Finally! Another riding lesson! I was looking forward to riding Blondie all day (all week, actually), and working on forming that magical bond that we need to win a couple of horse shows next year. Imagine my dismay when Kim told me I would be riding her horse, Sammy. Then she said that D would be riding my horse. Then I asked why we all can’t just ride our own horses??
To top off the disappoints, Sammy was still stabled at the dreaded tent, which didn’t get picked up today like it was supposed to. While this was a good thing for the farm, as they have suddenly run out of enough stalls to go around, I really wanted to work in the new, partially completed, barn. Maybe on Sunday.
I am embarrassed to admit that when it was time to ask for the canter, I was a little afraid of Sammy. He’s great at the trot, but he has been a total pig at the canter. He snatches at his bridle and just takes off. First way of the ring his was fine, though I was still a little nervous, which had me popping out of the saddle. Second way of the ring, I just wanted to strangle him!
First, he kept picking up the wrong lead. I think he was doing it on purpose, so I would be quite flustered. Then, finally taking the correct lead, he confused himself for a Thoroughbred. He raced around the arena, ignoring my cues to slow down. He kept dropping his shoulder on the corners, and picking up speed every time he did it. M let me struggle to slow him down for about 10 circuits, and seeing that I wasn’t bright enough to figure out what to do, she helped me by telling me to lift my inside hand on the corners. What a miracle!! He started to slow down.
After the lesson, D brought Blondie out and worked on gaiting her. While watching them, I was struck with a horrible thought – I probably won’t be able to ride her until he’s got her racking again. Or as he likes to say, he has to fix her before he’ll let me break her again. Argh!
It was dark by the time we were finished, and the electric is not hooked up in the barn, so I couldn’t check it out. The bathroom isn’t complete yet, either – the toilet’s not even in. So things are basically the way they were the last time I was there. More about the new barn when I can see it.