Endless Winter

Fun fact: on St. Patrick's Day last year in Indianapolis, the high was 77.  Today's high was 37.  Winter 2013 is officially "The Winter that Will Not Die".

Connor was curious when I cleaned the overflow stalls in the run-in shed in his paddock today, but this is as close as the little chicken got!
Aaaahh-dorable.
37 is still not bad riding weather if you've got an indoor, though, and I had two good ones this weekend.  I noticed that I'm not riding the outside shoulder as well as I used to, which is causing him to lose the connection often, especially around corners, so I slowed things down to the walk for most of today and re-established granular control of his individual body parts.  Once I had it at the walk, then we moved to the trot, etc, and the connection was much better.

Yesterday someone left three poles in a "circle of death minus one" configuration in the indoor, so I did that with him at the trot and canter while on my bareback pad.  I don't know if it was the lack of saddle or what, but I had a terrible time seeing distances and got launched all over the place - my fault.  But the nice thing about working jumps or poles by myself is that I can just keep trying different things until I figure it out, and that is exactly what we did.  Good pony.

5 comments:

  1. With more snow on the way and temps in the teens again I agree that this is the winter that will never end. March is supposed to be shedding and gearing up for show season weather, not adding an extra blanket weather!

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  2. So over winter!!! I rode twice last week in the outdoor, just because I could not take the indoor anymore...one evening it started snowing on me :(

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  3. Hate winter! Only in Ky can you wear shorts and a tshirt one day and need a winter coat the next!

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  4. It was 70 here last week, but we had the January from hell.

    Circle of death ftw!

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  5. Love poles for finding distances, it helps me a lot too. You should come live in Texas if you're tired of winter! We were in the 80's last weekend.

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