Mr. Oats – Lateral superstar?

I was NOT having a good day yesterday. Picture all the grumpy cat meme’s you can think of, add them together and you get me.

Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat

Bad day at work, I had a dream that my dad contacted us again and was happy, until I realized it was a dream…And not happening…

So yeah, bad mood, bad day, bad everything.

I was grouchy and annoyed, didn’t want to go to my dressage lesson, didn’t want to work hard, didn’t, didn’t, didn’t.

But, I got home, put my breeches on, took the dog out, grouched at my husband, and left, sulkily, for the barn. And you know what? Every time I don’t want to do anything (which let’s face it, right now seems to happen a lot), getting up and MAKING MYSELF do it makes alllllll the difference.

I got Oaty-pony and we warmed up for our lesson. Once we warmed up, Karen had us work on some ‘graduated’ lateral movements, like learning the Travers starting from our head facing the wall and moving his butt off the track.

Dressage days

Dressage days

The clouds opened up, the sun shone, rainbows appeared, and we had our BEST lateral work to date! I was so pleased with little Oaty. Usually our lateral attempts are accompanied by hissy fits, rudeness, ‘I don’t wannas’, etc.

Of course, when we tried to duplicate this at the trot, things pretty much fell apart, but hey…Even his attitude was much improved. He did his awkward ‘bump up’ balky moves, but I’m learning that they aren’t the mega-launches that I keep expecting. He is trying and I love it!

Of course our work throughout the whole lesson wasn’t amazing, but I can feel that he is genuinely giving me a solid attempt, he is trusting me and I am learning to trust him. He’s trying his best, whereas before he was kind of trying, finding it hard, and shutting down. Karen says this is the breakthrough she was saying was coming ages ago- even though I didn’t quite believe her then haha.

So, my annoying and grouchy day ended with some really positive work from Oats. Go good pony!

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Needs a ‘win’

Needs a 'win'

Yeah, despite my other posts- they came a bit earlier than the bad news that immediately preceded it…

This is actually how I am feeling at the moment. I want to wallow in my grinch-ness. I am feeling spectacularly grinchy and cranky. And hell, let’s throw crabby in there too.

Remember earlier, when I was crowing about how lucky I was? Well, I’m lucky but others around me aren’t. And I want them to be. Hence my sudden dissolution into grinch-hood. ARGH.

So, I’m still feeling crabby. And a Merry Christmas to all! I am sure it will pass. Grumble…