I haven't really been riding since September :( I came to uni, and joined the riding club - but I haven't actually been motivated to go to any lessons. I had a 15-minute assessment lesson, where I walked trotted and cantered round an arena in a huge group, and I went on a really crappy hack. Lessons would only be available every fortnight anyway, and are ona first-come first-served basis.
The thing is ... the stables I go to back home is a really amazing one. They have loads of horses for lessons - including lots over 15hh, which I like as I have really long legs - and they are all well-looked after, well-behaved and well-trained. The same horses that pack beginners round are used for bending exercises, shoulder-ins and counter-canter.
The stables available to me through my uni's riding club are all very small, with very few horses of any decent size (maybe one or two that aren't ponies) and which simply aren't as well-trained, well-cared for, well-behaved, and so on. When you look at them, you can see from their muscling that they're not often used for much more than WTC. This has, I'm afraid, discouraged me - I'm jaded from learning to ride in such a good place. I know riding less wonderful horses would be good for me, but the idea of packing around a small arena in a big group on a horse that means my knees have to come up to my ears isn't nearly as appealing as the thought of the horses back home!
The hack was absolute garbage and cost £20 - it was ridiculous.
Right now I'm really missing the horses back home. My best friend has been keeping me updated on how they're all doing, and right now I want to just go there and give big hugs to Charlie Brown, Mr Darcy and Fifi. I'm home in two weeks, but I won't be able to loan a horse as I'd hoped because I won't have access to a car. Hopefully Mum will be able to drive me to a few lessons as she's been made redundant by the credit crunch.
-sigh- I just wish I could have my home stables next door, and go riding every night. I want to give Mr Darcy a kiss :(