January has gotten off to a slow start and I have not worked with Eli as much as I would have liked. I have effectively been sick for two weeks, although only two days have been bad enough that I can’t do much. The weather has also thwarted a lot of riding plans. But at the same time, it’s January, so missing a few days of riding is not that big of a deal and we don’t have a show any time soon.
The few times I have ridden Eli, we have worked on really just getting exercise. He has been pretty workmanlike every ride except Thursday night. Thursday night we had a difference of opinion about me sitting the canter, but in all fairness I am heavily medicated right now and sitting on my horse like a potato with my leg braced just in front of the girth absolutely warranted a little reactiveness and anxiety from Eli. He was never disobedient, just more like non-compliant and worried. I managed to get a few steps of relaxation at the canter while in a half-seat so I ended on that.
And now it’s raining. Maybe I can ride in the fields on Saturday, and will go back to getting relaxation first before anything (duh). Horses don’t have buttons, even though we like to say that about the well-schooled ones. It’s up to me to keep Eli calm and confident under saddle by riding correctly. I cannot take for granted his newer, more easy-going demeanor because he is still a bit of a hot and spooky horse, one that I KNOW how to ride and one that constantly asks that I ride him better. There are no shortcuts.
On a lighter note … I’ve got a question for y’all, and weirdly I think it might be one some people feel very strongly about. I do not have especially strong feelings about it, other than to think a few people need to get their panties unknotted. Do any of you wear jewelry when you ride? Which jewelry are you okay with wearing, and which jewelry would you not wear while mounted?