12-13-2008, 08:43 PM
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Well today I went to my trainer's for a lesson. Haven't ridden in a couple weeks so.. yup. XD
If Gizmo were to ever get involved in cutting, he would make one good cow. Lmao
As I think I mentioned on here awhile ago, I was having some trouble with oncoming traffic in warm-up rings and such. Well, I thought we had conquered that... apparently not. I was warming up and we're coming at this other horse and Gizmo reverts back to his ways of drop the front end and spin to the side. Yaaay. So of course I get a little nervous and once we get back to passing that horse I tense up, he goes spin.
My trainer notices this and his daughter gets off that horse Gizmo was being dumb about and my trainer gets on. Comes dead at me. Oh joy. Me being me, I try to just kinda turn away and escape the badness to come. Trainer won't have that. He's coming at me, at a walk mind you, all directions, messing with his horse and all that whilst I'm a nervous wreck and Gizmo dropping and spinning every which way.
So my trainer talks to me, torments Gizmo and I which is really what we need. Starts jogging around me, then his horse did something so he got after it. Well it reared and was just being a little idiot so Gizmo was like OMG WE'RE going to DIE. Scoots and spins around and I'm goin' along with him trying to calm his stupidness down. Trainer gets his horse to chillax and we go back to our fun. It took probably about 10-15 minutes of me being jerked every which way - down, up, left, right oh the fun of it. Finally, I started to get mad because I embraced the fact that hey, I haven't fallen yet so obviously if I can handle all that I'm all right. So, I started doing what I should have been and when Gizmo went one way, he met the nice shiney metal on my heel. And if he proceeded to keep on going that way to get away from that horse, that metal was going to dig in right back at him.
Finally he chilled out and we were able to go around and behave ourselves while a horse is coming at us from all angles.
Yay! That was my fun day. :) I also had to ride with one stirrup for a few minutes (trainer just came up and took the other one off. I was like o.o wth). I found out I ride better with one stirrup. Weird. XD