Holiday Perks

During on of our hill walking sessions.  Bright, early and COLD.
During on of our hill walking sessions. Bright, early and COLD.

I’m sure all of the full-time working riders out there feel the same. The best perk about the holidays is having all the extra time off to go spoil or ride your horse.

O has seen so much of me this week she is probably confused, but I love it.

We’ve lunged, ridden, taken walks in hand, trotted hills (in hand), and groomed like crazy. It’s been awesome. Here are some pictures from this week.

Hilly success.
Hilly success.

I’m very lucky to have a horse that will walk/trot in a near perfect circle around me most of the time. However, this week when we were free lunging O must’ve been either really bored, or feeling adventuresome because she took herself over a little vertical a few times without my guidance. It cracked me up, and I just stood there in the middle taking photos while she did it. I even tried to make the vertical more unappealing by added a funky pole. No luck, she trotted straight to it, slowed to a walk, stepped over and continued her trot circle after. I took it down completely, and she continued to trot over the poles. Someone misses her job! Or at least that’s what I’m going to call it.

Deciding she wanted to jump a bit.
Deciding she wanted to jump a bit.

Ignoring my attempt to make it less appealing.
Ignoring my attempt to make it less appealing.

After I dismantled her jump, she resorted to pole work.
After I dismantled her jump, she resorted to pole work.

The other really exciting news was that after my trainer (who hasn’t seen her in 3 weeks) saw her go this morning was THRILLED and said she looked 100% sound. I’ve been cleared to start canter work with her! Just one lap for the first few rides, and slowly adding more. I’m very excited, and a bit anxious. Hopefully she will continue to get stronger and show us how sound she can stay. Woot!

More things to be thankful for!

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