First weekend at the new barn was lovely. We had a nice, rolling canter in the big grass ring with the wind blowing and the reins loopy – enough said, right?
That being said, Texas summer is here and it is already sweltering. Saturday was a high of 97 and Sunday wasn’t much cooler. It’s the time of year where I need to plan my weekend schedule around riding in the cool hours of the day, and not whenever I feel like it. This weekend I totally failed at that, and therefore rode 30 minutes top and ended up with me and my horse both a sweaty mess.
Saturday he was still a little looky at everything, so I threw him on the lunge line for 10 minutes before I got on. The barn was empty, so it was a great time to get him desensitized to things. He was missing his RF shoe, but wasn’t off at all so we rode WTC in the dirt jump ring basically just to get him out and listening. Got a lovely, lovely canter which I thought was a fluke… because I just lightly two pointed with my reins loose and he cantered happily along with his head relaxed. After our ride, we rode around the property past all the previously scary pastures and I could tell he was really settling down.
Sunday is lesson day at the barn, so when I got there mid morning it was packed. Got Simon out, and he seemed chill/exhausted/partied too hard. He’s been transitioned to what should be his normal turnout situation – out back in a medium sized paddock with a big warmblood gelding named Oliver. The weekend feeder told me she thought Oliver was alpha (big shocker here), and I noticed some bites on him Sunday but nothing I wouldn’t expect from a transitional period.
The farrier had tacked on a shoe for me (he may be my new favorite person, that was so nice to do on a Sunday!) so I felt fine riding in the grass ring while lessons were going on in the dirt ring. Since Simon was so chill, I hopped on without lunging for the first time and felt like I had my 100% normal chill OTTB, yay! I’ll spare you the boring details of our ride, but it involved a lot of sweating and another lovely canter… maybe not a fluke after all.
He has his first training ride today, and then I’ll ride tomorrow.
Now a question for all you fellow tack ho’s – what would you do if you ordered a new pair of stirrup leathers and your flat length was 2 holes from the top? I got the SmartPak 54″ lined stirrup leathers, and while the quality is decent for the price they seem sooooooooo long. I must have been riding in more like 50-52’s before, but the only options SmartPak has are 48″ and 54″. Without any stretching or thinking about jumping length stirrups, I only have 2 holes to go before I need to punch them. So I don’t know whether to just deal with it because they were cheap or return them while I still can and see if the 48″ is do-able. I’m 5’8″ – had no idea these would be too long!