Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Went for the jog yesterday and it was lovely. We went just under 3.5 miles, jog/trotting most of the time, though we did have some walk/grazing breaks to get my heart rate back down. His trot is faster than my normal tra-la-la jogging, so I got a bit more of a workout than I was ready for even before the sandy footing we had in places. I also got on and off (bareback) a couple of times on the trail, as part of his practice in a) holding still and b) being mounted from anything, anywhere, at any time training. He took everything in stride except for a bright yellow canvas bag that he shied around about 50 feet from the barn's front door. There were some kids that were adorable and in awe of seeing a horse on the trail, so we stopped and he let them love on him while he grazed.
Today we trotted, trotted, and then trotted. I worked on posting, posting, and posting. I lean (too far) forward, my feet go backwards, and I get all off balance. How Do I Fix This?? GAH! I'll get like 5 strides right, then it's all over.
Jayne was perfect about it though, he really took care of me. Whenever he'd feel me getting too far forward, he'd slow down or stop while I got my balance back. Now if only his trot was a little less jarring, we'd be in business. We did actually get some slow(er) trotting in today though, about halfway though. Not a jog yet, but a definite speed change within the gait (on request!), which is a new development for us. He also got his booster vaccines today, poor guy. Hopefully they don't make him stiff, but at least he's good for another year now! I hosed him off after the ride and he went and rolled in the dirt immediately, to all appearances enjoying every second of it. Horses.