My ride yesterday on Lex was hilarious. I wish someone had taped it so we could set it to circus music. She was SO good, and just wanted to streeeeeeeeeeeeetch her head all the way to the ground. I swear she was leaving nose prints in the ring sand. Maybe she was hoping to nab a stray blade of grass!
|Dramatic re-enactment of her frame under saddle.|
BUT! It is hard to ride like that! Because while she is stretching, she's kind of careening all over the place. She has a tendency to wander in off the rail at the best of times, and responds well when I move her back out with my seat and legs. However, when the horse's head and neck has disappeared and I have to work very, very hard to balance myself so that I'm not disturbing her balance, while also trying to make sure we're in a steady pace AND staying somewhere in the vicinity of the rail, it pretty much takes every ounce of concentration I have to deal. It must have looked hilarious because the mare was trotting around with her nose on the ground and her ears pricked, licking and chewing on the bit, happy as a clam. Meanwhile, her apparently barely-competent jockey is trying to control every muscle so I don't mess anything up and stay relaxed so I don't add any tension to a very nice ride.
You guys. I think I need to start doing yoga or something.
After the trotting fun, we went out into the field to try a little canter. She was totally game on the left lead, but we still don't have a right lead. We had it the first two times I cantered her, and then it disappeared. We're getting a lesson on Thursday from Chris so hopefully he can help us figure that out, or tell me to stop trying to canter for awhile, or something.
I almost forgot! Before I got on Lex, Duchess wandered into the ring. I can't decide if she was jealous or delighted that I wasn't riding her!
|Checking the footing?|
|Squiggle Star Realness.|
So instead, I spent some time with this little dude!
|I am the best.|
Today was the first day of the summer semester, and I bet it's going to be intense. Cross your fingers that my students are cooperative and that the line at the break to run reasons for absences by me isn't indicative of how the whole semester is going to go.
And now, my kitten is trying to eat my hand, so I'm going to stop typing and start defending myself. I hope everyone's week is off to a good start.