Well as far as I can tell, Mother Nature and the month of June must be having one heck of an argument. I am not sure what June did to piss her off, but someone needs to apologize so that the sun can return. This has been the view from my windshield for the past 3 days.
Needless to say that there has not been much riding this week. I did tack up and ride in the drizzle yesterday for 30 minutes, but once the rain started getting more and more steady, I threw in the towel because…1) I could barely see through all the rain drops accumulating on my eyeglasses, and 2) I really didn’t think it was wise to get a brand new saddle sopping wet.
Sad to think that I didn’t think twice about Ike or myself getting wet, but the saddle will be treated with kid gloves for some time to come. We do not need a repeat of 9 years ago with my last saddle. It didn’t involve rain, but watching a brand new custom saddle get flung onto the ground because your Thoroughbred won’t stand still for the girth is gut wrenching. Four times it hit the ground and at least once it was the recipient of a hoof print on one of the billets. Thankfully, there was no damage but for some dirt. Also, thankfully, Ike is a bit more cooperative during the tacking process.
Our work was decent for what we were able to accomplish. We are starting to school haunches in, turn on the haunches, and the countercanter work for the Second Level Test 2 test. Hopefully by August we will be ready to give it a go. Our turn on the haunches right now looks more like Frankenstein turning a corner and is not yet fit for public viewing.
Hoping for a lesson tomorrow if the rain will end early enough to allow the arena to drain. Otherwise, does anyone have four flippers I can borrow for Ike?