Getting ready for the holidays/impending vacation has meant rides have been less than…motivating. After Tuesday’s dressage lesson, Wednesday I continued to work on those dang downward trot to walk transitions and bending at the canter. Thursday I was all, “Yeah, I’m going to JUMP,” only to get out to the arena and find all the jumps were set at cross-rails. NBD, right? Well, a serious lack of motivation prevented me from dismounting and raising them. And I just didn’t WANT to jump cross-rails. So we stood around and taped BO jumping. And that was that.
Friday we had dinner plans, so when barnmates invited me out on a trail ride Saturday, I was all, “Count me in, I got nothing else going for me right now.”
Please tell me I’m not alone in this.
It was actually a lot of fun, as I’d never been to this place before, even though it’s only 10 minutes from new barn, and we stayed out for 2 hours exploring the various trails. Besides some balking at random crap, P led most of the way and we had a grand time. In addition to real trails, there are a lot of fields you can ride in so hello new place for conditioning.
Sunday I had planned on going to a jumper show that was literally 5 minutes from the barn. It’s part of a local H/J show series and they had rescheduled it for this past weekend after SNOWGATE 2017 (aka the invisible snow because it didn’t really happen). They offered schooling until 8:40 and then the show started with 2′ at 9 AM. I lazed about for awhile before heading to the barn, since I planned on doing 2’6″, 2’9″ and MAYBE (ok, probably for sure) 3′, so finally loaded P up around 9:15 and headed down the road. We pulled in and….crickets. Not a single horse or trailer to be seen. It’s a big H/J lesson barn and there weren’t even any lesson kids there. The secretary’s tent was set up though, so I went over and asked if they had cancelled. Nope, just no one was there. She said one person had pre-registered for 3′ and so I could still go in and they would just raise the fences for me but…nah. The jumps weren’t anything crazy, just white gates and some flowers, so at $15/class, it wasn’t worth it. I felt bad, but headed back to the barn and P got an unscheduled day off.
We’ve got 9 days until we leave for a week and I KNOW I should be doing, well, something, but just can’t really dig down right now and DO IT. Anyone else feel like this?
I was hoping to squeeze in another lesson with Trainer J before leaving, but don’t see that happening right now. I’ve got this weird and/or insane right wrist/hand weakness going on right now and am having to fit doctor’s appointments in with work. Plus I have to get my hair done at some point before vacation. That’s definitely a priority.
So it looks like P will get a good amount of time off then BAM! Lesson with Trainer B, Hillcrest CT, and then possibly ANOTHER lesson with Trainer B (if we’re not dead) before he re-abandons us for FL again for another month.
Meanwhile, I’m still trying to decide on BN or N for the CT. The jumper show (that wasn’t) was supposed to be the deciding factor, but alas, that didn’t happen. I’ve been leaning towards staying at BN, but P jumps 3′ over everything anyway (unless it’s higher than 3’…then he overjumps THAT), so I’m not sure HE actually cares. Husband thinks Novice is the way to go (I think he’s just tired of spectating the super low levels), but my
whining point was that we’ve never jumped 3′ in a competition. To which dear Husband used my own pictures against me and said, “He DOES jump that high in competitions, the jumps THEMSELVES just aren’t that high.”
I mean, fair point. But I’m still undecided.
Now I’ll leave you with my dirty, yet still adorable, pony P being just adorable.