Thursday, March 27, 2014

Back in the saddle

I had a riding lesson on Tuesday, my first riding lesson -- not to mention my first time really riding -- since I'd been sick.  I wasn't sure how my body would react to the exertion, and sure enough, my endurance wasn't quite back up to what it was, and I was dead tired in the evening, far more tired than I normally would have been after a lesson.

I chose to ride Rondo, partly because he hasn't gotten a lot of work with V. on spring break after she had been sick, too, and partly because I didn't think I was up to dealing with Panama's inevitable excitement over being ridden for the first time in a while.

Rondo really is a different ride than Panama.  I have to remember not to so much as suggest that I'm going to pull on the reins, because he is so quick to stop when asked.  I have to remember to keep my legs closed so that he doesn't break his gait when approaching ground poles, and do more work steering him so that he doesn't try to go around.  I have to also remember that his canter has a lot of rocking motion, unlike Panama's rather flat canter, and try to teach my muscles to adapt to the motion in the two-point -- I have a hard time finding my balance on Rondo as opposed to Panama, whose gait is much faster but also much flatter, making for fewer adjustments in the two-point.

We only worked on the flat and on ground poles, but it was the first time I've done canter poles on Rondo, so it was a good learning experience for me.  I'm so much more used to Panama's shorter stride that I need to relearn how to go with the horse over poles, especially since I want to jump Rondo eventually.

It was good to get back on the horse, even though it won't happen again for a little while -- I'll be very busy this weekend, and won't have a chance to ride again until next week.



At March 28, 2014 at 4:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you made it back in the saddle!

At March 28, 2014 at 7:13 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I'm getting caught up. Sorry you have been sick. I don't know if I'm going to do Camp NaNoWriMo. There's so much I want to get done with the horses before the temps rise. I figure I'll get back to my novel over the summer when I can't be outside for more than 5 minutes without passing out from heat exhaustion.

I can relate to not wanting to ride an excited horse while recovering from illness. I caught Bombay to ride yesterday, and he instantly got anxious. He kept nervously looking up the driveway for the trainer, spooked at nothing, and nearly jumped on top of me in the process. Now that the trainer is pushing him out of his comfort zone, his nerves are worse than ever.

At March 30, 2014 at 6:58 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks, both of you! And NM, when Panama is really excited from not having been ridden, I prefer riding him on my own the first time or two, so I only have my own agenda (and not my trainer's) to worry about. That way I can change my plans if it becomes obvious that we need to work on something basic (like paying attention).


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