On Saturday, when I showed up at my barn to move Sky and Red from their pasture for irrigation, a really nice guy that lives down the road and always uses the barns arena to work his horses asked me if I would finish exercising one of his horses. He always brings both of his horses, works one and then works the other, but that day he wasn't feeling well and just wanted to be done with it, so he asked if I could finish lopeing him the last five laps so he could start on his other horse. Of course I said yes. It's been so long since I've REALLY ridden a horse. Sky has been so testy the last few times I've tried, always wanting to keep both eyes on her baby, refusing to move, let alone lope.
He uses his horses for barrel racing and they're really well trained, I hardly had to keep his guy going at all. He knew what he was supposed to be doing and wasn't allowed to stop until I asked, but boy am I feeling it today.
There was no warm up time for me, the horse had already been warmed up, so it was hop on and straight off into a lope. My body felt so awkward, I was instantly aware that my form was way off. I had to really concentrate on sitting up straight, keeping my heels down and my toes from going pigeon toed, and keeping my seat in the saddle, plus my stirrups were a tad too long. All that tension wreaked havoc on my body the next day, and today. But I like it. Reminds me of what I've been missing for months now. Nevermind that I can't pick up my kids lol, I am so pumped to get out there and start working with Sky more.
There's really no point to this thread, just one of those good feelings you feel like sharing.