I had a great summer. It was hot as heck, but not so hot that riding was unbearable. I simply kept to my regular work schedule, which included leaving the house by 6:00 a.m., so that I was riding in the coolest part of the day.
As teachers, we get approximately 10 weeks off. I decided to count how many times I rode during that time off. I discovered that on average, both boys got ridden 5 days a week. Unless I had a show or a clinic, I gave them Saturdays and Sundays off except for hand grazing or turn out.
- I went to three shows and one clinic during the ten weeks.
- I took 21 lessons. Most were with JL, but two were with Chemaine, and two were with Marisa Festerling, the CDS AA clinician.
- I rode a total of 92 times, and even though I rode twice on show days, I only counted them as one ride. Speedy got ridden twice by Aberdeen, and I didn't count those rides.
During those ten weeks we took a couple of short trips (Las Vegas, Santa Barbara) which probably lowered my totals a little. It really felt as though I rode way more than ninety-two times!
Over the summer, I was able to develop a pretty nice right lead canter on Sydney, and Speedy's oomph (thrust) is coming along nicely. It will be difficult going back to one ride a day. Technically, I have enough daylight for two rides after work, but being home at a reasonable hour to cook dinner and spend time with my husband is a priority.
Good by, Summer Vacation; see you in nine and a half months!