Courage and lack thereof:
You know, I've been a pretty major chicken lately. But today I made progress. I cantered in the round pen.
It's the first time I've cantered on Cibolo since we got him, and I have to say, it was like a ten ton load of tension was gone. I didn't do much because I was pressed for time. But two rounds of cantering after none? I don't think my feet touched the ground.
I get irritated at my hesitance to canter. I think I should be doing all this stuff immediately. There should be no delay. I'm a grown up, after all. I'm pretty fearless in most things. This is a different horse and I know what I'm doing.
But I haven't been able to get enough saddle time and felt like I had no seat at all. I had no confidence in my cues.
Today Cibolo was in a great space. He went through his gaits perfectly in our round pen session, no nonsense. I didn't even use a bit and he was so responsive that I was backing him with no effort.
So I'm pretty relieved to be through this hurdle. Maybe not all the way through, but at least on the way.
Lily: Warning, gore ahead.
Lily's cut looks worse. I hydrated it, used peroxide, put some wound cream and swat (I gave her a bath too).
I just don't think it's getting better. Any suggestions? What's your favorite wound cream/salve for something like this?
Sierra hasn't been out to work with her and it shows. She misses her, and just doesn't a good connection with me. She's like - "oh. it's just YOU." LOL
On the up side, her mane looks longer. That's the only thing about Lily that's not beautiful, she has a sort of straggly mane (I've seen a lot of QH with straggly manes, I wonder if it tends to be more common in that breed). But I think it's getting longer!
I've been using this (which smells like bacon and sulfur).
Her mane looks longer to me. But maybe it's just my imagination. It's not like I had the forethought to measure it.
Even her little forelock. Isn't it bushier?
Speaking of growing things, in celebration of the second day in a row of less than 100 degrees, I potted some plants.
Pray for their survival. I've got a bad rep with plants.
And finally, rest. I got a set of these at the grocery store on 50% off. And today, I blogged from one. :)
Hope you had a great Sunday.