Yay! So today I rode my lease-- it was too pretty out not to! And he was really fresh. But then again, he has been fresh ever since he started getting ridden semi-regularly.
We start out with lunging before bridling up, just a lead line and some trotting, getting warmed up and me seeing how he's feeling. Some days he's not as fresh, but today was particularly so.
After bridling we ride. He decides to be a spooky little spitfire, but I stuck them (they aren't anything I'm not used to. Just some semi-spooking in place dealios) and we carried on. As soon as we get to our usual riding area on the far end of the arena, he just wants to trot and canter and just GO. But I got him down to a trot and kept it at that until he calmed down, and wasn't quite a butt.
We walked, went the other way, and trotted. I felt like maybe I could handle a canter today... Nope! Didn't trust the ground and it felt like he was slipping a little bit and was going too fast for my comfort on the ground as it was. So just went back to trotting.
I felt really sloppy. Probably because he was energized, and I'm still fighting my internal battle of: he likes contact, yet I've never ridden in contact before him. So I'm always fumbling with how tight to have my reigns and it probably bugs the poor horse. : (
But I switched boots to my old jods, and felt I wasn't fumbling with the stirrups as much as I had. But I was troubled with keeping my heels down today. Gr.
Anyway. What I'm trying to ask is...:
With more work, he will calm down? He isn't fed hot feeds, he just had a nice mini vacation and just started back into work. Big guy is fat!
I know he isn't a troubled horse, as his owners children get to ride him sometimes, too. They do love their Titan.
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