Before I weekend, I promised myself that I was going to ride this weekend because the weather was supposed to be warmer. I didn't do anything Saturday because I was beat from the work week, but I went today! I had my new saddle pad , new girth, and new stirrups to try out so I was a happy girl.
Vega was her usual friendly self as I groomed her and tacked her up. She was much happier about the fleece girth than the leather one. I decided to ride outside today because the indoor was moderately packed and it was nice out. I did some stretching with her before I got on. Walked around the arena as a warm up to our warm up, and proceeded to get on. She was actually good today and didn't move around too much (and yes I am working on her standing while I get on).
She was doing her crazy stunts (bucking and all) but I managed to stay on yet again. Then I started doing a whole lot of transitions. Walk to trot to walk. Trot to halt to walk. Walk to halt to trot. And it really helped her calm down and focus. I was very impressed. I also did lots of serpentines at first to get her to calm down and it worked until those stupid kids were fooling around and spooked her.
I did that for a while and then got off. As if was leading her out of the arena, a few horses were prancing and bucking and stuff, and I knew Vega was going to do the same. She did bolt out and pull me a bit, but I backed her and she stood as I closed the gate. She then bucked a few more times, so I backed her up for a few feet before turning her around and walking her into the barn.
She stood quietly in the cross ties, so I decided to take a few pictures.
I was very impressed with her today and will continue to work with her.
Vega getting curious about the camera phone.
Picture of Vega's sniffy purple saddle pad and her fuzzy girth
Vega's tail all wrapped up.
Vega chilling and waiting for her hay.
Any comments or questions are welcome, but please be nice. She is my baby girl.