Worked today (Team Manager as usual now)- got my uniform (shirt and cap) and did a mad dash into teh tack room shed to swap my clothes
Had alot of lessons today, constantly getting horses ready, giving drinks, tacking up/untacking, returning horses to paddocks, and putting horses in the holding yards.
I rode the new OTT gelding today, he went pretty well considering he has not had much training in the way of riding other than training as a racehorse. He has been fattened back up to normal size with a bit still to go (picked up from the meat man), so the fat is also making him feel pretty **** good.
I enjoyed riding him! He is currently for sale, everyone kept telling me I should buy him considering how well he went for me today (also first time I have ridden him) because no one else can or is game enough to control him. He's a good boy - alot to learn, a total spook bug, but man oh man..that movement and his look at me presence... Wow. Can't buy and care for a horse atm, so I wont be buying him, but my instructor/boss has told me if he doesnt sell soon (a girl wants him but keeps making up excuses as to why she doesnt want to ride him, yet will ride others), then I may have him for myself to have as my Project Horse, and can ride him whenever I like - Win win!
Im really looking forward to this, as I really doubt the sale will go through with the girl, my instructor/boss has made it clear if she can't ride him, she wont be able to buy him from her.
The girls that were really getting up my hair, have now become all buddy buddy towards me
guess that's what happens when you are firm that you are boss and things need to be done for a reason, but still have a laugh.
When the lessons were done for the day, me and 4 other girls took the horses that had just been used (walk trot really), untacked them, and rode them bareback (bridles still on) in the arena's, good way for us all to have some fun together, and the first time I had ridden bareback since I was about 12ish.
Had a few keen to help girls today, so that was good for me and for them! One of the girls had a bit of a ride on the new mare that I was going to ride on friday, who is now sound (was lame).
My friend (Laine) came today, she is alot younger than me but really mature for her years! She came to ride the mare (who I rode bareback later that day) but was petrified and litterally crying her eyes red... her mum screaming and swearing at her to get on the horse and get over her tantrum, didnt help. She is not a tantrum kind of girl... she is literally petrified (has come off a few times due to not realising the signs of a horse/balance... and also her fear) so we put her with my instructor/boss to help her out a bit, and she finally got on for her ride - yay! I was glad... because her mum had screamed if she didnt get on the horse, she was never coming back here again
- Laine was mortified, considering she always has to beg her parents to let her come volunteer/ride here. Im so glad she got on, it wont be straight away that her confidence gets up, but the more she gets on and trys, the easier it will become.
Got told the little arab mare they have there, had been sold the day before, and will be picked up next weekend. She's a nice little mare, was abused but is still very trusting in the ways that she always trys to come up to you, and follow you along the fence line if you call her name.
Going to drop in a couple letters down at the racing stable I quit on friday, and the others near it, to help get us some more TB's for the riding school, instead of us having to travel and get them from the doggers, just get them straight from the track, and that way atleast they wont have lost too much condition, as we need more horses of that height right now. Really liking the TB's for riding, they are a bit more high strung (not just stereotyping here) but they are good fun!
Helped in a lesson today, my instructor/boss wanted me to come in with her to let me get an idea of the instructing she would be teaching me, I also helped with the horses leading whilst their riders got the gist of walk/rise trot (beginners). The lady did quite well for a first time on a horse, though she was a bit nervous. Since her boyfriend was doing VERY well (he was cantering by teh end of his lesson
- not bad for his second lesson ever (said he had lessons as a kid but didnt remember enough to use it)... he had such a natural seat and flow, myself and my instructor/boss were in awe! As my instuctor/boss later said, he is a keeper for the lady! My Instructor/boss has already joked about them getting married and the wedding present being a horse for the both of them.