(Old photo of Leah when I was first starting her as a 3 year old. Unfortunately, I didn't keep it going and had to start again. She was in much better shape back then.)
So, yeah, you remember when I said my goal with Leah was to make her softer and happier when I ride her? Well, that isn't going very well.
My plan was to ride her at a walk, stop and massage her, ride some more--end on a positive note. I wanted those sessions to be about fifteen minutes long and then do the rest on the ground--stretching, TTouch, etc.
Today, I went out and worked her in a circle from the ground, something I haven't been doing this month because of the snow. After that, I went to ride her, and she was kind of grumpy and sour (For one, it was raining, and she hates to work in the rain--she's a princess like that, unfortunately), but she was doing everything asked. I stopped for a moment to give her a little neck rub (still on top), then asked her to move out again.
I tried turning her right. Nothing. Left. Nothing.
It appeared her transmission was out.
I looked under her hood--meaning, I analyzed the situation to make sure her legs weren't broken or she wasn't having a heart attack or stroke.
Nope. She was healthy. She was just being stubborn.
Fifteen minutes, lady. Fifteen minutes. The ride's over. Finis. Get the hell off!
But oh. There was one gear still working.
So, we reversed, and reversed and reversed. We did figure 8's, straight lines, circles. Leah looked confused. She didn't know how to shut down reverse. I asked her to move out again--
And all the gears worked.
I got off and unbridled her, bridled and rode Cowboy, then cleaned their stalls. And, when I was done with all that, I bridled her again and got back on.
All the gears were broken except one. (That is what I figured may happen.)
So, I used the reverse, but not nearly as far, and she went back to work.
She is such a clever girl. And somehow, I have to stay a step ahead. For now, the short sessions are over. Or, at least, the regular short sessions. It's time to mix things up!
Here are some more old photos I found on the blog of Leah and Beautiful Girl. Bee has totally changed colors. Everyone thinks she's a white horse now. How does that even happen?