Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: New Hartford, CT
I had another lesson tonight, only one more lesson until show day :) My trainer switched my horse tonight, most likely only for the show, but who knows, lol. I was riding Romeo, but when my trainer showed him this weekend, she said he was pretty spooky and excitable in the ring, and he spooks fairly often in lessons as well. She thought for my first show that I should be on someone a little more dependable, aka, Fritz.
I tried him out tonight, he's recovering from a suspensory injury, and he's completely sound, but they're waiting longer to canter him, which is fine for me because I'm just trotting right now anyway. We had some fairly large downpours this afternoon before my lesson, so the arena was muddy and the footing was pretty bad.
He's a little pokey, lol, but he's very sweet, and does everything I ask for. It took some time to get him into a nice trot, and his trot is much slower than Romeo's is, but I partially blame the footing. There were a lot of puddles and half the arena was unusable.
I'm going to ride him again on Saturday, hopefully in dry conditions, to see what he can really do. I was somewhat hesitant to push him too hard because of his injury.
He's a beautiful bay gelding, about 15.3 hands or so, and a complete goofball. Nickered at me everytime I walked by him after we were done, and stood completely quietly while I hosed him off. I think we'll be good friends.
All in all, a good lesson. Finally trotted in 2-point without feeling like I was falling over, which was so nice. Also, as he doesn't rein western, I really have to focus on steering him properly, which is much better for me in the long run.
It's almost time, I'm so excited for show day!!!!