Happy 4th! I hope your holiday weekend is off to a good start! My son and I started our weekend off with a little horseback riding. He hasn’t ridden since April, but told me yesterday that he would like to, so I had him squeeze into his old boots, grab his helmut and hop on Sox. I handwalked them around the arena a few times. My son very much enjoyed it. He said that maybe when it’s not so hot out, he may start riding lessons again. We’ll see, lol.
I used Sox’s walk around the arena as his warm up and got right to work when I got on. I was trying out a pair of gloves today since I keep getting a blister on my left ring finger. They felt super awkward. Luckily, the rest of me didn’t feel awkward up there so I was able to adjust. They weren’t great and I did end up taking them off for the last little bit of my ride.
For once I wasn’t feeling all over the place for my ride. I mean, sure, there was plenty I could have been doing better, but I was doing better than normal for me, and the best that I could at the time. I was able to pick up a nice forward trot after a little fuss from Sox. I could feel the difference in my legs when they weren’t correct – I was doing much better at keeping the bend in my knee (and my elbows) and posting with my hips rather than trying to stand up in the stirrups. Tuesday I couldn’t stop perching and standing on my toes in the stirrups, but my Wednesday lesson must have fixed that because I wasn’t doing that today. Thank goodness.
I went over the trot pole exercise we did at the last two lessons and he was really good for it after the first pass where he stopped in the middle of the poles. Last week he cantered through them, today he halts. C’mon Sox, lol. We picked it up and got it going right and I think I may have even dropped into a mostly correct two-point for at least half the passes we made today. I was also paying a lot more attention to where we were in relation to the rail or our path around things today, as Sox has a tendency to fall to the inside if I am not on top of things. We stayed to the outside for our whole ride today! Yay!! Granted, our ride wasn’t super long, but hey – I’ll take all the victories I can get.
I worked on a little itty bit of sitting trot today. It was ok, but I kept letting that leg creep up and I’d end up pointing my toes…I don’t know where that reaction came from, but I kept finding my foot ALL the way in the stirrup, all the way to the heel of my boot. Not ok. So I spent a lot of my time trying to fix that while sitting the trot. I probably should have just dropped the stirrups, but I can’t tell that I am moving my legs without the stirrups as well when I don’t have eyes on the ground to tell me.
I did a tiny bit of canter work today as well. Sox didn’t want to pick up a good canter today to start with. I’m sure my aids were wonky and I was unbalanced or something, but regardless, he ran out the first few times so I brought him back down to a trot, which he tried to turn into a halt, and we tried again. Then when he finally did start cantering, it was very choppy and not flow-y at all. He did it like that the first couple times in each direction, but on about the third try we got it together. I am sticking to cantering the straightaways and trotting the corners until I am better at telling whether I am on the correct lead by myself. I’ll get there. I can usually tell, but not everytime. So the canter work was alright today as well.
Sox got a good hosing down and I washed his face & mane. He got a bucket of watered down gatorade too, which he loves. He was actually good again about me washing his face. I think we’ve figured out how to do it without setting him off. He even gave me a few snorts while I rubbed/massaged his neck. He had a nasty welt on his neck (probably a bug bite), but after a good washing and then some spray, it looked a lot better, but he was sensitive about me touching it. I let him graze a good long while after and he seemed quite content by the time I put him in his stall.
I decided Lily needed some loves today, so I took her out to groom and realized that she really just needs a bath. So, I gave her one. She is so spooky – today she spooked twice at the wash area. Once she dropped her butt and her back legs looked ready to just take off, and that time startled me pretty good too, but I was able to calm her down both times. We went in so I could spray her feet and comb her mane, and she kept trying to spook in the barn too, so I quickly finished up, calmed her down and put her back in her stall. She got a great bath though and looks SOOO much better all clean. 🙂
Well, we are off to our friend’s pool where we are going to hang out for a few hours before heading to the baseball game. There’s fireworks after the game tonight so that ought to be fun!
Happy 4th (again) and happy riding!!