Blondie in skinnier days
Monday's lesson was the last for about 3 weeks. M is out of town this week to judge a horse show, and they leave for Oklahoma on Monday. I decided the ride Blondie in the western saddle to confirm that I could get it on her correctly by myself. I actually think it's easier to put on then the cut back. Go figure.
Towards the end of the lesson, M gave me things to work on by myself. She said that Blondie knows how to travel along the rail, and now it's time to start teaching her new things. I should work patterns with her, just circles, figure 8s and serpentines. Nothing complicated, and don't spend a lot of time on them. Don't overwhelm her. Don't forget to praise her when she does something right. I think that was something that I wasn't doing. She told me that I need to talk more to my horse. That should be easy enough to work on!
It was very humid, and Blondie was just soaked when we finished. M commented that she's getting pudgy, too. Now that she's out of shape and had put on weight from eating all the grass that's available to her, it's a good thing that I plan on stopping by the barn to ride her every night on my way home from work! We'll both get a little exercise now.