Drum roll please!!!
I rode Aires today!! I wasn't nervous or scared or anything. And my friend got pics of us!! And even a little vid (that she didn't realize she'd gotten...my new camera is really different lol).
So here goes. As I said before, please don't critique my position. New (kinda weird) saddle, new horse, first time really riding in a long time, still stiff in the left ankle from my accident, and torn rotator cuff in my left shoulder (which is why I'm hunched a bit) don't add up to a stellar position. lol
Oh, and ignore the fact that it looks like I'm wearing a big white diaper over my riding pants. I (literally) pulled on my BGPs for this ride.
Stopped and starting to back up
Stopping again (we did a lot of this, as this is what he needs to work on the most)...he was all on alert because there's a horse stalled next to the arena on that side:
And now the other way:
We do this all the time, right?!
Investigating the barrel...he insisted lol
OMG! I can
look somewhere other than right between his ears!!
Turning (yes, I know my hand is way far out)
Loose rein AND decent position?! Thought it'd never happen!
One of our magnificent stops!
More loose rein:
Riding back up to the barn after our spectacular half-rear, spin and "bolt"...after being kicked in the face by a mare we were following:
Wasn't trying so hard and my position is halfway decent: