I'm not dead, I promise.
Life is currently haywire. I work in the defense industry as a pricing analyst (it sounds much fancier than it really is, trust me). In my company there are two pricing analysts. One went to Vegas and ended up in the emergency room with a perforated colon. One stayed home and now has to do all the work. Guess which one is me?
I've been spending a little time with the ponies.
Last week I finally did some work on shimming my saddle - got in just under the wire on that part of my August goals! It's not perfect but I think it lifts my saddle more off Bleu's shoulder. My saddle is build for my brick-house QH mare. While the spring of Bleu's ribs is enough to support the middle and back, her narrow, rotated shoulders are trapped by the super-wide gullet that fits Cricket's linebacker build.
I took a Centered Riding lesson on Bleu last week. She did fantastic. It was only the third time I'd ridden her in a bit and the first time I'd done anything with real contact. I think she liked it . . . a lot. We worked on balancing Bleu and getting her to move her body with more nose-to-tail connection. She is very strung out and Mimi gave me some ideas for helping her use her body better.
I've not been following a regimented clicker program with Cricket. I'm just not focused enough. But I have been playing with it. We've been doing some liberty in the arena and having a blast. The other night, I had Cricket in a lovely canter circle game - all her idea. Did I mention the arena gate was open? And that she actually spiraled in towards me rather than heading for the great wide open? Love that mare! She tried to give me a FLC on a change of direction but got tangled up (she made the choice too late) and ended up bucking up to sort out her feet. She also did some lovely trot sideways towards.
So for now it's hit or miss with getting horse time and, unfortunately, hit or miss with getting to blog about it. Maybe in the coming weeks it will settle down. As it's Government Fiscal Year end, I highly doubt it.