Today will be our sixth ride back.
While I've said that he doesn't seem to have lost a lot of fitness, I'm also still trying to take it slowly. I'm not so good at that. My goal was to gradually increase the workload until our ride time and distance were approximately the same as it had been before he had a three week vacation. And once we reached that, we'd start jumping again. I miss jumping.
Even our baby cross rails and verticals. Miss.
But I'm also trying not to be sloppy about bringing him back. It's not just the quantity, right? It's the quality of the work. So he's being asked to work harder for shorter periods of time. I've gotten really complacent and lazy since I lost my trainer. Settling for "meh", because meh is easy and I'm lazy and sometimes, I just don't feel confident enough in myself to ask for better. Then, of course, this was compounded when I lost OR and TE. Do you even realize how important it is to have people around that bolster and encourage and just silently hold accountable? Is this why I sat in a pasture for three years, trotting in circles and scared to death of the canter? Because it was just me and I didn't have the gonads to do better. Even if they never said, hey, how's that outside contact on the bend going?, just watching and being around other riders made me want to ride better.
So here's part of me asking for more from him, Wednesday night. I call it "swishy tail."
|Not 100%, but I think all four off the floor.|
|Definitely all four off the floor. Also, pissed off pony.|
|I love that I still have issues with my right side being higher than my left.|
|Just wanted to show how far he was reaching.|
|Swish, swish, swish, little camel.|