Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A lovely evening ride

Yesterday I met Spaghetti's owner out at the barn for a playdate and an evening ride.  Although the day had been hot, the evening was quite nice, thanks to a late-afternoon thunderstorm that cleared up before we got there.  We turned the horses out together first, and they ran for a while without stopping, since it was their first playdate in a while.

After the horses finished running, we decided to ride, since it looked like the nice weather would hold for the rest of the evening.  We rode for a while, perhaps 45 minutes, but on the whole it was fairly leisurely.  I worked a little on my "homework" from my last lesson, getting Panama to bend and move off the new inside leg across a diagonal at a trot, to try to help him (and us) get our flying lead change.  Then I did a few changes, and I think the last time he may have gotten it, right away too!  When my friend looked, she said it looked like he was on the right lead in both the front and the back, but she only got to see a few strides because he dropped out of the canter.  I'm sure we'll practice more during my lesson, so my trainer can tell me then if he's getting it — I can feel it if he's on the wrong lead in the front, but I don't always feel it if he neglects to switch the back.

We rode for a bit longer, but mostly just poked around.  We were in the outdoor arena and it was a gorgeous evening.  It was the kind of ride that makes me so glad I have a horse!



At July 20, 2011 at 9:18 PM, Blogger Reddunappy said...

OMG what a surprise!!! LOL glad whe was ok.!!!

At July 20, 2011 at 10:27 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Pam, I'm guessing you were commenting on the post about the horse in the basement? LOL :o)


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