Back from the convention

So Annie had 6 days off while I went to the USEA convention in Texas and learned a lot about showjumping course design. Jay was taking care of the pets, while I was gone and they all (and he) did great.

I groomed her and tacked her up and put her on the lunge line. She was quite rambunctious on the line! Six days off will do that. She was kind of a cheeky monkey when I went to get on, not really standing that well and even backing up. So we had a discussion about that and came to an understanding. Once I was on, she was forward enough, but not through by any stretch of the imagination. I just kept sending her forward to the outside rein and changing direction and she did come around quite beautifully.

We were cantering over poles on the ground and having an experience of it. She is learning to adjust her stride, with varying levels of success. She actually had one refusal at a pole on the ground which I was not expecting! The distance was wrong and she didn’t know how to fix it, so she ran out. I actually think this is a good thing, because now she is at least seeing when the distance isn’t going to work. Now the next thing to do is for her to figure out how to fix it.

All in all a very good day.