The next few posts are probably only going to be short updates as well. It’s going to be 90 degrees or higher for almost this whole week. That is freaking insane. Isn’t it October? Isn’t it almost Halloween? WTF California weather?! I won’t be riding much if it is that hot. It’s uncomfortable and not fair to either of us. Also, my parents are coming into town this weekend so I most likely won’t be getting any weekend rides in either.
I got out early on Saturday and Sunday to try and beat the heat. Early for me isn’t all that early. (8-8:30) but on a weekend? Yeah, that’s early.
Saturday we worked a lot on circles while warming up. I’ve noticed that we have had an issue of speeding up the last 1/3 of the circle and I have been trying to fix that. Half halts sometimes work but lately, most of the bad work has been because I haven’t been able to get Scarlet to focus his brain on me. It’s hard because I have used a lot of my tricks I normally used to get him to focus and he either still ignores or gets really upset because what I’m asking is harder for him. I need to try to find more tricks to get his attention.
We hopped over some of the jumps after warming up. They were all quite low Xs and it was very easy. Scarlet got very excited and started to charge the jumps. We were heading into a four stride line and he just blew right through me. I hauled him to a halt before the second jump and made him back up and trot over it. The next time around, he listened when I asked for a half-halt and kept his pace much nicer. It was great to see him actually listen.
To cool down, I practiced my two point at the trot. It’s still soooooo hard to do. I kept touching the saddle at 40ish seconds. Then, I managed to get one of 1:53 seconds! I was so tired by that point because I’d been working on it for probably close to 10 minutes that I let myself fall when I got there. I kinda wish I had forced myself to hold on for 7 more seconds to make the two minutes. Next time!
Sunday, I got to go on a trail ride with K and her horse. Scarlet was very aware and tense when we started out. He didn’t ever fully relax while we were riding but he seemed to relax somewhat. We did a huge hill up and down. So good for his booty! And then we were heading to do another trail out. I had Scarlet’s nose stuck in K’s horse’s butt and he had been doing great. Then Scarlet planted and spun around. He was not going forward. I couldn’t get him to turn around and go back. He just kept spinning in a circle and moving sideways. We were close enough that K escorted us back to the barn and then headed off on her own. I wasn’t upset with Scarlet. We had ridden for 45ish minutes on the trail. We had crossed a road and rode most of that on new trails. It was a pretty good ride and I think that if we were able to do this more he would relax faster.
He was really sweaty so I gave him a bath and let him dry while eating his grain. After he was dry, I gave him a modified trace clip since it was going to be so hot and he already has a fluffy coat. He stood really still, which surprised me. I’ve never clipped him beside his feathers but I think the person who had him in between me did it a lot. I’ve also never clipped any horse more than the feathers. I have sheared sheep and I have to say, horses are soooooo much easier.
My results…. well I did fantastic on the left side and the right side I seem to have lost the ability to make a nice line. But Scarlet won’t care about the look and I’m not showing so I don’t really care.