The day started out quite foggy and cold. I know, I know…the cold comment is relative…it was cold for California! We bundled up and headed to the stable.
Everyone was packing up and heading out to the Burbank show. It feels so weird to be left at home as the trailers leave the yard. Our horses are feeling well…finally. The boys are 100% and Fred is almost back to normal. So it’s a quiet, work at home time for us for this show weekend.
We worked all three horses and then the afternoon was a visit with Dr. Paul McClellan. He’ll update our passports and get our export papers started. The process of organizing the trip home has started.
Today again we’ll work on the homework Shannon left us with from Tuesday’s lessons. The boys are tired so it’ll be a lighter day for them. The plan is to give them all Saturday off and we’ll head to Burbank to cheer on Shannon and Odie and the rest of Team Peters. The weather promises to be sunny and warm so we’ll be breaking out the sun screen!
Only in California...Zen Boxing...the heavy bags are hanging from trees in the yard.
Another wonderful day ahead,
We’ve had a full week of rain in San Diego, which makes for an interesting week of working all the horses at Arroyo in a 20 x 40 covered arena. First off I have to say how grateful we all are at Arroyo to have a place to ride in the rain, as many places in California aren’t set up for this kind of weather. As well, it is a great opportunity to prepare for the warm up ring at shows. At Flying Colours we get spoiled because we often ride by ourselves in the arena. The result is we forget how to successfully navigate a busy warm up ring. The horses and I definitely got lots of practice this week!!
There was a big cheer today as we watched Kate and her staff start to take the tarp off the main arena and begin to prepare the footing for us to be able to ride in on Monday. Both horses and riders are starting to feel a little cramped and will appreciate a little more room to work next week.
With limited space to school this week, lessons with Shannon focused on the basics. We also took the opportunity to work on my seat. It is amazing how small changes in how you use your seat and core can make a world of difference in how the horses go. This is especially important on Lance who is such a big elastic mover but also very sensitive. If I am not in total control of my core and seat, the gaits are not always as rideable as they need to be for Grand Prix. I find honing in on how effective I can be as a rider so intriguing and both Shannon and Vickie are very gifted coaches in helping me find my way. I’m one lucky girl!!
Shannon has some seriously shiny boots!!!
For years everyone has been asking her how she gets her boots show ring ready and now she is sharing her secrets with us in a great boot polishing kit.
Check out Shannon’s website www.showringshine.net. I’ve used her Show Ring Shine polishing kit and my boots are looking better than ever!!