I love my horse!
It was blowing an absolute gale yesterday, as many of you can understand I was slightly nervy about getting on the youngster whose barely been ridden in months in evil wind!
Obviously started with A LOT off groundwork. The slightly unnerving corner of the arena (the one with all the trees) was scary again but this time REALLY SCARY. So all our groundwork was done in this corner. Even just at a walk on the line she was jumpy so we did lots of walk trot and I tested her at canter / gallop. She wasn't completely quiet but was coping although jittery.
After much thinking I decided I would get on. I moved the mounting block out of the scary corner and she was pretty good. Still fidgety getting on though. I'm trying to avoid too much bouncing in the stirrup as I think that might be part of the issue.
Got on, emergency stop to each side a few times and a nice rub on the head. We moved off at work. To begin with I avoided the scary corner, figured I'd settle her before making her jumpy!
She did so well! Remember gale force winds. Had a few slight jumpy moments but just a step to the side. We did get attacked by a fairy (those little seed things) she pulled a vey funny face at that.
I decided I'd try the trot. She did well the first trot, slow trot half way up the side of the arena. She came back nicely to walk.
Second trot not as great on a 20m circle she sped up a bit too much then was a bit resistant to come back, ahh the emergency stop! She complained a bit about the pressure on her nose so started tossing her head around a quick bop with the rope stopped it. It's how I'd deal with it in hand and it translates well.
The next trot went a lot better and we maintained it for a few Laps with changes of diagonal and circles. I was happy with that so stopped her for a min then walked another lap and hopped off.
All in gale force winds! I love my horse
The scary corner