Everything is quiet in Rio land lately. The rain continues to fall in Texas this week, but not quite as frequently/intensely as last week. Although the ground is already incredibly saturated, our arena seems to be holding strong and we are still able to work, thankfully!
I hacked yesterday morning, and although I wasn’t 100% satisfied with our trot work, the canter felt great. I think Rio was just a bit wiggly in the trot because he hadn’t been turned out yet that day (and no night turnout the night before due to the rain), but he was trying to be a good boy and he keep it together. His trot is usually super rhythmic and feels like it’s on auto pilot lately, but on other days he can trot around like a drunk 5 yr old. It is so funny that I can’t help but laugh when he gets like that. It is like he has temporarily forgotten that he is a GROWN horse and not a baby anymore. I guess that’s 7 yr olds for you!
I am looking forward to a lesson this evening, and then another on Saturday. The rest of the barn leaves for a show in Houston on Monday. Rio and I will be joining, but not until the following week. I just can’t swing 2 weeks with my work schedule and other non-horsey commitments, plus I am pretty sure my bank account would have a heart attack.
Also on the docket for this weekend is body clipping. I am dreading it, but it must be done. I am not that great at it, so I need a bit of time for it to grow-out before the show and hopefully camouflage any imperfections. Don’t worry, I will take before and after photos, so the entire internet can judge my clipping skills LOL!