Well it's nearly the shortest day and I'm sitting here at work typing this (ssshhh don't tell my boss LOL) in a sleeveless top and no shoes. Hahaha.
Yesterday we headed out - me and the two big boys, to Waimarie. It's a 20 minute drive away, and an arena and stables based at a vineyard (Nobilos for those of you who know NZ wines). They were taking some of the vine covers off (they are white) but my horses were not too phased.
It's nice going there - albeit an effort to get ready, pack up the float, load the boys etc, but it's nice because I can use their yards which look out over the arena and the horse I am not working with can still see us - or eat hay - or look at the other horses (in Garbo's case) - they were mares!
I started on the ground with Garbo - he was a little alert but he was pretty good at listening to me so I hopped on. We went straight into follow the rail - Game of Contact - yay I remembered to follow the rail.
Michelle told me that I stiffen up my lower body and shoulders when I pick up the contact so I had to really think about still moving my lower body with the horse once I was taking contact. As well as everything else lol.
Funnily enough - I ended up with a sore back, lower back. Linda said on the course that where ever you end up sore, is where you are stiff and holding. aha.
These pictures are not perfect but the thing I like is that his ears are forward, he has a happy expression on his face. We both really enjoyed it! I went right round the outside of the arena and even though there were sheep and horses and vine covers - Garbo would sometimes look up - and I would ask him to think about something else, and he would forget about what he was distracted about - which was awesome.
I then got Maraschino and he was on tip toes snorting as we went down to the arena - happy to stay he stops now rather than runs.... so the grass was definitely the Extroversion I was noticing. He had never been in this arena before so it was ll new - all sorts of things in there, plus surrounded by sheep and horses and bushes, sprinklers etc.