Today was supposed to be a jump lesson day at 3:30. So I did some errands this morning, cleaned the house, caught up laundry and dishes, and went to the chiropractor. And then Jacel said that she had to cancel. Poo. Oh well. It may work out just fine after all. I tried to see if Rana could fit me in today instead but apparently they are putting up the arena wall and so there is no riding today. She said it might not even be done by Thursday. So... if Jacel teaches Thursday, maybe I'll just end up jumping then. And.. the dressage arena's are closed for Ashland's show on Thursday so if I do ride at Ashland, it'll have to be trails, XC, or stadium. So... we shall see. Of course the weather may put a damper on everything.
But anyways.. we ended up still going to Ashland but did some dressage instead of jumping. I figured that it would be wise to not jump in case we jumped Thursday and Sunday and there wasn't anyone around. So we did dressage. The arena was a bit smooshy in spots from the rain but not too bad. One of the Ashland guys was working at the water spigot so Dan was super distracted in the beginning, but.. he eventually got over it and focused and we had a good ride. We ran through the 3-1 test and instead of doing the 10 meter circle, crossing the diagonal and doing a flying change, we did a 10 meter circle, canter half passed and then did a simple. Except the first time we did it we did a partial change. But the second time it was a good simple change. We had some super extended trots. Like, I think, legit extensions, not just mediums. And we had some decent canter half pass. We even held the counter canter figure 8 haunches in twice. But man it needs more practice. That is super hard! We played with counter canter on the rail too. And then we finished with 10 meter canter to walks to the other canter down centerline. It was fun. I think Dan likes that game.
We started with a lap around the small lake and finished with a lap to the big lake. It was bone chilling cold! Only like 50 degrees, but so damp. The rains coming tonight. So we didn't spend too much time farting around. Plus it was getting to be "quitting time".
Oh... and ha ha! This horse... He cracks me up daily. This was how I found him this morning..