So my lesson last week was in a group for a half hour and did not go so well. The horse was quickly frustrating me (but don't worry I absolutely did not take it out on him), I tried to stay as relaxed and calm as possible. My legs, and pretty much my overall body position were awful and it was just not a good lesson for me. I went home extremely sore and frustrated with my ride.
I got on Walter today (horse I am trying out to buy), and he was so fantastic. First off, the stable is having a friday night jumpers "show" of sorts and they do it a lot. Walter has never seen these jumps before and there was about 10 or 11 jumps covering the ring. At first I was like crap, how am I supposed to ride and avoid these at the same time? But once I got going it was pretty easy. He's a little bouncy but I got over it because the bounciness didn't get to me and he felt more smooth than bouncy. He barely even needs to be kicked and just needs someone to keep their leg on him. When I cantered it was so easy to get going and so amazing and not that hard to avoid the jump lines along the walls. THEN..
She had me jump! Keep in mind this horse has never seen these jumps before, ever. He didn't react to them at all. He's so quiet and bombproof. I'm not quite sure how big the jumps were. Some were straight across and maybe a little under a foot? One jump was a higher crossrail. I haven't jumped in about 3 or 4 years and to do it today felt really good and definitely got my confidence back for that. I felt so comfortable riding him, my body was relaxed, I sat back more on him, my leg was in the correct position, and so on. Last week my instructor was getting a bit frustrated with me too. This week she went on about how great I did on this horse and that I look amazing on him and jumping was actually easy and came back pretty naturally for me. Pretty much raving about us being a potential pair
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can have a nice conversation with my mom about him this weekend. The owner really needed to get him sold like, "yesterday" and will pretty much take any offer at this point. His original tag was around $6,000 and my instructor said she could definitely get $2,500 and maybe even lower than that! She also mentioned how tempted she was to buy him solely because
the owner was practically giving him away.
If I don't give her a yes by Sunday evening then he leaves for another stable on Monday. The girls that help out and ride there as well were crowding around me, pretty much begging me to buy him because they love him being there and don't want him to leave the barn. And how if I buy him they will be riding him every day! (Maybe a lease opportunity?
) Haha, it was just so funny the way it was all presented to me at the time! I walk in the barn after my lesson and literally like 6 girls are all around me telling me things and asking me questions.
Sorry for the novel, I am just so happy with the way my lesson went today. Whether I get this horse or not, I think this goes down as my best lesson in years! Even if it only was a 30 minute lesson I still seemed to get a lot in!
Just felt like sharing my exciting day! Well, not so exciting anymore, started babysitting my 9 year old cousin at 6 until 11pm tonight. Oi! But I don't mind, I actually love having him around!