Rode Four Today
Was a good day. :)
I hacked Gyles, who was a little funky still, still really wound up mentally. But I think this might be something to do with me; the irritability I’ve been dealing with manifesting as frustration when he does anything, even if it’s not bad. So for the second half I took deep breaths and worked on staying calm, thinking calm, and that seemed to work somewhat.
Then I did another short trot set on Erley, who was just as good as yesterday. Really starting to recognise the feeling of him taking the bit, rather than trying to avoid the connection. The only issue we had was mounting; he took off and tried to spin just as I threw my leg over the first time. Needless to say, we had a bit of a discussion over that. I worked on just asking him to stay still, stand and relax as he stood next to the mounting block, as I stood on the mounting block, as I put my foot in the stirrup, etc. He responded really well to that and I ended up getting two satisfactory mounts. Definitely something to work on!
Then I had a lesson on 1* Horse. ^_^ First I lunged him outside and he had a bronco session. 0.o Trainer and I unanimously decided that we would do the lesson indoors, because he had settled on the lunge again and she wanted me to have a fun lesson on him, not one spent mostly in midair. -.- He was cool though. Very, very lazy for a hot thoroughbred; she hit the nail on the head when she said that he uses his hotness as an excuse not to push. He instead goes fast or goes up into the air or explodes or does something else. So it was hard work to get him forward and into the hand (especially because he’s not keen on accepting the contact either - he goes in a rubber hotdog bit!). But when I got him swinging and forward and with suspension… ugh he was so amazing! Can’t wait for possibly jumping him in Florida. :D
And finally I jumped Forest a little. Worked on keeping him calm and amateur-friendly so that if the girl wants to jump him he’ll be good. :) And he was alright; I got hit in the nose once, which’ll teach me for jumping ahead of him (-.-) and there were some issues through a related line, but they were mostly mine. Best part, I could feel the mistakes and knew what I needed to do to fix them. ^_^ So I’m finally learning enough and getting enough feel that I can confidently jump and fix issues by myself. :D
Overall, a wonderful riding day. :) I love it when I get this many rides.