I've been having lessons with a fantastic instructor on a school horse who is the most amazing animal I've ever sat on and been doing things I didn't think I was capable of. My last lesson left me feeling like a kind of octopus with my legs hands and seat having to do things akin to tapping my head and rubbing my stomach! My friend and I decided to go for these lessons to help us with her horse which she bought a couple of years ago. My friend hasn't been riding long so is building her confidence and skills. I, as the alleged experienced rider, am in charge of schooling Dorrie and I am so grateful for this as my mare is 23 and past dressage. I went with her to see the horse and she was in a poor state at the time but there was just something about her we couldn't quite put our finger on but we felt it was special. We got her home and realised that her sire was Broadstone Westside (dressage stallion) so that explained some of it, 2 years on and she looks like a different animal but the schooling has been average. Any way I'm prattling on a little, my wow moment today came when I decided (after my last lesson) that I really wasn't trying hard enough with my riding and so I committed to pushing myself....wow. After about 20 minutes of warm up the little mare went into overdrive! Now I understand what working with the hocks underneath you means, I felt like I was floating and the power on the trot was breathtaking. The whole experience has left me desperate to experience it again it was the most amazing thing I have ever felt. I know alot of people are used to this but I'm beside myself on two counts, one that I somehow managed to get her to do this and two that the little mare is this talented, she was such a poor thing when my friend first got her and I'm so proud of her.
Very indulgent post I know, so thankyou for reading, also a quick 'before and after shot' of the day my friend got her and a few weeks ago just before we took her to her first show.