I actually don't know if anyone reads this anymore since the star of the show is more of a dim glow. I've been in a weird place for the past few weeks with a few different things in my life. The last time I rode the big guy was the last time I blogged about it. Last Thursday I had a meeting that went late, and Saturday I came down with a killer cold and spent all of Sunday in bed. A whole bunch of other crap has happened, but it's not exciting so we'll skip it.
Today was lesson day and to say I was a nervous wreck was the understatement of the year. Not that I want anyone to know how I feel, because it sucks, but today was really hard. I wish I could just "forget" about the past and move on. When I got to the barn I was a little early, and I didn't want to get on him BEFORE my lesson started.
Mr. Man was asleep when I went to get him. I took his blanket off and he is in full shedding mode. After last week I didn't want to try to put him in the cross ties. I went to his stall and groomed him while he ate hay. We were both happy. Once I go out of his stall with him I realized how "up" he was. It was a sunny day, and I don't know the last time he was rode, or turned out. Note: His "up" and Denali's up are totally different. He was just looking around and walking fast.
For some reason I decided that today would be a good day to freak out. I think that not riding for two weeks, and the last time sort of freaking me out didn't help. Even though I got there early we ended up being late for our lesson. The trainer sent me down to the outdoor arena and said she'd met me down there. I have never ridden (other than the barn mascot pony rides my friends give me) in the outdoor arena. Before I got on him I had a small meltdown and almost turned around and gave up. He was being fine, just looking around and I was just looking for an excuse to give up.
Eventually I found my big girl pants and started to warm up. Once I got on him I felt totally fine (almost.) It's SOOOOO nice to ride such a safe/sane horse. He is such a good boy. Our lesson went really well, I got some nice complements on my transitions and their improvement. At one point she told me "We're keeping things simple, don't do anything fancy?" I was confused, but it turns out when I stop worrying I can remember how to do lateral work. I laughed. Wasn't trying to be fancy, just moving him to the wall so we could make a wider turn.
After a bit my trainer asked me to canter him. I told her no and kept working. Luckily she doesnt' take no for an answer. His canter is AMAZING. It was like a rocking horse. At one point he spooked at a bird and it was the funniest thing that has happened this week. I started to laugh and couldn't stop. He sort of moved sideways while he went into the canter.
Overall, great lesson. Great boy. Amazing trainer.
Sorry it's so crappily written.... I am trying to get everything organized, but I wanted to write this down before I forgot. What's this weekend? Saturday is Denali day! I can't find anyone to go with me, but I am still planning on making the trek myself.