So here we are a week away from our departure for the Finals and Mother Nature finally decides to flip the faucet to “gush.” It rained Monday, it rained yesterday, and today, and it doesn’t look much better through Sunday. Super. I suppose I shall either just have to suck it up and ride in the rain, or fret that we are sitting idle.
The weather changes started on Monday with temperatures dropping 20 degrees from the day before. This of course, causes my horses to get a bit keyed up. There was a lot of frolicking, slipping and sliding to be done. Please Ike don’t hurt yourself while acting the fool with your brother. The rain that arrived with the lower temperatures also sent my boys flopping onto the ground like fish out of water. It had been a while since we’d had measurable rain and mud puddles. They couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give themselves mud baths. Nice. Nothing like trying to groom a horse who is slick with mud.
The only sunny day has been Tuesday…and I was stuck in the office. My hereditary Polish luck at work again. Luckily Ms. C was able to put Ike through the paces. She noted that my pieced together bridle is still not ideal so my quest for a bridle continues. Knowing my luck, I will have to spend a good deal of money to find one that fits Ike’s ginormous head.
I tried to ride yesterday only to have the rain start just as I walked up to the mounting block. I rode anyway and finally gave up when I was unable to see because of all the rain on my glasses. Can’t see without them either, so I was doomed.
The farm has also been invaded by a flock of wild turkeys. Needless to say that most of the horses are not happy with these new neighbors. They cluck, they call, they waddle and stare. The horses stare back in horror at the blue, featherless heads. The visitors squeeze between the fenceboards and chill in the paddocks. Yesterday they marched in a single file line in the hayfield adjacent to the farm. Not sure where they were headed, but they moved with determined purpose. It was all I could do to keep Ike focused on my requests. “But Mom, don’t you see those things?! We must head for the safety of the barn now!!” Half halts and quick transitions were my best weapons. I suppose this is good practice for the chaos of the regional finals. If we can survive the turkey invasion, we can survive a show with 400 horses.
And speaking of the finals, they are now real. Ride times have been posted. Sigh, I’m the second ride in my finals class that has 38 people. I will be done just after 1:00, but the class won’t finish until almost 6:00 p.m. A friend and I were discussing the pros and cons of your position in the order of go. The truth is, it doesn’t matter if you put in a really nice ride. Ride your best and let the chips fall where they may. I’ve decided my goal is to beat my best score of the season. Why not aim high?
Breathe, Alison, breathe. It will all be okay.
Do breathe. I agree to aim high. No point otherwise. Long time to wait, but maybe it’s better to have it done. It’s not like in recreational figure skating, where they completely forget about you if you skate first. You are marked against a standard, so….. it should work out.
So looking forward to reading all about it.
(I survived my A and B tests, yay. I ride a lesson horse, and he had been ridden/used in 8 out of 10 classes prior to dressage. He’s 22, and was very tired.)