However, Shar was out of town, and I'd told her I do the evening feeding, and it was only noon-ish. So I had a LOT of time to kill (or a lot of gas to waste, but I opted for the former). So I tried the new saddle on Arya again. Still not too sure about the fit--really need to sit in it and have Shar help feel how her shoulder moves under it. And probably vice-versa so I can feel it myself as well.
Then I put the new boots on her front feet--I wanted to let her run around in the arena with them on, both to see how SHE reacted to them, and to see how well they stayed on. I grabbed my new dressage whip and Arya, and headed to the arena.
So yeah, a boot came off. But I put it back on and made sure to do the hoof strap tighter the next time, and it didn't come off the whole rest of the day, which included more galloping, cantering, trotting, and even stepping on it with her other foot.
She was FULL of beans (and piss and vinegar), and ran around for quite a while (with a bit of encouragement from the lunge whip, but seriously, I prompted her to move, but she chose the speed, and she chose FAST. And has been living with and next to Arabs for too long, as her tail and her trot really evoked that breed more than the Mustang she is.
|Selfie with a kiss! (She actually let me sit there and love on her for quite a while)|
|Okay, so show me how this works...|
So, by then it was still only like 1:00. So I took Arya to the grassy patch in the front yard to graze while I groomed her a little more thoroughly--I don't comb out her mane and tail very often, so I did that. She had the weirdest crusties in her tail--I'm not sure whether it was dead skin that flaked off in a HUGE chunk, or whether she actually lost patches of live skin with the hair attached, but it was REALLY gross. Ugh.
I let her continue grazing while I read the instructions for the heart rate monitor (but without a saddle to attach it to, I didn't actually use it yet). I let her STILL continue grazing while I prepared a few weeks worth of feed baggies (her breakfast--a little pelleted feed with vitamins and salts). Then, it was the funniest thing, as I came out to grab her and put her in her pasture, she actually headed to the gate ahead of me! Smart girl! I put her away just as it started getting even colder, so I finally gave up on killing time and headed into the house and watched TV for a while.
Shortly before dark, I fed all the critters (one dog, four cats, and five horses), and as I was finishing up, got rewarded with this view:
I hung out in the baby's pasture, scratching him (seriously, he blisses out SO hard, we really need to get a video of that!) and watching the sunset for a while.