Grand has been out of commission for 3 days.. today I checked if he can work, he was a bit lame, so I just reminded ground manners and did some liberty leg yielding. Though not sure how much good that gives us now, even though my trainer tells me to work with that, a LOT now..
Basically, I get about 1 h riding lesson (had 3 now, today was longest) where I have to work on my posture again (not riding properly has made me lose most of my skills) and lots of leg yielding. Favorite exercise in the lesson? Walk a million squares to get one corner taken out correctly. Ok, trainer took me closer at some point to show how he can really do it, but we have a looooooong way to go, especially because her horse has gone a bit lazy too - he likes blobbing around with kids on his back, they cannot make him work. My task is to learn to make his hindquarters work HARD.
But overall he gives me excellent experience (that horse) and sore muscles all over. As my trainer told me, I am long past beginner riding, now it is time to start reaching dressage test levels. Stop being lazy and work hard.
So ye.. Grand is going to be next training object (i will be riding both horses whenever possible).
And Stable owner asked us to take his horse again, as he is up for sale and soon a buyer might come... Ok, no probs, he needs to be worked and it is more experience for me.
Ok, he was lunging a lot better than a few days ago when my friend lunged him, he was calmer, more relaxed and trying to focus. (also, he has history of bucking people off and he has massive sway back from birth almost, first foal, injured his leg a few days old, was on stall rest for over a month). I got him worked on the lunge and got a person to hold the lunge while I ride him a bit (he is not 100% safe off the lunge).
He was doing fine, walking, getting him used to the outer rein, getting him used to people talking around and on him, touching from being on his back. Oh, he did panic a bit while I was trying to slowly get on, but I stuck to the saddle hanging on his side, praised him when he stood still for a moment, got off and we started again. He was stressed about it, but he is getting used to it slowly.
Then at some point he panicked about something, tried to bolt, but got him back immediately (he is still not cantered under saddle, I don't know how many rides he has), trotted around no problem. He got scared of a praise, touched his neck a bit harder, and he bolted, was hard to bring him back and get him used to having his neck and chest touched from rider. He calmed down and I wanted to get off..
My life went past my eyes. Threw those thoughts out of my head and kept sitting. I was already turned to throw my leg over his back and get down, when he flipped. I don't know how I turned back, pulled myself in the saddle, held on for dear life and sat his bucks with grace. It felt like I am learning to sit a rodeo horse. I was grateful that the saddle is quite comfy. I was grateful that I have some quick responses. I stayed one, got control over him, and then we had a dilemma how I can get off without being injured.
My friend rode her horse/his best buddy next to us, so he stands a bit better maybe and I quickly made my escape. While still shaking I decided I cannot trust a teenager to take his things off as he panics about legguards too and sometimes the saddle. So took those off and instructed to take him into the pasture with the bridle, carefully take it off and leave him be.
I sat down and stopped moving for a while, didn't even care that the grass was wet.
That horse is downright crazy. Ok, I know, he needs a lot more basic work. But holy cow he is just a nervous wreck.
His owner asked me, if I don't want to ride him in the evenings before the seller comes.. I am not quite sure about that...