|January cantering and loving my pony|
At the beginning of this year, lessons started off strong but came screeching to a halt after her first buck with me at canter. Up until that point I thought my very green pony was pretty much perfect and this new development unnerved me. At this point in her greenie stage of training, she didn't really have a clue about rein contact and alternated between holding herself head high or rooting down. She also started out every ride very sticky and took encouragement to get going but would end up in a good rhythm after a few circles. Coach put on some rides at my request when the bucking started but I mostly just avoided the canter from that point on. #winningattraininghorses!
|Our first jump back in January|
|For a very clumsy pony, she sure rocked this scattered pole exercise|
|But who needs dressage when your horse can do this, right? lol...JK, flat work matters, I guess.|
Getting off when you are worried for your life is something I firmly believe in and had possibly taken far too much to heart as I was typically hopping off at the first sign of trouble lately. Coach P was the first to say to me, "no, you can't get off" and guided me through my horse's very long panic attack. She took me safely from thinking I was going to die, all the way to schooling Shiraz with authority all over the arena. It was the first true glimpse of the rider I used to be in probably years. I liked it.
And then WILLVILLE happened!!
|I'm pretty sure I smiled the whole test.|
|I love this horse.|
Cheers to a great summer in the books and fingers crossed for all of you prepping for fall events!