It’s been very demanding around here lately so I haven’t had any time to ride until today. Dusty surprised me, yet again, by standing like a statue at the mounting block not even twitching a muscle. As you all know she has been less than accommodating during her whole career at the mounting block. I don’t know the reason for the sudden change in her attitude but I have a few ideas.
I’m most likely overthinking this but it could be that she’s simply tired because the entire herd has refused to come in lately. They seem to be enjoying the cooler weather and choose to stay out overnight. Or perhaps she has decided to behave herself because it’s time she started acting like the mature horse she is. I’ve also been trying out my “just get on with it” attitude. Having a positive no nonsense approach at the mounting block might be helping both Dusty and myself. Or could it be that we’ve been riding in the outdoor arena instead of the indoor. It’s possible she feels more confident outside. After all, who wouldn’t rather be outside enjoying this gorgeous weather. Then there’s the big “what if” as in “what if” she’s just setting me up for a big fall? Like I said I’m probably overthinking this new behavior of hers but whatever her reasoning is I’ll take it!
We had a short but good ride. The temperature started out in the high 50’s then warmed up to about 65 by the time we were done. She exceled at walking with a picture-perfect bend. Her transition to trot was spot on. We only worked for a short time on circles and figure eights. For the first time in her life Dusty was actually sucking wind and seemed tired. Not her usual ball of fire and hell bent on getting where she was going in a rush. I attributed it to her having a full winter coat with the warmer temperature and possiblybeing tired. She did have a sweat mark under her saddle. Luckily, I had her favorite treat, an apple, to reward her for having to cart me around for a few minutes.
All in all a very nice ride with a lovely horse!
Until next time
Quote for Today
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.