Iím getting bored
When I agreed to take Teddy, I made a personal commitment to ride him at least twice a week in addition to a weekly lesson. This is because I felt like it wasnít right to take him and then let him get out of shape and out of training. Thatís been going pretty well. Several weeks ago, I learned that Pony hasnít been getting any rides aside from my once-a-week lesson on him. So I committed to riding him at least twice a week outside the lesson also.
Iím already starting to feel a little, I guess, bored with this. Yesterday I rode both of them. I rode Teddy for about 45 minutes in the arena, doing lots of ground poles, circles, serpentines, and mostly trotting. That sounds boring, and it was.
Then I rode Pony. I decided to ride him out in the field. That went fine for a few minutes, then we had some arguments about where we were going (donít worry, I won) and at what speed (also won). We went up and down a lot of little hills trotting and walking, to work on his muscles and endurance. Once he stopped fighting and settled down, it got kind of boring so we headed back. I let him canter on the way back (heís normally pretty pokey so that was fun). That was actually pretty useful, since heís easy to canter in the field Ė he has a small, smooth canter, I donít have to worry about what lead Iím on, and thereís no turn coming up to worry about. I spent the time thinking about and working on my seat, my hands, trying to get a better feel for the motion Ė that was great. Then we went into the ďoutdoorĒ arena (itís just a normal arena that has no fence) and cantered around a little, and he totally acted up, ducking out hard, cantering sideways, and then stopping and doing mini-rears when I got after him for the first stuff. So that was fun. I got him under control and we did a lot of trotting in circles and serpentines, tiny turns, all around all of the obstacles that were in the arena. He eventually settled down. And after some time of that I got bored and stopped. I guess all of that lasted maybe 35-40 minutes.
So obviously the second ride wasnít that boring, overall, but I still got bored by the end of it. I donít know, maybe it wasnít boredom, maybe it was just being tired of doing it? Or maybe thatís the same thing?
My question is, how can I keep putting rides on these guys and make it less boring for myself? Or make it more interesting/pleasant for myself? Because that ride on Pony was about half boring and half not boring, but I was still feeling bored by the end of it. FWIW I donít get bored in lessons with them, maybe because Iím often being asked to do new things and itís a challenge for me.