Another crappy day! Itâ€™s April 11, and itâ€™s snowing! Then, as I was getting ready to go to the barn, it started sleeting. Wonderful!
I rode Sammy, because M believes that after struggling with him, I ride better. He can be rather challenging, but in a different way than Blondie. With Blondie, Iâ€™m always waiting for her to duck out on the corners or spin around from the back gate; her main focus is getting out of work. With Sammy, the struggle is to keep him focused on what heâ€™s supposed to be doing, instead of what he wants to do, which seems to be going as fast as he possibly can.
Since I donâ€™t have to worry so much about him being stupid and going anywhere other than forward, I was able to concentrate on me this lesson. I worked on sitting back, and M said that my back looked really good. I worked on keeping my knees rolled in and my heels down, though at the canter I lost whatever correct position I had. I was able to canter the rail instead of just going around in little circles. I even tried to use another horse as a blocker so he wasn't charging full-steam ahead. This was a lot of work! When we dropped back to a walk, I headed into the middle to catch my breath, and was surprised that I was steaming more than the horse. It wasn't even that cold out!
Saturday is the academy show, and M said that Robert is going to ride Blondie, too. I said that it would be great if he rode before me, to get her a little settled down, but I usually ride in the first class. M told me that she's thinking of switching my classes around so he will show first. Unfortunately, this also means that I'll have to ride in an equitation class. Boo.