The not so funny is that because I had to stop exercising when I was having hip problems and I have added some unattractive poundage to my middle. Okay, you're right. It's not because I stopped exercising. It's because I stopped exercising and replaced exercising with eating. An extra hour of eating a day is WAY easier than exercising and doesn't require special shoes. But the outcome is that I now have to make a plan to lose the gained pounds. Mainly because I'm too cheap to buy new clothes and breeches are not the most forgiving of clothing.
The other not so funny is just a quick self reminder. Elbows bent!! And I think I should have lengthened my stirrups some. I'm borrowing the saddle that my trainer uses for everybody, so the stirrups are always different lengths when you get on and I haven't figured out which one is right for me. I can't WAIT until I get my own saddle.
You will also notice my pony sporting her shortened mane AND a very shortened tail. I arrived at the barn and noticed my horse's tail had been chopped to her hocks. Uh.....what? So I asked Laura about it. Yep, she cut it off. The princess was stepping on it. And it got in the way. And in eventing, tails are chopped to the hocks. And my pony is in training with an event trainer. Sigh. So, to all my flowing mane and tail Arab buddies, I'm sorry. My pony is now officially an 'eventing' pony, even if she's never seen a jump in her life. Maybe the tail is the first step to bravery?
Now, the funny. I'm going to throw my vanity out the window and show you these because I thought they were hilarious. My pony and I make the same facial expressions. We're twinsies! As evidenced by the photos below. Also, for those dressage folks who don't use gadgets, yes that is a running martingale. It's not to keep her from putting her head above the bit, which you can see in the photos she can do just fine. It's to keep her from breaking my nose when she does her Arab-temper-tantrum-upside-down-neck-head-to-nose-smash move. I'm going to be checking with Laura about when we take it off. We need it less and less as she learns to be more obedient.
|See how we are both grimacing as we turn? Also, isn't our hot pink pad looking bright today? I don't intentionally plan to be so colorful, but somehow it always works out that we have numerous colors happening. Today it was blue and pink.|
|Okay, I'm attempting to smile while riding. That requires too much thought and instead it comes out as a weird grimace.|
|Tight mouth and shoulders as we negotiate a turn? Yes, that's me and my pony!|
|Again, look at our mouths. We love to grimace. From my leg position, I'm guessing we were attempting a turn on the forehand here.|
|To prove that not all moments are painfully ugly.|
|TWINSIES!!! I love that we're both doing something strange with our mouths.|
|Let's both SMILE!|