So besides the fact that I am getting sick (huge downfall of working at a daycare.... respiratory stuff going around) which happens this times every.single.year. Today was a great day! After doing barn chores this morning I was a semi bad student and stayed at home to sleep for my morning class. I didnt feel like driving 25 minutes each way just to have an hour class when my next class was having a lab at a cow barn right by my house. So I slept, went to lunch with my mom, and went to my class after drugging up. Then went out to the barn and had a super nice relaxed almost 4 hour fun day at the barn.
I have a very interested person coming to see Tolo on Saturday so I have been making sure to keep up on riding him. But today I just wanted to play around so I hoped on bareback in his halter and we went on a nice walk outside. Then I had a bright idea to try to do some bridleless stuff with him in the arena. Walk/trot/canter like a piece of cake! He is definitely not nearly as comfortable or easy to ride bareback as pony because of his gates and his withers but he was super good. After some arena work we went on a bridleless walk around the field and down the road with no issues at all.
Pony has been great, as always! Last night when I was jumping him (just little stuff that was already set up) my stirrup leather, that I clearly dont check often, broke and my stirrup went flying! Luckily he was super good and pulled right up. Good news is that with all the Canby tack sale stuff at our barn ready for the weekend I found a nice pair for 10 bucks that will get us by. Alanna and I were both discussing how once day we are going to drop the big bucks and get nice leathers. We have always bought used ones but a nice pair of soft new ones that wont leave marks on our saddle are a dream of ours :) We were laughing how we both have nice expensive horses yet have never bought a pair of new leathers. A couple things I have decided im going to get/do if Tolo sells are to get some body clippers (he gets clipped 2x a winter every winter and I have been lucky enough to borrow Alannas), the whole line of Equifuse product, and have a saddle fitter come out to look at his dressage saddle/help me make a mold and take measurements so I can start keeping my eye out for a new jump saddle! Along with those I also want to do a lesson every other week for a couple months to really get us going. Its all jumping the gun obviously but just a few things I would love to be able to do :)