Back to reality for a bit. Iíve put my dreams of owning an Icelandic horse aside for now - recognizing that this tumultuous time in my life of major transitions including my promotion at work is not the best time to be making major life decisions. Grad school and horse ownership are still both on the table for my upcoming path. Iíll continue to admire Icelandic horses through some Facebook groups Iíve joined, and - as discussed above - hope to make it up to Vermont for an Icelandic trail ride within the next couple of months.
Iím going to be brief on my lesson update from yesterday. It was great to get back to the barn and Sundae, but Sundae got a big bite out of my arm while I was trying to slowly girth her. This was the worst of the total of 3 bites Iíve had from her in the few years Iíve ridden her because she got my bare skin since I was wearing short sleeves. I think I naively believed slowly girthing her on the cross-ties would prevent any major outbursts, and let my guard down.
Iíve never heard she shows this extreme girthiness with other riders, and my trainer is also a professional saddle fitter. While she regularly comments my saddle isnít great for me, she approved it for use on Sundae. Since pain seems to be off the table as the issue, I now honestly have been letting it get to my head that maybe this is personal - maybe Sundae legitimately doesnít want me to ride her. Anyway - in the moment it happened I thought I was going to end up in the ER with a chunk out of my arm, but she thank goodness didnít break the skin - just scraped and bruised it. The mark takes up about half of my arm and hurts like aÖ
I still forced myself to enjoy my lesson. We did the same exercise I outlined a month or so ago - leg yielding from quarter line to wall at trot, pick up canter at wall. It was overall decent but not particularly memorable. I think Iím craving more lately...more than just this one short lesson a week with somewhat repetitive exercises. I may need to change things up a bit, but Iím not sure how without breaking the bank.