It’s Been a While…And I Miss it!

It’s been quite some time since I was here last….But it’s also been quite some time since I rode last.  Which sucks!  Three weeks ago, I had a lesson on Sox and it was lovely.  We worked on cantering in a small figure eight, which was super hard, but totally worth it.  I don’t know when it happened, but I can canter in smaller areas now.  I am no longer stuck only using the WHOLE arena!  Yay!!  Then we worked on some jumping and that’s all I can remember.  Whoops – should have blogged then about it.

Today I got to ride again!  Finally!  Three weeks is way too long to go without riding!!  I had SUCH a good lesson today.  A year ago, if I had taken three weeks off of riding, it would have taken me so long to get back into the swing of things.  In fact, I did take 6 weeks off last year in the summer and it took a good month of me riding to feel like I could pretty much do all the things I could do before I took that time off.  Now, I might need the first 10 minutes of the lesson to re-orient my body to being on a horse, but I pick it up so much faster now, it feels good to be on horseback.  I love it so much.  Even when my trainer makes me work so hard and it’s hot!

We worked on getting my hips to loosen up today by having me do this twisting exercise while I posted today – it felt weird, but when I straightened back out, I could totally feel the difference.  It was great.  My trot felt so nice today and Sox was really responding to me today – if I asked correctly!  We worked on some trot poles, then some cavalletti’s and then a small bounce.  I did ok I think, Sox wanted to canter all of it of course so I had to work on keeping him at the proper pace over the poles leading to the bounce – after that, he could do what he wanted.  I did pretty good staying with his motion for once!

We worked on my canter as well today and I have been cantering in half seat a lot over the last 2-3 months, which is fine, but I have been using it as a crutch rather than learning to actually sit the canter and get my hips to move and all that.  At first, it was fine, but today I asked my trainer to remind me to sit more.  I still wasn’t sitting fully in the saddle but it wasn’t a full half seat either…maybe 1/4 seat?  🙂  Getting my body to listen was a chore today – if i wasn’t riding on my girly parts, I was sticking my butt out and arching my back!  I did get it right finally and got that “scooping” motion going and tucking the tummy and all that but I could not maintain it for very long, but that’s ok.

Sox and I were so sweaty today after our ride and I was so over-heated, I had to sit in front of the fan with him for a bit before I could hose him down.  And then I hosed us both down.  He enjoyed it.  I like to think he missed me because I was the one giving him his baths and using his special shampoo on his itchy head…and maybe because he actually likes me.  (a girl can dream).  I missed him.  I miss the barn in general and all the horses there.

Trainer and I discussed me riding some of the other horses here and there, which will be interesting.  It’s been nice riding the same horse all the time, but I know you can really develop your skill by riding different horses.  Each horse is going to be different and if you can do it on one horse, if you REALLY know it, you should be able to transfer that skill – i know I wont be able to at first.  She told me the few she was thinking for me to try (charlie & luna) but nothing is set right now.  Ought to be fun though!

Well, here’s to riding sooner!!

Auntiechichi

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Still no Rides…

Aww…No horseys for Auntie Chi Chi.  😦  This week was a nice week – although it was hot, it wasn’t nearly as hot as the week before.  And no rain in the afternoons…until Friday night.  WHen I was supposed to go riding.  Then the worst storm in a while came rolling through.  So, lesson was cancelled.  No barn time, no Sox time.  And now, I can’t go riding until THURSDAY!  Oh no!  Hopefully, it doesn’t rain that evening.  Sigh.  I am starting to really miss my horsey time. 

 

I knew I had grown used to riding so regularly, but I didn’t recognize the impact it was having on me overall.  I felt healthier and more active when I was actually being more active at the barn.  I was still feeling like I was learning something new and growing as a human being and I am missing that feeling of growth now.  I felt like I worked all summer to bond with Sox and he finally acknowledged me last time by being extra cuddly and snuggly and now I can’ t go out and see him and I am actually quite sad about that.  I was also starting to make an impression on Lily, and I miss her too.  Next summer I am making my trainer teach me how to lunge so I can properly attend to Miss Lily…this summer we were supposed to do that, but with my trainer’s pregnancy, things just didn’t happen as they were supposed to.

I am encouraging my trainer to set up an Adult Pony Camp for this winter.  All the girls have expressed real interest in it and she has some good ideas for us to do.  I think it will be super fun and probably my only time to obsess over the horses until next summer. 

Even though I am taking an unexpected break, I feel good about going back.  many times in the past, if I took any kind of break at all I would be all nervous getting back in the saddle, but I’m not feeling that this time.  I know I will be a bit stiff and probably “off” but I am ok with it because I know it is normal and I know i am good enough to figure it out at this point.  I’m not awesome, but I can manage.  🙂

Well, happy riding…eventuallY!

School sucks…sort of

Well, the semester is well under way and it’s going well. My students are awesome and doing real good so far.  Only bummer is that I have no time for the barn!  

I was supposed to have a lesson tonight but it rained.  Not just regular rain but a really bad storm with crazy wind and lightning.  Of course my side of town didn’t get it as bad as the barn did, but we never seem to have the same weather patterns.

Well, I’m really really missing my horsey time and can’t wait until I can get out there more regularly again.  Sigh.  I miss Sox!  I got really attached to that silly horse, especially since he got all snuggly with me last time I saw him.  🙂

Well hopefully next time I’ll have some barn stories to tell…happy riding!