Disaster and hope. Something of a mixed week, then? Well, yes.
Firstly, the disaster. Having taken the aimiable Tosca out again, the general consensus is that we have given ourselves a massive hill to climb, over the next three weeks, to get the team fit enough to do Prelim Test 4 (2002).
Admittedly, it has been very hot, so perhaps not the best time to be trying to get the old girl to ‘shift it’, but even with plenty of breaks, I’m only just managing to get her to canter around the arena or do a 20m circle and the Prelim test we are aiming for requires a full circuit of a 20m x 40m arena, followed by a 20m circle, both in canter. So, I suppose we could consider that we’re half way there. I’ve no wish to push her to do something she can’t so, the jury’s out on her fitness currently.
As a back up, I’m going to see if Wonder Nag can do the test. Assuming he can, then the only question is whether he will behave himself in the collecting ring.
This is where people with their own horses really do have the advantage over us poor non-horse owning folk…I have the choice paying to get someone else’s horse fit or, well…
On a more positive note, my poor, long suffering other half came down to the school with us, oestensibly to see the Offspring ride, but also to take some photos of me in the saddle. The pictures are waiting go be transferred off the camera (and I will include them in a post), but whilst my riding position is still not great, there has been a marked improvement in the position of my head – it’s more central over my body. It will be interesting to see how long it remains like this. My bike riding might be helping. Who knows?
Have a good week.