Thursday, June 27, 2013
Back in the Saddle
Today I got antsy... Originally I had planned to stay out of the saddle until at least Friday night, but I jumped the gun. Alex was in a decent mood (chillaxed) when I got to the barn, it was relatively quiet around the farm, so I started thinking maybe tonight was the night. I figured I'd dress the part, lunge him and see how I felt. I'm not going to lie... just thinking about riding for the first time in about two months I was nervous. I am not my mother (who is absolutely fearless with horses), I do occasionally get scared and considering the very real attempt Alex made to unload me during our last ride, this is one of those times. The difference for me, is that as I've grown up and expanded my riding skills/knowledge, I've also been able to kick myself in the ass and face my fears.
So, I lunged Alex and thought to myself, "I'm glad I didn't Ace him, because if I had, he might just lie down and go to sleep," he was SO lazy. The pessimist in me said "he's just saving up till you're in the saddle." Finally I decided it was now or never, Alex was super relaxed and the farm was quiet. With my heart beating a little faster than normal, I sat down in the saddle and told myself to breathe. Off we went at a walk. Alex was looking around but agreeable. We walked both directions for a few minutes and then trotted both directions for another few minutes. Tracking left, he was very good, stretching down and bouncing along. Tracking right, he was not as agreeable to consistently bending and stretching down, but still did well. I didn't ask too much out of him and definitely didn't ask for the canter. I think we will wait a while for the canter, until I'm confident that Alex knows his hocks/back are not going to hurt. He felt great and I didn't detect any of the pain I'd felt from our last disaster ride. I'm not quite ready to exhale yet, but I'm encouraged. It seems he's happier in the Stubben, so we will use that until I can get with a saddle fitter and see if we need something new.
We'll try again tomorrow, which given Alex's propensity for throwing the curve ball the second time you do anything, could be interesting.