Monday night, I faced my fear again and rode Ritz. I have no problems with this horse as long as I don’t have to canter her. Once the cantering starts, everything falls apart like a house of cards. Her rocking canter intimidates me, but I just have to work through this somehow.
We cantered the right lead first, which had me popping out the saddle with every stride. I concentrate on being relaxed and deep in the saddle, but it just doesn’t work. After being terrified in that direction, I turned her around and asked if we could go the other way so I could get my nerves back in order.
First way, no problem. I sat down in the saddle and everything was good. Then we turned around again and everything started sucking again. I don’t understand my phobia about the right lead and it’s really starting to bug me. And of course M says that now we will work more on the right lead, which is something that we should have been doing all along, I think. We spend a lot more time going the first way than the second.
I am taking a break from riding until Friday. Blondie should be in by then, and I can start riding both her and Nyk. I hope that she enjoyed her break and that her mouth is all nice and soft again. Hope I don’t mess it up again…