Sunday, August 1, 2010

Back in business

It's been a while since I blogged, and I'm sorry about the delay. The past 2 weeks, I spent virtually every free moment reading — I got hooked on the books the TV show True Blood is based on, and read all 10 in under 2 weeks. (I also read a wonderful YA horse novel that I'll blog about later.) I'm almost relieved now that I've read them all, and can get back to real life.

My reading also took a lot of time away from Panama, I'm afraid. I rode only a few times since I last blogged, and none of them were trail rides. I did try one day, a day or so after my last blog post, but Panama was a bit hyper from not having been out for several days. I knew within moments of mounting that a trail ride wasn't going to work, so I stayed behind and rode him in the arena.

I was trying out Off's Clip-On Mosquito Repellent, which I'm hoping will keep the bugs off of him as well as me on the trail. I think it was just as well we didn't go out that day, though, because it gave him a chance to adjust to the sound of the fan. It is very quiet, but when we stop moving he can hear it. He was a bit upset about it at first, but that quickly subsided into concern and attentiveness.

Horseback riding

After we rode for a bit, I dismounted and untacked and let him roll. One of the boarders who works a bit around the barn decided to groom the arena, and said I could leave Panama in. At first he just watched the tractor, but then he apparently decided this was a great opportunity for fun! I don't believe he was truly scared, just kicking up his heels!

Horse vs. Tractor

I had a lesson that Friday — two Fridays ago — and we practiced jumping. Panama is going great with the jumping, better than me. We're just trotting up to a low cross rail, and apparently I'm holding him back too much at the trot. (When did he learn to keep that slow, even trot? It's like he learned, without me even realizing it, that I prefer a slower trot.) I'm also having a hard time keeping my position over the jump — I'm not pulling on his face, I'm happy to report, but I'm not staying forward enough and the saddle is hitting my butt.

On the weekend, Michael and I went out to the barn. We didn't have much time, so I just tooled around on Panama bareback for 15 minutes or so.

Bareback riding

And then I didn't ride again until my lesson on Friday (though I did arrange for a playdate between Panama and Spaghetti). The lesson was a big deal and deserves a more detailed post, so now that I've caught you up, I'll save that story for tomorrow!

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