|Cassy and Henny |
Gwyn had been put out in the paddock close to the barn in anticipation of me riding in the clinic. This proved to be less than ideal since her buddies came to her and that was novel and she was excited.
|Faheed is a photogenic gelding and KNOWS when you're taking pictures|
|That heel first landing is aces, tho!|
Thanks to her gallivanting about, I put her in the cross ties earlier than I intended but not too early. I took my time getting ready.
|BO Allison and Sunny|
I did a good walk warm up and Gwyn was moving well to my senses. Ralph had me give him a brief history of me and Gwyn and what we wanted to focus on. I told him what we've been struggling with and some recent things that seem to help (namely, focusing on weighting my stirrups evenly despite it feeling off kilter). He had me pause and walked around Gwyn and I, had me lower my left stirrup one hole.
Suddenly things felt better. It was SO strange.
But then, as we picked up the trot in front of the clinician, he thought she was stepping weird. A bit more confirmed, she was NQR in the hind end, on the left side. He felt on the inside of her leg and found a huge knot in her muscle.
|As demonstrated by the arrow and grumpy face|
|Getting dizzy watching her footfalls|
|We take breaks to watch the deer|
|We treasure the sunlight we do have, coming into our short days and rainy season|
|Spots make for easy relocation of where to massage|
|I got Henny snuggles while I learned|
|Henny tried helping|
|Late night barn time when you work over 40 hrs a week|
|I spent a lot of time grooming her because it was warming me up and she was just SHINY!|
So I hope this works. Because I'm hoping to take more lessons and clinics through the winter. And I'll make sure to advocate for things to be gentle with this in mind.