Riding has been at a virtual standstill because of the nonstop rain showers. [Insert face with tongue sticking out.] While I do realize that Ike and I will not have any major breakthroughs in this week before the finals, I am sweating the fact that we’ve been doing next to nothing but dodging raindrops and brushing mud off Ike’s legs.
Saturday was no different, but the rain was more of a constant mist than raindrops, so I tacked up Ike for a soggy lesson. Ike was a trooper as was Ms. C. I struggled to see where I was going because of the rain on my glasses and had to trust that Ike would not allow us to run into Ms. C or the fence. We worked on a steady, rhythmic connection at the walk and the trot. I opted not to canter because of the mushy footing; no point pushing and risk injury. We thought that Ike was moving quite well. As long as I can control my nerves and remember to ride to my hands, we should be able to hold our own.
In other exciting news, Ike and I have a visitor from the northwest. His name is Walter the Show Poneh who is the unofficial mascot of the Horse Junkies United (http://www.horsejunkiesunited.com ) website. HJU is a collection of bloggers who come from all aspects of the equine world. A while back, I was asked to blog as part of the HJU site, so many of the posts from Ike’s Centerline Adventures get reworked and reposted there. It is exciting to have Walter here in Virginia to accompany us to the regional finals. He is a very well traveled poneh who has had the privilege of meeting some of the top riders in the world (he has had his photo taken with top eventers Mary King, Hawley Bennett and Sinead Halpin! Go Walter!), and now he made time in his busy schedule to cheer for us in our efforts to successfully show at our first regional final. Hoping that our weather improves as the big week begins so that Walter can actually use the sunglasses he packed.
This week is going to fly by and we will be on the road to Lexington, Virginia before you know it. The vet comes tomorrow to give Ike a chiropractic adjustment to get him loose and ready for our final centerlines of the season. The farrier also is stopping by to check Ike’s shoes and to give us extra Equi-thane…just in case. I’ve already stopped at Tractor Supply for shavings, treats, and show sheen. The packing lists are still growing, but I’ve amassed a lot of what I will need on the spare bed.
Still need to pack the wine.