Sigh, it has been a challenging few weeks. The Mid-Atlantic region has been coping with copious amounts of rain after a dry spell. We were run out of our fall beach week 2 days early because of a nor ‘ easter, only to come home to a rainstorm and another nor ‘ easter. Thank goodness Joaquin decided not to pay us a visit.
The foggy photo was taken the last morning before vacation. Ike must have thought that he was expected to come with us because he avoided all interaction with me. I didn’t push the issue, gave all the apples to his brother, screamed goodbye, and headed down the road for a week. Did he learn anything from this? Probably not, but he came right to me when I returned, “Hi Mom! Come see me! Do you have treats?”
In the few rides that I have squeezed in between rain events, I am feeling confident with our First Level work heading into the last weeks before the finals. Someone read my blog post from 2 ½ years ago titled “C is for Canter, P is for Patience” just the other day. It was a good reminder of how far we have come with our work. Back then we struggled to stay on a 20 meter circle. Ike resembled Scooby Doo on more than one occasion. Our walk and trot work carried our scores. I can proudly say that we have now seen 7’s and 7.5’s in our canter work later this season. Real evidence of progress!
Our Second Level endeavors are also coming along. Even Ms. C was pleasantly surprised with our turn on the haunches. There is hope for us yet. I am pretty certain that our scores for the movement could finally exceed the 5 ‘s that we received earlier this year. We have scaled back our simple change schooling until after the finals. Ike sometimes offers canter when I want trot…honest mistake, but it would be costly in our finals class. The changes are coming and we will be ready in the spring when the plan is to go full Second Level. (It would be the first time EVER that my season didn’t involve Intro, Training, or First Levels. I feel like a big kid now.)
In other news, we have added an adorable Husky cross to the family. Lena is a five-year old from our local SPCA. She is a lovable doll who just today barked for the first time since joining the family. Briefly considered bringing her to the fall show for the doggie costume contest, but decided against it since she has yet to be introduced to the equine side of the family. Better to wait until she is more settled. They can be a bit overwhelming the first time.
Sorry for the delay posting since our return. I started drafting this last night and lost the post. Not sure where it wandered off to, but I hope it finds a happy home like Lena did.
Fingers crossed for some sunshine this weekend!!