Perfect Evenings & a Lesson Update

Now that spring has come to Texas (mostly), we Texans have been lucky enough to enjoy some truly gorgeous evenings. Dare I say, perfect evenings. The kind where the temperature is just cool enough to prevent sweating, but not so cool to cause you to reach for a light weight jacket.You literally have no concerns about being hot or cold. There is a light breeze that moves the fresh air and keeps it from feeling stagnant. The bugs aren’t in full effect yet, so even though they are starting to realize it’s spring too, they aren’t a nuisance yet. The best part about perfect evenings? The soft, golden light. It highlights everything it touches with a heavenly luminescence. I’ll move on now, because I am far from a poet! You get the gist of it.




Unfortunately, last Saturday Texas forget it was spring and at the peak of the day it “felt like” 35 degrees in Dallas. So rude, just so so rude. I had a lesson scheduled for 2 pm on Saturday, and like a  crazy person I didn’t reschedule it. I’m glad I didn’t too, because it was a fantastic ride!


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Apparently I didn’t ride Rio hard enough during our hack last night, because he still had the zoomies post-ride!


Even though it was as cold as a witch’s tit (one of my very elderly patients used this phrase recently and I am enamored with it), Rio was super well behaved. He, of course, came out to the ring very frisky, but Stacie put us right to work cantering on a 20 M circle until the hamster in his brain calmed down and started to focus. Thankfully, Rio is a naturally calm soul, so it only took about 10 circles each direction until he was as calm as cucumber despite the 40 degree drop in temp in 24 hrs.


Maybe we over did the “hunter chunk”? LOL


During the lesson we continued to focus on NOT taking the long spot, even though that is the exponentially easier option. Stacie pointed out that Rio’s weakness is his right side (nothing new there!) and emphasized the need to continue to build up muscle by jumping from the base so that Rio will be able to jump stronger/straighter off of that lead (making for better jumping form). Currently, when Rio jumps verticals off the right lead he tends to not be even with his knees, and he lands more to the right.


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Rio also loves oxers. We are not allowed to practices oxers for the foreseeable future #sadday. Stacie explained that Rio is great at oxers because he is naturally brave and has no problems jumping “out” and over oxers. Whereas with verticals, he struggles to sit back and jump UP over the jump. Let the vertical torture begin!!!


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Meet Harvey, Rio’s new bestie. Harvey lives for the jumper ring with his human, Norm.


Our hack last night during the perfect weather was light and relaxed. Rio did everything I asked. He is getting muchhh better at carrying himself at the canter, and I think I am really starting to get better at remembering to let him. I look forward to Saturday’s jump lesson!


So who else is enjoying perfect evenings?!

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  1. My mind is getting blown that your trainer’s name is Stacie (spelled the same way even) and your horse is Rio. Cause you know, I’m Stacie and MY horse is also Rio. He’s a big dark bay too. WEIRD.
    All that aside, sounds like a lovely time down there. I can’t wait for spring to makes an appearance up here. So tired of it never getting over 44!

    1. Ack that is WEIRD.The universe is a strange place for sure.

      I’m trying to send good weather your way! I think the high tomorrow is supposed to be 87 in the Dallas area!!!

  2. We have opposite problems. I like to go for the shorter distance and get right to the base and my trainer has been working with me to be ok with a touch longer of a distance (I will tend to chip vs press for the better distance if I’m not feeling confident). It looks beautiful out there and I totally hear you on the weather. We’ve been going from snow one day, 80* the next, and then 40 and rainy the next, wash rinse repeat. This Spring has been a weird one!

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