*Warning-post filled with craptacular quality of pictures taken while in a sickness induced haze combined with awe and a general lack of focus. They'd be good if it weren't for that. You can still see how lovely the horse and rider looked together though :)
I have been pretty sick the last few days and just wasn't able to ride Beefs. I feel like a whimp, but it feels like there is a rock in my chest and I can't freaking breath. Just tacking a horse up makes me feel exhausted and cleaning stalls is the absolute worst (I wasn't having to clean stalls until we got more horses in last week). Needless to say, I'm so drained by the end of the morning that laying down is about all I care to do.
Anyway, enough of my whining. Since I haven't been able to ride, I had my friend ride Beefs for me yesterday. She rides hunters and jumpers and is a very good rider. No, I'm not one of those dressage people that thinks h/j riders can't flat a horse (there are all kinds of riders out there that can't do good basic flat work, I don't judge someone by what discipline they ride). A good rider is a good rider and can handle solid flat work. Honestly, I think that a lot of dressage horses could benefit from having a good H/J on them every once in awhile. The basics are the same and they are good about keeping the horse in front of their legs, riding the horse into their hands, and not forcing the frame.
|He looks alot taller without my giant self on him.|
Beefs was really relaxed from the beginning. I thought he might be a little fresh, but he was really chill from the get go. The little guy has gotten so much more professional in the last month, I don't know why I was even worried about it. They walked, trotted, and cantered with Beefs staying through and steady in the connection. She asked if he would be okay with her cantering him in two point. I told her he actually really likes to be ridden in two point so there shouldn't be any issues. Beefs loved it.
|The traitor looks pretty happy, as you can see. He was swishing his tail because of being bombarded by all the nasty ass bugs that no spray on the planet can seem to ward off, but he was definitely enjoying himself.|
|They looked awesome out there!|
|He's finally starting to get some muscle.|