Because of the test and the crappy weather, I haven't been doing a whole bunch of riding. Charlie isn't complaining - he gets brought up for some grooming, cookie eating, and blanket changing, then gets turned back out. I'm pretty sure that's his idea of heaven. But heaven's about to come to a screeching halt - lesson has been set-up with Amy for next week and Cherie gets to Southern Pines in two weeks. Let the torture begin!
Picture from one of our few rides in the last 2 weeks. Is it just me or does he look furry again? Grrrr....
I finally sold my old dressage saddle - took almost 6 full months but it's finally gone. I find this somewhat ironic as I'm about to put my current dressage saddle on the market. Since I'm not planning on needing it, I figure I might as well move it along. Especially since I don't think it's the perfect fit for Charlie. This one should be a bit easier move as it's a County...any one in the market for a County? ;)
I may or may not have spent the saddle money on the above...oops!
Nadine's daughter, Sara, is home from school for the holidays and I asked her to ride Charlie while I was away at the testing. I got home a bit earlier then expected and snapped some pics. Sara's horse Maggie, is a bit of a Speed Racer so she got a leg work-out courtesy of Charlie. She had a tough time getting him to canter which made me feel better! I think next time she'll take my advice and carry a whip. But he was good and she liked him (what's not to like?). When she comes home this summer, we're going to play musical horses. I love Maggie - she is a phenomenal jumper!
I think this looks like Charlie and Sara are piaffeing...;)
This was after about 3 or 4 days - now, it's basically all spread out and really wet.
I think we established last year that I kind of suck at the whole setting and reflecting on goals (while I set goals last year, I never followed-up) so there will be no goals post as I've decided goals just cause me unnecessary anxiety. I may do a 2012 recap...I should do a 2012 recap...we'll see... sigh. I also want to do some tack reviews as I love my jump saddle and I'm pretty happy with my bridles. Not so happy with my helmets or some breeches.
Sara and Charlie at the end of their ride.