Thursday it finally cooled down enough that riding wouldn’t be absolutely insane to do. So I went out. And I realized I pulled a 7 year old horse out of Scarlet’s stall. I hadn’t ridden in 5 days so I knew he would be a bit excited but come on. I have a senior horse! I’m not expecting this level of excitement.
It was fun though. He was really up and forward. I’ve been working on applying forward forward forward and not using my hands to pull him back to me. That plus his energy from not getting out for five days made a really energetic ride.
I didn’t have a problem with his speed until I wanted to try to time my two-point. Getting up into position too my weight off his back and put me slightly more forward. This signaled that it was time for him to just run at the trot. It ended up being a lot of me circling him and giving him corrections while trying to maintain my two-point. I did manage to get 6:12 for my time but that was definitely harder than I thought it would be. The pace of his trot also threw off my balance some. I wanted to try to stay up for more but my hamstrings were so tight and complaining that I had to just stop and stretch my legs.
Friday, I had run earlier in the day and was very tired when I came out to ride. Scarlet was still energetic for the ride and I decided not to really try for an overall better time for two-point when I couldn’t maintain for more than a minute. My legs were tired and wanted a day off. So I just did short bursts of a minute-ish of two-point while trotting over some poles and cross rails. It was overall probably around 10 minutes of two-point but it wasn’t as difficult on my body as holding it for that time. Still good practice though.
Saturday, I had planned on getting out in the morning but my husband and I went to go see Kingsman 2 around noon so I changed to the evening in order to fit that in better. (Great movie, definitely recommend) Scarlet wasn’t as energetic with everything but another person had her two Arabs exercising in the round pens by the arena. As Arabs do, they were running around and snorting, tails up. Scarlet was a little looky due to that (Obviously they see something you don’t mom. I’m just keeping an eye out for the monsters.) But he was very responsive overall. After most of my warm up, I stopped to chat with her and we talked about Arabs and their personalities for a bit. Scarlet got lots of praise for his looks and his movement. (He is gorgeous but I’m obviously biased so I love when other people compliment him as well.)
He and one of her Arabs got to say hi to each other and Scarlet was not happy that I insisted he continues working when the other horse was walking away. We were cantering though so he got over that quite quickly.
Completely warmed up, I again tried to get more time for my two-point final time. It’s so hard to hold it for so long. Scarlet actually trotted at a more sane pace for the most part. I had a couple of false starts but ultimately held for 7:30. Lots of circles, a few change of directions and so many rounds of the arena. It’s definitely getting a little boring. Unfortunately, I’m doing all I can to just maintain the two-point after around 3:30. After 4 minutes, everything is just pain and breathing while focusing on staying up. This challenge is really helping me improve my time but I need to keep it up after the month is over. I need to be able to actually ride while in the two-point as well someday. I’m going to continue trying to improve over the next couple of days so I have the best possible time for the final day of 2pointober.
Coming up, November. I have a lot of things going on in November. Horse wise, I’m going to be trying to do no stirrup November. But my main project is something else. I will be participating in NaNoWriMo. The goal of the challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I’ve been participating for 7 years now and I’ve won the challenge two years running now. Recently, I just finished my novel that I started last year’s nano. I’m very excited to see how my writing changes for this nano. My primary focus writing wise will be getting 1667 words or more written a day on my novel. I don’t know how many posts will get up in November for this blog. I will try to update, even if it is just a little. If anyone wants to join me on the quest for 50k words, you can add me as a buddy. Its free to join and a lot of fun, even if you don’t win. My username is Tymesplit.