|and i use dik dik pics as emojis|
I aspire to be honest in this space, so without saying anything negative about past four legs, let's just agree that the level of explosiveness I have dealt with in the winter especially took it's toll on me.
In a twist I hadn't thought about, I really don't ride in the indoor arena at all except in the winter after work, when I am usually alone. And the weather is bad.
Which means I'm addressing demons I'd completely forgotten about.
With a four year old.
Who has limited buttons.
|sometimes you gotta gallop for SEVERAL STRIDES|
That has made the past couple of weeks interesting in that WOW I did not realize how far behind the curve I am mentally.
I think the whole thing shows up in an even more ridiculous light because of how completely and utterly non-plussed Zoe is by all of it. Like. I mean. The indoor arena footing got redone. There are now dressage letters on the wall and (gasp!) a black mark where a tractor tire grazed the wall. Most other horses in work are apparently losing their shit over the offending mark.
|it's over there somewhere|
And has ZS Zoebird so much as batted an eye?
She has not.
|oh look a mildly interesting tarp billowing in gusting wind|
What's more, I'd say she's been foot-perfect indoors, but that would be leaving out just how incredible the little lady is. Not only have her feet been perfect, but she's totally willing and on-task and just... wonderful.
I mean, I gush over her, but that's because she's pretty freaking amazing.
|also totes adorbs|
I certainly have my issues to sort through and I will, but they're the sort of thing that take time and patience and repetition, which again, is fine. It's just not the best for advancing Zoe's training, because she already understands how to toodle around on a long rein while mom remembers how to breathe.
|meme via Courage Has Opinions|
I was planning to stick Zoe in pro training starting next month, but our trainer had room in her schedule to start this month. It's turning out to be a great arrangement--Zoe gets competent, focused rides twice a week by my trainer. I ride on the weekends and as I have time during the week. If my brain needs to toodle or do groundwork or whatever, it's fine because I know the training is still happening.
And the less pressure is on me, the more I'm able to pull it together and actually have a good time. I'm learning that when I ask Zoe to go, she puts her little head down and just motors and you know what?
|closest thing i have to riding media right now haha|
It's pretty damn fun.