not me. This was one of the trainees when I got trained up|
Anyways, sorry for that tangent....I tried to end the Saturday ride on a good note but with Dani trying to trot off or not responding to a stop it was nerve racking. She just needs more exposure to this noise and activity.
So Tuesday I went out and round penned her for a short time then mounted up and rode in there. We trotted a couple times and I posted in the western saddle and tried to keep my cool about it. I haven’t trotted much with her, feel like I need to get the brakes and steering solid at the walk first before progressing. It only makes sense. The round pen trots were fine, not really graceful but I think it’s the way to go as we practice. I then got her out onto the grounds and walked her around. A couple showed up with three horses and their truck/trailer. Cool a little bit of “excitement”. I walked her around and noticed she was still alert, just being in new surroundings was exciting. We did some changes of direction and neck bending exercises. Near the windmill on the property there was a bit of a scary spooky sound and movement of a trashcan lid???? She was nervous about that so I’ll have to continually expose her to that.
|Steve wasn't there to film me in action but next time I'll make |
sure someone does!