It would be getting routine except that once again, next week will be time off for the horses. Bad weather is rolling in on Sunday and next week the highs are going to be in the 20s. No riding for me.
Today, however, I rode in a T-shirt and hoody.
Nina was very good, very relaxed. Yesterday she was a little grumpy, today she was quite cheerful.
AND we managed to not get whacked in the head by the carrot-stick wielding NH guru who rides with the damn thing, swinging it over her head and chasing her horse through turns by whacking him on the shoulder.
She is a menace, but Nina and I just kept one eye on her and were able to stay out of her way.
Nina and I have been working on getting a nice forward trot from a halt by starting just a few strides from some trot poles. She has figured out that she is supposed to stretch through the poles and not mince along so she has to power up from a halt to make the striding work with only a short distance to find her rhythm. She seems to think this is a good game and gets better each time we do it. Today she was bouncing in place, ears pricked at the poles, waiting to be told to go. She is so enthusiastic about anything that hasn't been ruined for her, it is such a shame that no one took advantage of that attitude instead of, apparently, trying to beat it out of her. But then we would never have met so I guess it turned out well for me.
She is making such progress, I wish the weather would hold. But at least we are having several nice days in a row and then a few days off in a row. I guess it is working out fine.