|"Mellon" Still handsome at 24 and deserving some face time.|
Now that it’s almost the end of July and we have one more month of summer coming in August, I sit back and wonder where the time went. Once again I feel as if I’ve really gotten nothing done with the horses this month. If August should turn out to be as hot as July, nothing productive might be happening next month either. After this miserable month of record-breaking temps and humidity I’m hoping August will cool off a bit and enable me to get more productive with the horses.
This weekend I managed to groom and saddle Dusty and give her a lesson at the mounting block. I know we’re taking it slower than is recommended for this particular training lesson, but she’s down to only needing to be lunged once for swinging her butt out or taking a step sideways before she gets the idea and stands quietly, so I think she's catching on. She looked like she didn’t feel up to speed on the lunge so I decided not to ride. Her stride was a little short and it seemed her hind end was not quite right. On Sunday I didn’t even bother to saddle her, but just had her stand at the block quietly while I lay across her back or stroked her neck. She’s starting to get the whole concept. Unfortunately, again, due to time constraints I can’t work consistently with her and I feel that is holding us both back.
So the grand plans I had for this summer to ride Dusty and Blue and advance their training and mine have fallen by the wayside. I’m hoping the coming month of August will be more rider-friendly than July was.
On another note, I wonder how everyone else manages to get in two or three rides a day when I can’t even find the time to groom or lunge one horse a day. It shouldn’t be that hard to find the time to ride more often. Should it?
I could use some tips from my blogger friends on how you manage to find riding time.
Until next time
Quote for Today
A little horseplay... the way best to enjoy a summer day!