A Deep Breath

I’ve mentioned it before, but I feel as if we’ve been on a warpath this summer, one show a month for the past 5ish months.  It makes for a lot of fun, but also a lot of pressure.  Since we have a month or so until we even think about showing again, I’m loving the chance to just have some fun and enjoy my pony.

Step one: Put bonnet on hunter pony because it’s just too cute.

Dawwww!

Dawwww!

Step two: Get entire arena to yourself on gorgeous summer weekend

She's so fun to ride, when she steps out like this!

She’s so fun to ride, when she steps out like this!

Step three: Love pony’s ridiculous swingy trot.

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Step four:  Compromise with overeager pony who wants to canter around like a bay freight train…

Awkward picture, but check out how well she's reaching through with her back end.

Awkward picture, but check out how well she’s reaching through with her back end.

Not great contact, but she was so happy and forward.

Not great contact, but she was so happy and forward.

Because at least she’s being an uphill freight train. 

Uphill (at long last)

Uphill (at long last)

Overall this past week or so has been great, but strange in many ways.  Without an immediate ‘test’ in sight I find myself a bit at odds with what to do with myself in the saddle.  So I decided that basically I’m taking a deep breath, and letting O do the same.  I think it’s going to be really good for us!  Everyone needs a chance to reset mentally!!

8 thoughts on “A Deep Breath

  1. Everyone sure does! When I want to give my ponies a break and avoid cooking their brains, but not by giving them time off, I hack and hack and hack. They love it, and once they’re not terrified of everything anymore, I can relax as well.

  2. sounds super relaxing! little breaks here and there are so critical. what’s the harm in a little ‘not great contact’ when the horse is so happy and forward??

  3. I’m the same way – when I don’t have a specific goal/show/project to complete, sometimes I find myself at a bit of a loss of what to do! Which probably tells me I should take a leaf from your book and just take a breather.

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