I have exactly zero media from this weekend’s rides, so you will just have to take my word for it that Eli had a lot of energy, but not in a bad way. I find this bizarre because it is so damn hot.
But we jumped around some little courses on Saturday and he didn’t put a foot wrong. He did land on the outside lead in a turn to a combination, but I had to really balance him up and slow him down in the turn so we just held the counter canter–that was really the only bad thing that happened and that is just not that bad on a jumper. On Sunday, I decided I had better flat him around in case the course work made him stiff. It had not. He felt great. I think he likes his new eggbutt on his jumping bridle.
He also seems to enjoy walking all the way to the front gate to check on work progress across the street–some utilities are being put in and Eli likes to walk all the way up to the fence line and then stop, stare, and snort at the piles of caliche and big blue pvc pipes piled up. There is never anyone out there working when I’m riding. I’m not sure what Eli finds so fascinating about it. He just has to go see what’s going on so he can mildly spook at it.
Eli gets today off for sure, and he has another massage coming up next week.
On a less fun note, I thought I had found some sunscreen for my face that didn’t irritate it, but after wearing for three days, my face is now more red than usual and my skin is peeling. I am assuming it’s not sunburn, because I was wearing sunscreen. The sunscreen was the different thing, so it’s back to trying to find something that doesn’t irritate my skin or sweat off.