~You must always do the thing you think you can't.~
~Kathleen Harris 1910~
I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I haven't ridden a horse...mine or anyone else's...since before Thanksgiving...slackin'...big time.
And my horses and myself will end up with the short end of the stick.
Somehow, I have a really hard time gettin' my motivation back up after the holidays. This year has been the worst ever...and Gus is so far behind from where he needs to be for this summer's futurity it ain't funny.
If you were around last year, Colt came up with a pulled tendon from playin' in the pasture just when I was going to put him back into training. This time it's just me gettin' in gear.
But, the weather's been cooperating and my round pen is usable...I know...it's a lot more than most of you can say with feet of snow and ice. So, I feel for ya...and, I really do consider myself lucky!!!
I'm gettin' the wheels in me turnin' again.
|Look at me!!! I'm back in training!!|
Last week, all the boys got wormed...yesterday the wind was blowin' 40 mph. But today...the sun was shinin' and it was a good day to get started...so we did!
I just let Gus do a few laps in the round pen first off, then took him into the barn to get brushed and saddled. He was perfect.
Back out to the round pen to free lunge him...he had a couple of humps, but I really don't think he can buck (knock on wood). He just settled into listening to me. I attached the line and worked on moving him across himself left and right. Had him stop and back with a wiggle of the line...he didn't miss a step.
All I can say, is that I'm glad he's smart and remembered everything from months ago!! Way to go Gus!
I threw Colt into the round pen for a few laps too and he's ready to be saddled and ridden...I can't believe he's a 6 year old this year. The plan will be to ride Colt 'n pony Gus to get some legging up and get their cardiovascular going again...they both ran out of air quickly. I've got to build them up. We'll be doing a lot of long trotting up Anderson Valley Road and back.
OK...I'm ready...bring it on (well, between taxes and ag surveys) LOL!