Hopefully with the school holidays coming I will be able to write more down about riding the horses. All my exams will be finished and I hope the weather will be good.
Anyway this afternoon was good and bad. First the bad, Sammy seems to have come up lame. He was all good yesterday when the farrier came. My instructor thinks maybe the farrier cut his feet a bit shorter than usual (it didn't seem any different to usual though) or something so we are going to leave him a day or two just to see if he comes good.
I lunged him before getting on and he appeared to be off in one of his front legs but I wasn't sure because it kept coming and going and it was only slight. I got on and within the first few strides I knew he was lame so he was unsaddled and put out in the paddock.
We resumed the lesson with just Apache. He was a bit lazy and I never got him to canter but it was good. We had taken the cones out and set them out in a rectangle. I was doing big ovals and figure of eights using that as a guide. We were trotting just about the whole time with a little walking. Apache only really tried to stop when we went passed the horse standing next to the fence or when we went passed my instructor. I managed to keep him going though. I tried to get him into a canter at one stage and he chucked a minor tantrum by kicking one leg out just as I was raised out of the saddle so that threw me forward a it. I'll have to work on getting him to canter but I did keep him going. He was pretty alert and forward most of the time which is pretty good for him. My instructor said he looked like a pretty little show pony tucking up and bending around the corners hehe. I am very with how my ride went with him this afternoon.
I forgot just how bouncy his trot is I hope to be able to sit to it eventually. It was also weird being on a horse who was very willing to stop and wasn't trying to take off every five seconds
. I also bought new boots last week that have very slippery soles, that made it very difficult to mount and my feet were sliding around in the stirrups a bit while I was trying to ride grr.
I have a few photos of them eating dinner afterwards. The boys after their ride and Pepper with her new hair cut.
Oh the thing poking out of peppers neck is my dog with the vet cone on his head sniffing the ground.