Weekly mileage is down, as expected, due to some much-needed RAIN coming our way twice this month! Two fast rides (6.7mph), but mostly around 4-5mph.
– Weather permitting, one 8+ mile ride weekly, aiming for 12-15 twice in March if possible.
– continue experimenting with Myler combination bit
– focus on riding balanced even when fighting her for forwards
– work on Confetti’s confidence when taking 9 out for a solo ride
What was I saying about the rain? Oh, right.. we’re getting it now. Not enough to flood the barn, but quite a bit of rain.
My goal for Tuesday was a brisk ride before the rain kicked in the next day, knowing this would probably be our last shot with the dam down. As luck would have it, my Pony Club friend was willing to head on out, so we did a moderately-fast ride out to the deck (3 miles, 33 minutes, hills!) and a slower ride home (45 minutes – on par with my semi-normal) so the horses could cool off. Normally her gelding goes even faster, but he’s a bit out of shape and settled for a sedate canter/brisk trot rather than a gallop/fast canter on most of the hills.
I bought a Myler combination bit and new snap-on headstall to go with. I was reasonably confident my halter-bridle wouldn’t have sufficiently short bit attachments; that was correct. It’s frustrating feeling that I’m constantly pulling on Confetti; I don’t want to be hauling on her to get half-halts when she’s forwards. The combination leaves me ever-so-cautiously optimistic that we may have found a compromise.
I do think I had the rawhide noseband too low in this picture. More fiddling required.
Also: the bit came without a chinstrap. Hooray for hoarding tendencies, where I had a pink curb chain that fits nicely!
Expecting similar this week, but we’ll see if I luck out and the rain lets up enough to let the trails dry for a ride.