Thursday was another torture session with the Chiro but he'd forgotten his "tool/torture device" in Brenham so I was treated to a full manipulation with just his hands. Sounded less painful until he was talking about getting his hand between my scapula and back. Huh? That... shouldn't be able to OMG IT JUST DID! So yeah, sore in ways I'm not used to but also looser. *lesigh
So I believe I'd ridden that Thursday evening but then skipped Friday to be a mom and go to football practice instead. It was also my birthday but then that somehow meant we just ran around town at 8:30pm after practice trying desperately to find football things so P could actually PLAY in the game the next morning. I don't know how people function without knowing things ahead of time.
So a few days off for Grey horse and then we had a lesson with Amanda on Saturday. It was midday and freaking hot, but its Texas so do what you gotta do. Grey horse sweats like a fiend and is in good shape so I wasn't worried about him. Me is always another story, but I sweat balls too so whatever.
The plan THIS time was to try something sticky since his pad combo had worked so well at Lurena's. I had been whining to Jeannette at the barn THAT morning about not being able to find my Ecogold pad and obvs I'd left it at the barn and someone had scored a great deal. Although I doubted anyone would want the silly thing and it's really not like me to not put things up. Like, REALLY not like me. So stomping around in my trailer, I went to grab a Roma Impact Pad to add to my nonslip pad and lo and behold - I SAW THAT MESHY BLACK PAD!!!! So I decided to use just that and a piece of KT tape and roll the dice. Check it out though!!! # lookinglegit
I didn't want to mess with the breastplate issue (one thing rubbing at a time pls), so I grabbed the NEW Figure 8 noseband and frankenrigged my second hand bridle that I bought with him for the noseband. I knew from Thursday the thing would fit him, but the fit was weird looking for me so I cheesed out and asked Amanda for help.
LOVE HAVING A TRAINER TO HELP ME!!
Seriously, it saves so much time from fitting it, trying it, fitting it, trying it, fitting it, horse flipping out, fitting it, trying it, etc.
So now that Grey horse looked the part, we had to settle for me getting on him and wow. I should have ridden Friday. I was stiff all over and knew my back wasn't going to work right for a while. So naturally I apologized to Amanda in advance and started to warm up. It didn't go too badly and I did make and effort to just ride how I wanted rather than waiting and I think we clicked pretty well. Left lead canter didn't appear to rip his flesh off under the saddle and we didn't slide all over the place like we were on ice so that helped too. Someday we'll get this damn teamwork down.
Oh wait, its only be a handful of weeks, never mind!
The lesson commenced and Amanda didn't start us out easy (whoop!). We started over a vertical maybe and then right into doing a line that built on what we did the week before. Oh and there was an oxer in the line. I tried to just not think. Seriously, my brain is such an asshole. On pass one, we got the job done and I recalled about half my duties as a rider so that wasn't too bad or flailing. After that, it turned into me controlling my tired shoulders show and figuring out how to ride my horse. Most the time he and I agreed on distances so that was easy, it was when they were long that we had bigger issues as he actually listens to me and I'm not too worried about long distances/short distances/just get over it distances! so yeah, we worked on our stuff and me doing my things.
Part of me is really glad distances weren't hammered into me as a kid, but part of me is also sad that I never actually learned these nuances. My eye is great, don't get me wrong, but when I KNOW we're off I'm a bit like uhhh.. leg? Unno. Eventually the horses learn enough and I guess they do it? It's a bit too ESP for my current taste so I'm glad we're doing all this work now. Sidebar: I also went back to watching my old videos this weekend with my old mare to see if I dropped her at the base of fences like I seem to want to do now and I think the "issue" then is she was such a beast in general that I never HAD the chance to drop them? It was more like hold steady and just let her do her thing. I don't recall EVER putting leg on her but if you watch our warmups, you'd see why leg wasn't a requirement o.O BEASTMARE!!!!
So yeah, remedial learning is pretty cool. We ended up doing a decent course with a nice in and out at the end and yeah. It was good. I need to be stronger naturally but that'll come in time. Grey Horse is a great horse and I love that he knows his job and is willing to put up with my shenanigans in the meantime.
Also, Amanda mentioned that he looked like a Simon. That was my original name idea when I brought him home but knowing SO many Simons, knowing OF so many Simons, and people telling me THEY know so many Simon's makes me go ughh.... but she's right. He IS a Simon and whatever. I had a RPG character I loved with that name and I'm going with it.
He'll still be Grey Horse at the house so yeah ;)
Also, as I pulled the trailer out, I recalled my wayward dressage whip out in the pasture and decided to find it (DID!). As I walked back to the truck I paused to look at the jumps and... decided to see how high they were. We used to do this after lessons in high school (trainer never told us heights, just to JUMP THE THINGS) so we'd go out and giggle over what we did. I rode with 40+ year old women so yeah... we rocked :P Most of the stuff today was about 2' or so but the oxer was somewhere in Starter/Beginner Novice territory so not bad for our what, third jumping session together?
I also sent off my Pine Hill GAG Schooling Show entry. I'm the man, I know ;)
Oh and the pad + KT tape worked well (not perfect but well). Keeping on with the search but EcoGold looks to be good for us. #champagnehorse