So within the past week I've started riding a new horse, Aria. She's an 11yr old Thoroughbred mare whose owner recently joined the Navy and signed her over to my barn.
This horse is AWESOME. I didn't really think I'd ever get to ride her because she's borderline insane, but I'm having so much fun on her!
She's SUPER hot/high strung, which was a complete 180 from the horses I've been riding the past few years. Our first lesson was...interesting. We walked sideways over the first jump and then galloped/leaped over the rest
It's weird to feel so much raw power underneath me, but it's a feeling I'm growing to love.
I rode her on Monday and things finally CLICKED. I've been working on taking my aids down from like a 7 to a 3 (she definitely doesn't need the pushing haha) and really softening my hands up, and it worked!
We also worked a lot on staying relaxed and trotting into jumps and such.
Well, we were doing a simple course and so my trainer raised the jumps to 3', and then 3'6"! I was freaking out a bit because I haven't ridden a horse who can do 3'6" in a looong time so to have them thrown up to that height was a bit disconcerting.
I completely buried us to the first 3'6" jump (rode the line aiming for a 5, she wanted 6, and we managed to get 7?) but she cleared it (WOW, is she athletic!) and totally saved me. Of course, I lost a stirrup and then proceeded to jump the next jump without stirrups (kicked off my other one to stay balanced since I couldn't get it back) but hey - that's just proof that all of my time getting in shape and hacking horses has paid off!
:p I've seen this horse do 4'6" before without a problem and while I highly doubt I'll take her to that height, it's pretty exciting to be on a horse with that kind of ability, especially since I've been riding schoolmasters who max out at 2'6"/3' for a long time.
She's only like 16hh but takes up my leg surprisingly well. Everyone who has watched us seems to like us together :)
Goodness, how I wish I had the funds to lease her this summer.
Anyways, this is Aria after Monday's ride.
And some older pictures from her former owner:
I'm hoping to convince my mom to come out and watch me ride soon, so there will be videos in the near future. I can't ride at all for the next week or two though, since I got my wisdom teeth removed yesterday morning.
This horse is amazing, and I'm becoming REALLY excited about riding again.
Also, all of my work rebuilding my confidence in my eye paid off because aside from the cursed line, I managed to get workable distances to all the jumps! Even the 3'6" ones that were intimidating me to no end!