We used the four days of the Thanksgiving weekend to ship the horses to Stepping Stone Farm, one horse each day. It’s not everyone’s holiday, but it works for us.
Days 1 and 3 were Milton’s turn. On Thursday, we worked on our own with the long lines. On Saturday, Milton had a groundwork lesson with Coach Courtney. I rode a little each day.
A very little.
Between the time off for Nationals and time off for bad weather, Milton and I have backslid. Before Nationals I was riding in the big ring, cantering, and riding at home, although not all at once. Now, all I feel up to is riding him at a walk in the round pen. OTOH, I *wanted* to ride him at a walk in the round pen. There was a time when I was dubious about riding him at all. Once I’m on, I usually squeeze in a bit of trotting. I may have cantered a few steps as well. Still, not my boldest hour.
One of the
problems issues features is that I am trying to give my driver more time with his horse. I rather monopolized Milton over the summer. So I ride less often, which is fine, but that means progress is commensurately delayed.
Milton and I are slowly going somewhere, not sure where that is yet, but somewhere.
Thank you for reading,