Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Thankyou! How has Sky been going lately? I don't think I have seen any updates.
Tuesday, 19th of March
Block week is here and I have already done maths, which was easy. I have today off so I might head out to ride the pony, clean his blankets and give him a bath. It is quite hot outside at the moment, so hopefully he appreciates the cold water.
I did manage to get out and ride on Sunday, and to my very pleasant surprise, I am not sore! My elbows were atrocious, sticking out all over the place. Gah. Bad habits are hard to break. I was focusing on keeping my leg turned to the inside and stable, which was going fairly well. I need to straighten my shoulders and my back, and keep my arms in a straight, solid line. His canter transitions were very, very nice. I am so glad we didn't go back to square one with those. He was a bit tight in the back during the trot, but he was nice and relaxed in our walk, reaching for the contact and using his end nicely.
This months muster is showjumping based, but I don't think I will take him. I would like him to gain a little more fitness and muscle before we do a heaped load at muster. I am trying to make riding enjoyable for him and change his work ethic, even a little bit. Or... I could just pull him out half way through.. I don't know. I'll see how I feel.
My sister came out and snapped some photos of Sunday. Some are screen shots as per usual. (There is one where I look ridiculously tall on him... I am pretty sure I was in mid rise... I hope.)
E.T.A: These screen shots are really blurry, I don't know why. Sorry about that!
Have a great day!
There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky