I only rode 3 times last week (I know thats sad, considering I finally have 4 of my 5 week day evenings free). Monday it was just too damned cold and I had only brought a sweatshirt to wear to the barn (poor planning). I went to visit G and groomed and gave candy and kisses. Tuesday it was rainy, so I skipped the barn all together. Wednesday I finally got my butt in gear and tacked up. Granite was exceptional. He went through his paces really well. Our canter transitions have gotten so quick (when, just a few months ago, we had none at all). We went over a cross rail and did a set of 5 trot-poles twice, without hitting ANY! He finally knows where his feet are!
Wednesday, I learned that I was a finalist for that job. There are 3 of us and we each interview next week on a different day. Mine is Tuesday, from 9:30am-3:30pm!!! I have a meeting with the City Manger, a panel interview, a mock press conference in which I will act as the City Spokeperson, a lunch, then a writing assessment! I have to study a lot about the current state of the City and be prepared for a billion questions. This will be JUST what I need in the middle of packing for a move, 6 days at home/holidays and moving... But, its a great opportunity and I think it would be a great career move for me if I were to get it. Keep those fingers crossed!
Thursday was my Town Meeting (2.5 hours.... and the case was tabled!). Friday, I got to ride again. Another perfect ride. We cantered a trot pole and Granite did so well with it! I was really proud of him and keep thinking about what a great horse he is turning into. I am so proud of the big guy.
Friday night, TK hijacked me for a date night. He took me to dinner at a little local spot, then for a drink at the bar where we had our first date, then to see a movie. It was fabulous and so sweet of him!
Saturday TK and I went to the barn. It was freezing (Granite seems to enjoy the cold as opposed to heat however). Granite started of alright and even got pretty good. He jumped a few cross rails then went back to flat work. Then, we hit a wall. I asked for the trot (our trot transitions are still a bit sticky) and he stopped. I asked him to move forward and got NOTHING. The I asked him to turn-- still nothing. I finally got a walk then a trot. Then as I walked him out I asked him to move faster, and he stopped again. And would. not. proceed. at. all. It was reallllly frustrating. I'm hoping he was just tired and annoyed and that we won't have that issue tonight. But, it was a good reminder that we need to master the basics before going to far forward (we've been working on simple lead changes and cross rails). I think tonight, I may not even canter. I may just trot transition him all night long. That will either improve the issue or frustrate him further and lead us down a negative path. I will have to react to his reactions in order to try to create a positive lesson.
Any way, please enjoy TK's skills as our paparazzo.
my favorite image captures (he is stretchy and relaxed)
my face is saying "good boy"
My kids bundled up for the cold
That dog follows me everywhere.
We got our first snow of the season Saturday (about an hour after my ride!)
TK and I decorated the tree at his dad's shop.