I got to ride my horse last night!
|I haven't been out there in so long there were cobwebs between my tack locker and blanket hanger :(|
The girl before me was having a jump lesson in the grassy stadium field across the road, so I went out there too even though we wouldn't be jumping. I knew it was going to be a fun lesson when I asked for trot in warmup and got a grunt/squeal!
Here is a list of the reasons I almost got tossed, which would terrify me on a big horse, but just make me laugh on Connor:
- A truck with a rattling metal trailer drove by (Legitimately lost his mind)
- A woman talking on speakerphone walked by (On alert)
- I sniffled (Planted, propped and slid)
- I asked for shoulder fore and he took offense to my left leg. (Actual buck)
- Scooters (On alert)
We left legit skidmarks. My reining horse friends would be so proud.
|I need a second Dressage schooling pad, and I thought I'd be like the cool kids and rep Riding Warehouse, but unfortunately, their Dressage pads are quarter sheet-sized on Connor.|
But the fun thing for me was all that energy meant I had great impulsion so he was going amazingly well, AND I got to practice riding it. With my new position, I really am able to just sit up and tell him to chill out in my seat and he comes back to me...eventually. This is great practice for shows, where I sometimes escalate things with him when he's up already.
|The look of neglect. He gave himself his own dirt quarter mark while I was gone.|
|Summer coat growing in so fast.|
Although I think my trainer would have liked to, y'know, practice something other than trotting 20m circles and SF, I was happy to have a fun lesson in the warm sun with my horse feeling really good after the kind of week I've had. Just what the doctor ordered.
|Missed this little guy.|