I had a bad week at school, so I been looking forward to today. I went out to my instructor's place, and had my lesson. My lesson today was my WP seat, and training horses into the correct frame. I rode Boz, a 15.2 paint gelding. He's pretty quiet and he's got the cutest temperament. He's about 4 or 5, I think. My instructor was like "Why don't you take Boz in a trail class?" and I showed her why I shouldn't. I can't side pass on an L to save my life, I can't back through an L to save my life either. But I can do the bridge, and open gates
Apparently, my seat is coming along nicely. I don't really think so. My instructor made me ride with no stirrups, so how can my seat be good if I don't have stirrups? I'm pretty sure you have stirrups in the show ring
After my lesson, I pretty much just chilled and helped clip some horses. I got a lot of compliments on my riding today, I wish I had a video or some photos.
After everyone had done their lessons, or finished in the ring, the adults went for a trail ride, with us kids riding bikes or walking. We actually went up the rode to the winery, and had a bit of a poke around up there. I was meant to ride Lacey, when we got back, but Mum picked me up. I forget to mention I did a lot of ground work, with my other instructor's foal, Bunny. How cute is her name? It pretty much just involved me draping my body across her back, neck, hind-quarters etc. She is pretty much desensitized to being touched now. I was a bit worried when my instructor was like rub under her belly, go brush her tail, pat her hindquarters but everything worked out well because I took things slowly with her. She's still got the fluffy foal hair, but its shedding, and I ended up with it all over my shirt.
Tomorrow, I'm going to see a yearling gelding. He looks pretty from the pictures I've seen and apparently his gaits are to die for. I'm a bit nervous about seeing him, but my sister and mum are coming with me, so I'll have support. The thing I guess that worries me the most is picking up his hind feet. I mean, I don't know this horse, and what if he spooks when I try to pick them up? I understand he's still a baby, but I just have a thing with hind feet. I had a bad experience a year ago, and I'm still touchy around young horse's hind feet. I really do like how pretty this boy is, and if his temperament turns out nice, I wouldn't mind getting him. The bad news is, though that we're moving. So I will no longer have nice pretty paddocks. We're not moving far, but I will miss my property. We're having to hunt for agistment for my mum's and sister's horses and mine.
I also have a show next weekend on Sunday. I'm missing out on my brother's 18th cause I'm camping at the show-ground. I'm such a traitor Oh well, I won't be missing much. I''m not looking forward to school, but the thought of the show will get me through the week.
These are the events I will most likely be doing:
1. Halter classes (not sure which because the mare I normally show is out of action, so I might be showing Lacey? Or Boz?)
2. Youth Showmanship
3. Hunter in Hand (Maybe, depends on the horse I take)
4. Beginner Rider Trail (Yes I do suck at trail. )
5. Western Pleasure Open Walk/Jog
6. Youth Western Pleasure. (Maybe depends on how his lope is on the day.)
I'm not doing many riding classes but oh well. I know there is a lot of halter classes, and I'll just grab one of my instructor's horses and show it and get it some points.