Had an amazing weekend vacation but I’m super happy to be back up behind these ears!
Horses all fed. Now to go home and finish packing for my birthday weekend in DC with one of my best friends! I’ll be back next week, have a good weekend everyone!
I just got a small influx of new followers. :o
Also just so you guys know I will be out of town from tomorrow through monday, so I won’t be posting!
The easiest thing you can start doing is working on your cardio by doing some walking/jogging/running. Try and set aside 30 minutes to walk/jog a day. Intervals would be great to really jump start your cardio, so you can start off perhaps doing 5 minutes of brisk walk, 5 minutes of jogging, 5 minutes of walking, etc. until you hit 30 minutes-35 minutes. There are also a lot of great exercises you can find online to do with some 2 lb or 5 lb weights at home to focus on certain muscle groups as well.
Another thing a lot of riders really find useful is starting some yoga or pilates. It can really help with flexibility and muscle strength and you can find DVDs to work off of or there are usually plenty of places that offer classes if you prefer to have an in-person instructor and group atmosphere.
The hardest thing will be making yourself keep up with it. It’s so easy in the first week or two to slack off and not push yourself, because usually the beginning is when you get most sore! Always try to do at least a LITTLE of something every day and give yourself one day off. Try to alternate exercises and do jogging on day, weights the next, yoga after that, etc. It’ll keep it more interesting and keep your body from getting too overwhelmed with just one type of workout.
Yeah sure, I’ll do my best. :)
I still really want to get Annie’s lip tattoo as a tattoo on me. I originally wanted it on my inner arm but that’s a really bad place to get a tattoo of letters and numbers, tbh. So I’d probably get it on my collar bone or on the back of my neck.
Anyone up for a little #tbt?
I think I might’ve been 11 or 12 in this photo? The horse is a black Thoroughbred mare named Nyssa! She evented through the preliminary level then a freak accident in the barn where she broke her hip limited her to low level dressage. I leased her for quite a bit and really loved riding her!
cutie after her ride today.
I think we’ve officially had a breakthrough.
Trot > canter transitions are so, so much softer and relaxed and prompt. Not quite balanced 100% of the time but WOW so much better. Annie seems to do really well with having 4-5 really intense rides in a row then having two whole days off. Then when I go back to ride her after those two days off it’s like she’s completely internalized everything from the previous rides and is SO much better. It’s weird, haha. Before her days off this time we were really honing in on those upward transitions being soft AND prompt and today they were a piece of cake! I think my biggest fault is not following through during the transition and leaning a little forward, which is throwing off her balance. I also need to really remember to RIDE EVERY STEP of the canter because she can be really balanced and up in front of my leg but only when I help her out. If I stop pushing her up there for even a stride she struggles to maintain the balance on her own still. But she’s really trying too!
I warmed her up today in the big jump arena then walked over to the dressage ring and did all her more intense work in there. She’s always a little more sharp and sensitive to my aids in there which is good and bad. It means I need to be even softer to help her stay relaxed and stretching but it is a bit easier to get things done because she responds to my aids more promptly. We went through some first level movements and figures today since I’ve decided to probably enter her in First 1 for the show and she really stepped up to the plate. Her trot lengthens were spot on, she did her 15m canter circles much better than I anticipated and I think if we continue working on them she’ll get them down in no time, and her canter lengthenings were also much better than I was expecting. She came back to the working gait much more easily than the last time where she wanted to stay on the forehand and just run through my aids.
All in all I had a really good ride today and it was relatively brief because she was so spot on! We’ll do more of the same tomorrow as well and the same on Friday morning before I leave for the weekend. She’ll have a couple of days off, but I’m not particularly worried about that. It’ll be a nice little break for her before we get back to prepping for the show.