Happy new years to me! First trail ride of 2013
|February 21, 2013||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
Let’s start with a Farley update.
I haven’t ridden Farley on the trail since she bucked me off in October. October!!!!!!! It really has been that long. We’ve done some free lunging and turn out, and 2 rides in the arena at walk trot (dressage) since that time. Some of it was me –> illness, school, etc. Some of it was her –> lameness (that old wire injury aka “abscess” and some was neither –> an unfortunately wet Christmas break.
She’s looked super super absolutely sound in the arena during turnout and lunging so a couple days ago (Monday) I jumped on for a couple of minutes and confirmed that she’s really really perfectly sound in the saddle at a trot, even when asked to do some on the haunches, tight dressage moves. Time to take it out on the trail.
Yesterday was PERFECT weather if a bit windy. I joked with the high schooler as I mounted up that it was the first time that we had been out in 3 months and (hahahahaha……) she had bucked me off last time.
I kinda of regretted it when I saw the look of concern on his face and realized that it would be highly embarrassing to be “rescued” from my stupid fat short pony just because we were out a bit longer than usual because we were having fun.
Truthfully I wasn’t worried.
Farley really is a good girl, even with time off. She’s not mean or malicious or deliberately unkind. I wouldn’t have kept her through vet school if I couldn’t ride her sporadically. During out October “adventure” it was 100% my fault for coming off and was an example of pure stupidity on my part.
Which I made a pact with myself to avoid such mistakes on this ride.
1. I was in my saddle with seatbelts (ie the aussie).
2. I had no intention of cantering. In fact, I wasn’t sure we would make it to a trot. She hadn’t necessarily been BAD during those 2 arena sessions….BUT she also didn’t give me ANY comfort level that she wasn’t willing to do some airs above ground if given the right opportunity. I didn’t plan on giving her that opportunity.
3. It may have been mostly flat, but since we ARE conditioning, I was planning on making her little butt WORK – ie travel correctly, stepping underneath of herself and plumping that hind end back up. Giving a smart talented horse something to think about as you ride along (be rounder, push harder, go lower) is a GOOD THING.
The picture at the top of this post was taken a few steps off the barn property and after attempting to sign up for a GPS tracking thing on my smart phone, and realizing that “signing up for a new program on the smart phone with one hand and not looking where I was going” went solidly into that “being stupid” category, I decided I didn’t NEED to know how far and how fast and put the phone away.
40 minutes later it was safe enough to take the picture below –>; 40 minutes of some really nice trotting on a beautiful day, on a horse that was being “good enough”. Who could ask for me?