Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the princess is back in the building!
It really is a wonderful feeling to go to the barn and see that familiar red face waiting for me.
We're back at the summer barn, the true rite of spring. It puts us at the mercy of the weather, but it's a lot less dusty without the indoor. Fiona seems happy to be home, but she seemed pretty happy to be in Aiken. She's kind of a happy horse all the time.
She looks fabulous and feels fabulous. It's such a pleasure to ride her right now. We took her out for the first trail ride of spring and she got to have a long trot with her boyfriend. We've also got her in a new rig for jumping, a Myler combination bit. We'll see how that goes, but so far, she seems very respectful of it. She doesn't blast through my hands nearly as easily. We'll get to put it to the test this weekend.
It's already that time of year. I've got the show pads in the wash right now, the good breeches are drying in the bathroom. On Sunday is the first two-phase of the season with some cross country schooling, so long as it's not raining too hard. I'm looking forward to getting her out and doing things again. We've got a vet coming out tomorrow to discuss what to do about her spring heat cycles, since she's massively distracted. We might try her on some progesterone to see if that helps her focus on something other than the good looking geldings when we're trying to get some work done.