Thanks so much, Lisa! I wasn't sure if anyone was reading this, so any reply is always encouraging. :) I know I can be longwinded at times. =P September 20, 2008, Saturday
I rode with a bareback pad for the first time today. It was okay. I miss the feel of just the horse beneath me, but I was getting sores and scraped from Miss Take's spine whenever I rode bareback, so I finally gave in a tried something else. No sores today!
Went around the hill paddock first. The pad was the kind with a girth and I didn't tighten it enough, so it slipped back a couple inches. I hopped off, fixed and tightened it a hole then used a rock to hop back on. I've never used a random object like that before. Lots of new today, lol.
Cantered a little on the racetarck, but I think we were on the wrong lead, but I didn't want to fix it. xP Shh!
Worked on the front field for a little bit. I mainly wanted to see if the pad rubbed me in any way. The spine rubbed, but not much at all. Just did trot circles and canter circles. Worked on making the downward transitions smooth.
Went to the grass in front of the barn and I hopped off and set up a small cross rail. It was probably.... a foot. Not more then a foot and a half. Then got back on with possibly one of the sloppiest mounting-up-from-the-ground that I've ever done. Ewie. And I think I pulled some of her mane out.
Trotted over the cross rail about five times on the right, trotted over it a little less on the left. Since the left is easier for her, we started with the cantering over the jump on that rein. Did it a couple times then changed the rein. Went over it in right lead canter three times and ended on that. It was hot and I wasn't sure how tired she was so between sets of jumps I'd walk her around a lap before resuming trot/canter. She was super awesome! She only rushed the jump a couple of times, no faltering or running out (though we did have "wings" on each end). Jumping is way easy for me bareback. With the saddle it's too technical. I can't wait to try more jumping!
Finished taking care of the pony, went home to have lunch, then went out to Aunty Zim's and was late. :( But they were okay with it, thankfully. Way to make a first impression. If you can't recall, Aunty Zim and Aunty Kathy were the two ladied from church who asked me if I wanted to ride one of their horses. Anyhow, Aunty Kathy showed me and my mom around the place. They have two mares there, a seven year old and a two year old named Kitty Cat. Gorgeous coloring. And gorgeous place. Huge house with a little barn. The stalls are sweet! They have little outside pens attached. ;) Then like five different paddocks/pastures.
My mom left and we (including Squirt, one of Aunty Zim's dogs) piled into the car to go up to where the other horses were. In the pasture they have Ala Bear (Aunty Zim's horse), Smoke (Aunty Kathy's horse) and Keala(not sure if this is right). She's the only mare and was actually pastured with Tara, the horse across from their pasture. But then Tara had a colt and he's not gelded yet.
Caught the horses, lightly groomed and saddled. Aunty Zim saddled Ala for me. Info! He's a dark dark bay QH gelding. 16hh and 16 years old. Missing a muscle from his left front as a result of an accident when he was a baby. Slightly lazy, fat, and total Eeyore personality. I like him. Smoke is a true black QH. Gelding and 17 years old. He has an injured right hind I think, so his canter is messed up because of that. And then the chestnut mare is 23 and retired. I think she has back problems.
Rode him around the pasture a little bit, then we went out to the polo field. Aunty Kathy rode Smoke and Aunty Zim lead the mare since she didn't want her leave her alone in the pasture. Ala is such a western pleasure horse. He can trot so slowly! It's awesome. He was a bit grumpy about the canter, but I did get it. I guess was was a little unconfident/unsure, so Aunty Zim got on him and cantered him around a little then told me to just give him a lot of leg in the canter and get him to use his hind end. The right is harder for him, like Miss T. I got back on him and we did better in the canter. Trotted more then we went back to the pasture. He's had good training in him. Gets into a frame easily. Moves off leg pressure and listens to your seat.
Untacked, brushed and Aunty Zim fed them. We visited the colt! He's SO cute. Four months old, like Tessie, but smaller cuz he's a QH. But kyoot! He's going to be gelded soon and weaned, and after that he's going to be Ala's pasture buddy and the mare can have Tara back! She really misses Tara and was standing at the fence staring at her when we left.
It was a lot of fun riding and getting to know both Aunties and the horses. I hope to be able to ride again with them! We have yet to set up a date for the next ride, but they mentioned me riding the seven year old mare. She's more my size. xD Still, I quite like Ala. He's like the gentle giant. And I could see him doing english pleasure stuff with ease... little dressage... -hinthint- :) I'm pooped. Oh but wait! Granny cat went outside for the first time(other than to use the bathroom) since she was attacked! I think that's a good sign.