Had the first private lesson in a while (my brother got a detention, the loser) - godDAMN was it hard!! He was using his hindend and really pushing, especially in the trot. We covered so much ground, it felt like 3 strides for the entire longside! We were struggling in the canter though...he was still picking up the wrong lead on the left rein consistantly, and he wouldn't turn! Had to run him into the fence, and I got my leg crushed against it :((( But all in all, we learnt a lot! I definitely want to do more private lessons - just maybe in a couple more weeks lol.
It was the camp! We went to a different place (forgot the name, lol). I didn't actually get to camp, but I went to the rally on the second day. First we had dressage in the indoor arena, and he was great. He picked up the right lead after only one or two tries, and he turned really well! I think it was because I was anticipating the turn, plus there was other people down the end, so I was more insistant. Wouldn't want to run anyone over!!
After that we had cross country, aaaaand that's not really
my thing. If I'm being honest, it scared me crapless and he definitely picks up on that. It's weird, because cross country is the only place he'll actually misbehave. Like, he gets nervous other places, but never like he does on cross country. I think he picks up on the fact that I'm scared of it, and I don't get scared about other stuff, like trail rides or whatever. He was pretty funny though. He picked up a branch and was munching on the leaves. He also did this weird thing, where we were walking to the next jump all relaxed, loose reins, no stirrups, and out of no where he just LEAPS forward. And then he just stops and keeps walking...like yeah, I'm good now, just had to get that outta my system.
I want to do cross country on my little brother's pony, who is really chill about it, to gain confidence, but my parents say I have to work through it on Ninja first so...I dunno.
And last we had show jumping, and Ninja was an absolute STAR
There were poles set out on a twenty metre circle, but only on one side. And a jump, so you'd go over the poles and then turn to the jump. He did so well!!!! The instructor kept going 'wow!!' and stuff. He was tucking his legs in like a fancy show jumper!! (apparantley, my dad didn't get any photos so I couldn't see). We jumped the highest we've done so far - around 75cm. And we did an A-frame! He turns into some kind of seasoned veteran in the show jumping ring, I swear. He's just like, hang in there, I've got this.
Mum said I should give Ninja a break, so I rode someone else for the lesson. I started out on Paris, who's a little Australian pony we're bringing back into work after a 6month break - she tore a muscle. She's SO fun to ride!! And after that I moved onto Splash, who has ringbone and is on-and-off lame. She's really sensitive! And she's got the best trot to sit to, it's so smooth. I think if she was easier to stop and not lame, she'd be great to trail ride. You can trot all day on her, it's great.
I really enjoyed riding different horses - it's nice to see how the skills I'm learning on Ninja apply to everyone else.
I probably won't ride til' Saturday, cos ah...I may have procrastinated on some schoolwork a bit too much. But, on Sunday Riders Without Horses are doing some horse soccer, and I want to do that on Ninja, so I'm gonna try and bring him along. We'll see how it goes.
And some more photos!!