In which Fiddle and I return to the arena for a lesson
|"Back in the 'rena again!"|
|Dory usually works us to a hard sweat,|
but today's lesson was easier on the muscles
and more strenuous for our brains
1. Keep her forward in motion and forward in attitude
2. Work her lightly and evaluate her recovery from the tye-up.
Since Fee doesn't enjoy the company of other horses in the arena, I started with nearly 60 minutes of solo warm-up before anybody else arrived. We mostly walked, with a bit of trotting and LOTS of bending.
She had two tiny rebellions, about two strides each, and then decided on her own to cooperate with me. Hooray for a cooperative Dragon!
After Hana and Duana joined us
she lost her concentration only briefly, and then we went back to bending and stretching.
Then, it was time to work:
|learning to extend the walk...and then REALLY extend the walk|
|extend...then collect...then extend...then, at the trot|
we were actually better at the trot than the walk, because
face it: we are really good at trotting!
This has been a huge issue in the past--one that we hoped would be "broken" by moving Hana to Fish Creek/Fat Camp for a few months. So far, so good!
And best of all, Fee moved forward with bounce (whenever I didn't impede her with my ineptness!) and peed a lovely yellow lemonade-colored urine when she was done. In other words: her recovery is progressing nicely. Whew.
After the lesson, the puppy:
|Dory named her "Poppy", which suits her perfectly|
|Rhetta is Poppy's new BFF!|
If you worry about the puppy and the pibble, you clearly haven't spent enough time watching Dom's blog and Erin's blog--and you definitely needs to see this PUPPY LOVE video, featuring Herbie the pibble and Jabby the standardbred.
But, then, we have a video of our very own, featuring Poppy and Rhetta! Goodness <<--our lives have it.