The month of July is underway and it has been a hot one thus far. It hasn’t stopped me from riding, but the length of time I typically ride is severely curtailed. Just can’t seem to get motivated to ride more than 30 minutes when the sweat is pouring down into my eyes. And who doesn’t love pulling their helmet onto their head and realize that it is still soaking wet with sweat from the day before? Awesome.
July also means the reappearance of the flying green beetles and an unidentified flying bug that typically hovers about a foot off the ground until it decides to dive-bomb the horses when they happen by. Just like the cicadas, these bugs apparently have poor maneuverability and often run into my helmet or the horse’s neck. Horse flies have also made their annual debut. You know they are present when you see one of the horses bucking around their paddocks. A few of the horses also utilize the stop, drop and roll technique – I guess they are hoping to squash the offending fly during the roll. Can’t blame them.
Although our rides are short, I have no complaints with Ike’s work. Ever since we purchased a larger bridle and changed the bit, our work has progressed more rapidly than I could have ever anticipated. Ms. C continues to school our shoulder in, leg yield, and walk-canter transitions. I attempt to replicate the work when we practice on our own. I’m still learning not to shoot Ike to the moon in the walk-canter transition. We don’t really have a canter-walk transition to speak of…we still need some trot steps or we practically fall flat on our faces. We have even played with shallow canter loops with limited success. Some days Ike can hold the canter through the loop, other days we falter before we make it back to the rail. It’s all good. I’m just so tickled with what he can do and how hard he tries to please.
We don’t have any shows scheduled until next month. We have our entries mailed for our last three attempts at qualifying for the regional finals. Can it really be that hard to achieve at least one more score of 63% or higher? Keeping my hopes up that we will.