It appears that summer has finally reared its ugly head in the Oley Valley, although the heat and humidity are expected to break tonight. This week has been hot, muggy and buggy, but there are ways to work around it, which is what I try to do. Since the entire summer has not been like this I think that while that is great, it also makes us more vulnerable as the temperatures climb. The worst for me is when my horses and I are sweaty from just the preparation to work! But it doesn't keep us from our job. The work out is just modified.
This is the graft site. Nothing has changed since the start of using the surcingle.
Suki marched out to the arena with the wind in her mane. The swirling leaves did nothing to distract her. I worked her through some nice, sharp transitions. The arena footing was nicely spongy after last night's rain. Sophie and Pete trotted across their field for breakfast, and Suki responded with a breathtaking passage. Yes, I could have corrected her and pushed her forward into a working trot, but who am I to disturb an artist at work? Moving off into a medium trot, we continued our work. Something caught her eye in the adjacent pasture (perhaps she had not fully regained focus!) so Suki squealed and channeled her inner Lippizaner and performed a capriole! (Jenny used to do this on the lunge sometimes when she was excited. Must be the Ramiro bloodlines that they share!). THEN she settled back to work.
Post work Suki was quite smug. Gotta love a diva and her confidence!