Awareness of the outside world. CETI: The CETI scientific team collaborated to develop a scientific roadmap, Cetacean Translation Initiative: A Roadmap to Deciphering the Communication of Sperm Whales.
Achievement: unlocked! Clear – 16 NSN rides. Grey – 7 rode, not NSN. Stripes – 7 no ride.
What I learned:
+ Don’t wear slippery riding tights.
+ The slick Wintec saddle may be part of the reason I don’t feel like dropping my stirrups with Rodney. Not an excuse, but a contributing factor.
+ Practiced dropping stirrups & picking them back up. Also, this means the horse learning to ignore the rider fishing around with their feet.
+ Lost momentum mid-way through the month. I know I can do it. I know riding without stirrups is good practice. Not with this horse.
+ Keeping track of our rides showed me that while we don’t do much on each ride, we do ride often.
+ I found retrieving my stirrups to be harder when they are short. Dunno if it is objectively harder, i.e. less room to maneuver or because I’ve only recently raised them. I can certainly tell they are shorter when I go to mount up. [Speaking of Stirrups, Up They Go]
+ It’s all about the horse.
NSN: 16 days. One day during a lesson with a school horse, trotted. Fifteen days with Rodney, lots of standing, a little bit of walking, no trotting. In order to do *something* I practiced picking stirrups up without looking.
Rode: 23 days, out of 30. Sixteen NSN. Seven did not: forgot, tired, rider not feeling it, or horse not feeling it.
Non-riding days: 7 days. Three days off. One day for shoeing. Three days groundwork/handwalk.
I wish I had done more. At least I did this.
Stay safe. Stay sane.