I am NOT going to Florida this winter and I couldn't be more excited! The reason? For one, Barbara is. She has been working hard and is ready to show her stuff on the winter circuit. I am jealous that she will be enjoying warmer weather, but this trip is well deserved! Second, I am staying behind. That means more horses to ride and more students to teach, but that also means 2x the opportunities to improve a horse or rider.
When Barb comes back, the horses will be so fit and loose she won't even recognize them ;)
Here is to a lot of lovely, long days in the saddle... and being able to engage my core in my sleep.
Pass the Icy Hot.
I couldn't resist the PURPLE woof boots for my gelding. They match his purple Rambo... and the whole outfit makes him look a little like a grape (especially standing next to his green Rambo wearing, 18h+ turnout buddy).
Photos representing the outfit (below) were "borrowed" from a website...
I am trying to make it a habit of renewing my memberships on January 1 (if not sooner) for the upcoming show season.
I have never found winter gloves that keep my hands warm and are thin enough to ride in. Right now, I either double up my summer Roeckls or wear thinner glove liners under a pair. I am about 1 week away from ordering a pair of those battery-powered, heated glove liners. Hopefully, they won't electrocute me!
Teaching dressage has many advantages. One of the most helpful to my riding is the process of having to explain the aids necessary for a movement.
It is essential to our riding that we know the aids for a movement, why we are using those aids and how they differ from similar movements.
I am not naming names, but I might ride a horse or two that some would call "spooky". You know the horse... they trot by the same shadow 4 times and on the 5th time, they won't go by. The birds are scary when they are flying or sitting or chirping. When riding a spooky horse, we suddenly become aware of the coat someone left in the ring or the loud sweeping of the aisle.
Many people have asked me what "look" I like at shows, from saddle pad color to when to start wearing a top hat. Below is a list of suggestions:
Monday if my day off. It gives me time to catch up on emails, scheduling and paperwork. However, with the cold weather this past weekend, I am feeling a little bit of cabin fever! I need to resist the temptation to work the horses, since they did work through the weekend (though it was very light work) and take my day off!