Happy Monday, fellow bloggers! I hope you have enjoyed your week. As you can tell from my last post, my week was pretty crummy, add to that extremely busy, what with watching my niece for the week, getting things done before the weekend, working down at the river for another wedding and. . . having another lesson. I’ll write about that last.
But first, the wedding. As soon as I was done working on Friday I was dropped off at Miss K’s to help prepare for the wedding at 5:00 that evening.
We got everything done and the wedding ended up being beautiful! Everyone was so nice and respectful. And let’s just say that when it came time to go home at 10:30 I had already worked 14 straight hours that day, sitting down only a handful of times because my lower back was killing me from all the bending down, lifting up and standing for so long. My sisters and I were literally zombies, we were so tired. My brother not so much. He can handle being up a lot better then we can, lol!
As for our surviving three ducks after the guinea massacre (that I am going to call it), they are doing just fine. I let them out this morning and they all started talking to protest that they need their pool cleaned, which I cleaned afterward.
Then early Saturday my Mom, sister Emily and niece and I left the house to watch my sisters run in a 5K at a camp they used to work at. They did really well, and afterward, they were super muddy from the obstacles they had to go through/over, etc. They both did a great job and Anna even rode a 250-foot zip line after that’s 47 feet up in the air! She rode it twice!
As for my lesson on Friday…It was really good. After my lesson the week before in feeling discouraged and beaten, this lesson I came away feeling much better about where I’m at. At one point Miss H had me drop my stirrups and stretch my legs out and had me do bicycles, scissors, figure-8’s with my ankles. Then she had me lift my legs to sit in Jockey position to really be able to feel my seat bones and let “F” do his job in really taking up all the space in his walk. Miss H said that in Jockey position I couldn’t interfere with his movement, and, boy was she right! Lol!
At one point when my feet were out of the stirrups “F” started to trot and I sat it!!! I leaned forward because it caught me off guard, but towards the end (he literally took like ten trotting steps) I leaned back and sat it pretty “nicely”, lol! I have never trotted without stirrups before and I am very proud of myself to say that it wasn’t all that scary!
All that went through my mind after “F” slowed to a walk was the quote from Black Beauty from Merrylegs- “When they seem frightened or a little unsteady on my back, I go as smooth and as quiet as old pussy when she is after a bird; and when they are all right, I go on faster, you see, just to use them to it…I am the best friend, and the best riding master those children have.” I have a feeling that “F” was thinking that exact same thing and that I needed to get used to trotting without stirrups so that’s why he took off in a trot; to get me used to it because he knows me in the saddle better then I know myself! If only Merrylegs knew that my lesson horse is just that quoted above, I think he would be very proud of “F” and “G”♥
When I picked up my stirrups we trotted for a bit and Miss H had me look over my left and right shoulder. Let me tell you something: doing that on a circle in the middle of trotting really tests your balance! I thought I was going to fall a couple times, but when I found my balance I did okay, lol.
For the last ten minutes of my lesson, I worked on steering in a circle through multiple cones, which I was able to keep a bend in “F” a couple of times. Not as much as I would have wanted, but you get there slowly but surely. And then I was taken off the lunge line and cooled him down by walking around the arena a couple times.
I dismounted and for some reason, “F” felt shorter than usual, lol! Is that normal? Let me know in the comments, lol!
“F” was really good throughout it all, despite my many mistakes but if I could have the patience that he does I would be a completely different person, in a very, very good way. He’s a totally amazing horse, and Miss H is a totally amazing instructor!
This is what I felt like when I trotted with no stirrups, lol!
““When they seem frightened or a little unsteady on my back, I go as smooth and as quiet as old pussy when she is after a bird; and when they are all right, I go on faster, you see, just to use them to it…I am the best friend, and the best riding master those children have”- Wise Merrylegs in Black Beauty
I walked out of the arena feeling good about my ride and actually excited. I think, though, what my problem is is that I try too hard to
be look “still” like all the Olympic riders out there and you fellow bloggers who have been riding a long time that I completely freeze myself up in an attempt to be something that I need a lot of time to be. And I need to learn to be loose VS frozen in place. A lot easier said than done, but I am determined to get to that point; it will just take a lot of practice.
I hope you enjoy your week. Don’t forget to thank your horse after every ride, no matter how “disastrous” it might have looked to you, because why do we ride horses? Because they let us.
Thank your horse for a job well done!