Yeah, that didn't happen.
She started well in the outdoor arena, although her trot felt a bit pogo-sticky. But in a good pogo-stick way - kind of bouncing me high out of the saddle at a very forward posting trot. Her breathing was great and there was no coughing.
Then we picked up canter. And she was in that mood that once she's cantered, she can only canter. It's not a good canter either - it's a short, tight, erratic canter. Can't trot, sometimes can't walk, only canter.
|From a video this winter.|
Plus my girth needed to be tightened, and I didn't want to get off and back on to do it since there is no mounting block in the outdoor ring. I almost got it up a hole while mounted, but then she moved, and since the saddle is newish the holes are a bit tight so the pin just wouldn't slip into the hole.
|Self-imposed rollkur through downward transitions.|
|Ooh - look at that roundness!|
She's usually very lazy for this type of thing - she's not going to put in more effort than required. Not today! There was self-imposed rollkur, strike out's with front legs, and her version of a buck which is a hind leg towards her ear (don't ask). For the most part I sent her out and just stood still while she was silly around me.
|The kick towards the ear. It looks as awkward as you think it does.|
|Jealousy from her neighbours while hand-grazing.|
|Cleanish tail. Needs another washing with the good shampoo to get that yellow out.|
Guess I'm going to have to try to ride her more. I hate to complain that my 15 year old horse is feeling good!