We all have more daylight after work now, which is great news! But I fell into the barn time vacuum as a result of more daylight and relatively nice weather … leaving me with less time for chores at home. Whoops! Does anyone else struggle with this once Daylight Savings hits? I had a ton of laundry to do and pulled out all the older horse show prizes which need polishing badly, but didn’t get through much of either because I had to go to bed at some point.
However, although I couldn’t ride on Thursday or Friday because I was at work until like 9 o’clock at night both days, I did get to ride on Saturday and Sunday! Saturday was a matter of knocking more rust off and getting Eli’s tension out of everywhere. Once his muscles warmed up a bit he felt great under saddle. I even put him on the longe line for some trotting both ways before mounting up, and that seemed to help him greatly. The new equipment I got for longeing helped me help Eli, too.
The best part about more light in the evenings? More film of my horse! I like being able to see how he looks under saddle, but I can’t be in two places at once. The little Polaroid Cube I use for filming doesn’t work so great at night, but now with more daylight I can get film of Eli (mainly to evaluate his gaits) more often. So I got some on Sunday evening.
I am pretty happy with where he is, even considering our erratic work schedule. I am hoping the rest of March and April will be slightly quieter at work and we can get back to working and jumping regularly.
Eli got a bath on Saturday, too! The first of many more to come. I do hope the last of the cold weather is over for the year. I can’t do below freezing temperatures any more.