Got off work a little early on Wednesday, so decided to do a short ride. Helen rode with me bareback on her horse and we took them out in one of the bigger pastures.
I started North on two new supplements a little over 2 weeks ago. One is the Platinum Performance Wellness and the other is a muscle builder. I really just want to make sure he's getting the vitamins and nutritional support he needs since he's always been kind of on the lazy side and a little hard to get forward and moving. Now? No spurs needed, lol, and I'm having to relearn how to ride him.
For quite some time, when I asked for the trot, we'd start out in a slow jog, and I have to keep pushing him to get more forward. I'd started wearing spurs again just because it was so hard to keep a forward momentum on him. Now he just feels great and no spurs are needed, but I almost have to stop myself from holding him back because I'm not used to the initial jolt of energy! It almost feels like he's running away with me, but once I get him on the aids, it's like we're coasting and it feels amazing.
Part of it too is my reluctance to ask for more when we're outside an arena. There are more outside factors, distractions, and what not so I'm more reserved and cautious. I don't mean to be, but the "what if" is always in the back of my mind and its hard for me to just let go. So I worked on that last night while we were in the pasture. Telling myself he was the same horse whether we were in a pasture or an arena and the same rules applied. So even though we had this HUGE open space and it felt like he was running with me, I didn't pull back, and instead kept asking for more until he went round and settled into the contact. And then when he got there, that feeling of connection came back and I was in control.
Our ride was 20 minutes tops including a short hack we did around the pasture, but it felt really nice. Hurdles one at a time right?