Keepin' It Fresh
Dino and I have been at our new barn home for nearly a month now, and we're slowly starting to get back in the groove of riding on a regular basis.
The early darkness and poor footing of winter are no longer obstacles, so I've been getting to play with my favorite pony a LOT more, which is awesome! Our biggest challenge is proving to be exactly what I thought it would: keeping Dino's work ethic at an acceptable level even though we have to ride in the indoor just about every day. The other night he had his first truly cranky ride in the indoor, and even though it didn't devolve into a full-blown pony'tude tantrum, his bad attitude drove home the fact that Dino needs a LOT of variety and time outside the ring to stay happy in his work. Nightly dressage schools in the indoor is just not going to cut it for him this winter.
|No matter how great the outfit, the indoor can be BORING.|
And of course, taking the time to do all of these different things with Dino instead of working hard every ride is teaching me more about how to let go and listen to my partner, which is always a good thing!