Terrible weather, lots and lots of rain. I feel quite put out. ;)
I schooled Kip in the indoor arena today, not wanting to ride out in the rain, and he was both amusing and frustrating. He anticipates more than any horse I’ve ever had. He’s such a worrier, and you can feel him thinking “Does she want this? We usually start leg yielding at this point in the warmup, so when I round the corner, I’ll start moving sideways. Ack – that wasn’t what she wanted…now I’m getting tense, let’s try something else.” I keep trying to tell him to wait, just wait for me to tell him what I want. When he keeps offering different things, he gets more and more tense. On the other hand, in a different mood he’s entirely capable of knowing exactly what I am asking of him, and refusing to do it in complete pig-stubborness. I can never do anything in sequence, or he’ll start anticipating it, and I could never practice tests on him – he’d learn them immediately.
I totally *heart* my Isabell Werth saddle. I hadn’t realised how much I was fighting the crappy eBay saddles that I’d been trying to ride in. Everything is coming together now, and Kip is going so much better. It was impossible to stay balanced on a very clumsy, unbalanced, on-the-forehand baby when I was also fighting badly designed saddles that wanted to throw me forward or back. This feels soooooo good. :)
Ok, lunch and then shopping…