Saturday, June 20, 2009

Threatening rain

Today has been grey, overcast, and WINDY all day. According to the forecast, we have a 70 percent chance of rain, with thunderstorms and potentially very heavy rain possible. It certainly seems to be threatening all that, but so far we have yet to see it.

Despite the wind, I got a pretty good — albeit short — ride in today at the barn. Michael came with me to help me put the mini fridge in the tack room (more on that later), and the plan was that he would stay while I rode. Unfortunately, I'd forgotten my camera, so there was even less than usual for him to do. (Because heaven forbid he interact with the horses...) He looked so miserable the entire time that I cut my ride quite short so that I could get him out of there.

I worked primarily some more on getting Panama to maintain a steady pace, first at the walk and then at the trot. It really was too bad that we had to cut the ride short, because he seemed to unexpectedly "get it" right at the end there — our last lap or two around the pasture was virtually perfect.

One thing that I think is making a difference is that I am making a real effort not to just make the same circle around the pasture every time. I figured the best way to keep him from speeding up is to make sure he doesn't always know what is coming next. That way he has to pay attention to me, instead of anticipating what comes next and trying to rush through it.

I mean, I've got to figure — if I get easily bored with "arena" riding (in quotes because technically it's pasture riding!), he probably does too.

We also crossed the practice bridge several times — from the other direction this time, as I wanted to make sure he would do it just as well going the other way. He did, of course! I'm going to have to start stopping him at the top of the bridge and making him go down the other side slowly, though, because he's not controlling his speed downhill and inevitably ends up trotting the last few steps.

Anyway, as I rode over to where Michael was standing and dismounted, I realized how dark the sky had been getting the entire time I was riding. We never did see any lightning, but I suppose with how windy it was, it wasn't entirely a bad thing that my ride was cut short.



At June 20, 2009 at 8:57 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Katharine - Thanks for sending good thoughts and strength my way. I was able to get a lot of work done AND spend some time at the Fairgrounds too. But I got some big winds out there. Looks like we both have storms moving in.

At June 20, 2009 at 10:14 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

NM, amazingly we only got a little bit of rain this evening. I hope that doesn't mean the storm has been postponed until tomorrow. I was counting on tomorrow's better weather to give me some good riding time -- and maybe even an opportunity to give Panama his first bath of the summer!

At June 20, 2009 at 10:15 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

P.S. Glad you got out to the fairgrounds, despite your crazy job. I look forward to reading the story on your blog sometime soon (I hope). :o)


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