It is another lovely day here, so far, but I'm feeling rather grim with a horrible headache. I haven't had one for ages, so wasn't too pleased when it came on late in the afternoon yesterday. We had our street barbeque last night, which was lovely. People make the most delicious salads. I must see if I can find some good recipes over summer. We are so lucky to have wonderful, kind, sweet neighbours who all care about each other.
Yesterday I put on my new black jods - I can highly recommend the Horze brand full seat self-patch jods for ladies with a bigger derriere. They sit up nice and high on my waist and have the miraculous ability to make me look ok in a tight fitting fabric. I have washed and washed my old pair and they are as comfy as ever. Mrs Zanny is in season again, which means her alter ego "The Tart" is here, instead of my lovely cuddly horsey friend. Anyway, I'm getting to know The Tart's tricks, although she tried a new one yesterday, and pretended she was unable to walk properly, so I had to ask Viv if she was lame. Nope, just pretending to be incapacitated so she could return to the other horses.
Before we rode in the arena I had to move the delicious Lucy back to her paddock. There is a lot of lovely grass around the arena, so Lucy was enjoying being the arena lawnmower. Isn't she lovely?
Finally some photos of my babies, as promised. Well, I can only claim ownership over Aria (the darker one), but Fergie is Zanny's baby, so I have a strong interest in her as well. Poor Fergie has a bit of a respiratory infection at the moment. She may have breathed in some chaff and has developed a cough and snotty nose. Poor darling. Anyway, they were both pleased to see me, as always.
They still have their foal manes on the ends of the more grown up growth, which makes them look scruffy.
I had another saddle to try. Emily found one for me that she was very impressed with, and thought might suit me. It is a German Kieffer Rhein dressage saddle, and is second hand, but in beautiful condition. According to reviews Kieffer saddles are highly regarded and loved by the majority of people who reviewed them. The Rhein model is older and highly sought after, being quite rare on the market. Probably even rarer here in New Zealand. Kieffer saddles are very expensive new.
The saddle fits Zanny really well. I always use a "raiser pad" to create a good barrier between Zan's rather prominent spine and wither and the saddle, and Emily got me to use this very special (horribly expensive) one, which raises the back of the saddle a little to help my position. In any other saddle I have been in, I ride with my legs too far forward, and this one naturally puts me in a far better position. It is super comfy, and fits me really well. Em's dressage saddles have huge leg rolls which I find uncomfortable, and this one just has a slight roll under the front of the flap.
I would love another ride today, but since Zanny got those wee rubs from the girth, I will probably give it a miss. Plus there is so much to do around here, and my head feels yucky. Riding would probably help, but I hate driving with a headache like this because I can feel a bit spacey and disconnected. I can't complain really, because I can still function fine, it is just a nuisance.