I'm so glad that your new saddle and horse are working out so well. I know that a gaited horse is probably a better choice, but for now I am sticking with the trot. There are a lot of nice pasos for sale from time to time, and it's nice to daydream about the smooth ride on a smaller horse. Anyway, I get out as much as I can, it keeps me sane here in the big city.
There's an older TWH where I take lessons and ride on weekends. He is the most comfortable horse to ride. He responds to voice commands and all of his gaits are like being in a cradle! I can understand why gaited horses would be very popular amongst us oldsters.
I used to post fairly frequently in the over-40 thread but haven't been on for a while. I began taking riding lessons at 55 after not having ridden since my teens. My lessons are more or less dressage based, but I doubt that I'll climb up the levels much. I mostly want to get a good basis and enjoy myself. During the week I live and work in NYC and do try to get in one lesson. On weekends I'm in NJ and ride at a great little dressage barn.
I'm recovering from a pony ride right now!! My weekend barn has a drafty little guy that I ride occasionally based on the "ride whatever you can" philosophy. Well, two weeks ago he stumbled so badly that I ended up on his (very short) neck and he panicked and bolted. I slammed into the ground and ended up with 6 fractured ribs.
I am looking forward to riding again (even Buddy) but I have a new awareness of how quickly things can go wrong. Actually, the more I ride the more I am convinced that I'll need a been-there, done-that horse no matter how many lessons I take.
I'll get a picture of me with Buddy so you can meet my nemesis.
I got to get the nervous rider I'd written about a few weeks ago to knock a polo ball around a little last night.
Holy smokes. That kid, very tense in the beginning, became a ball hog once I knocked one away from her. Pretty aggressive. Had a hard time reaching out very far, but she was laughing and pushing me and the horse I was on pretty hard.
I doubt she'll ever play, but she was surprised at her own riding when she watched the video her mom took.
Went on a nice ride yesterday, saw a red tail hawk, I was close enough to see that's what it was, there are a a lot of them there, and the coolest dust devil I have ever seen. It danced along the trail in front of us for a while, and was very well defined. But the best thing was this small flower I discovered, never seen it down there before, pale pink.
I enjoyed a ride through the drippy woods this morning after last night's heavy rains. I had to laugh out loud at the water coming off my helmet and on to my new saddle. I kept wiping it off, but it just kept on dripping... Ran across a turkey and her poults, a turtle, and some white tailed deer, but the only thing that Ombre spooked at was my dog when he came running up from behind.
I listened to the Belmont on the radio today, and now the controversy over this race begins. On one hand, I do not like some of the things that go on in racing, years ago the area I live in had quite a few race related businesses, and when I would go to the auction I would see the cast off breeding mares. Disgusting and terribly sad. However, I realize that without a race and show horse industry, I would not be able to enjoy my backyard horse. There would be no feed stores or horse vets, I would probably not be able to live in a city with zoning for horses.