Rosie and Bonnie so far have not shown any signs of Strangles and neither has any other horse in the barn. The infected horse is improving daily.
Now that it's late fall and I'm pretty much out of daylight when I get out of work my goals and sessions with my girls are changing and I've been doing some thinking of what I want to accomplish next spring/summer/fall with them.
I will be taking a riding break to let my body heal. I've been riding (against orders) with the 3 lower disks in my back compressed and man let me tell you, I'd rather give birth again then have this pain. I've promised myself only light riding on weekends weather permitting, no more slamming through two horses an evening 3 or 4 times a week. Until next spring that is...
I want to get Bonnie's canter back to a canter. She's doing a funky crooked almost gallop thing now. I'll be using my surcingle and homemade balance rigging system. I use polo wraps instead of ropes, and it looks fairly "redneck" but it works. However I just checked Dover and they have their basic system on sale... hmm...
I want to get Rosie cantering... As of today I can only get her into a canter down a very straight line (side of the hay field) and it takes an unbelievable amount of energy from me to make it happen. If my surcingle fits her she may get some work with it too.
Bonnie and I will be working on desensitizing so she'll be an even better babysitter for my youngest son. I'll also most likely be shopping for a smaller seated Western Pleasure saddle for both my son and myself to use.
My main focus with Rosie this winter is patience and respect. She's made HUGE improvements since a year ago but still has a long way to go. I'm also going to get the
Now the end goal of all of this. I've got the "Show Bug". My entire childhood from age 8 to 18 was at a show every weekend. After doing English Pleasure with Bonnie, and Dressage on Karaat, I'm ready to get back into competition.
While I can show Karaat anytime, and I'm extremely grateful to Jodi for letting me ride the big guy and all the lessons she gives me, I want to show my own horses.
I don't know, I just think there is something to be said for training and showing your own animals. Bonnie has a great foundation of training and she will try her heart out for me. Rosie ~ well all her training is of my doing. The good, the bad and the ugly. I'm going slow probably much slower then any real trainer, but I want confidence and intelligence from her. Besides anyone can crank a head down and force a horse in frame. It takes skill and hard work for a rider to put a horse into frame with their seat, hands, and legs without using the bit.
So if I get my way, and new tires for my trailer, next spring will see me back in the Dressage show ring with one or both of my mares.
But for now I'll leave you with a show picture. I call it "Praying to the Diet Coke God":