Well, only I fall down, evidently. During a display of fireworks today, I fell off of Blondie. The smoke bombs get her going, and I was doing great, until I tried to make her march through the middle of the yellow smoke. She zigged and I zagged, right out of the saddle. I knew I was going over, though, so this time I was able to get my feet out the stirrups and land on my butt. It figures that I would fall off of the taller horse, though. I was irritated with myself for getting dumped, and after I got back on, I made sure I didn’t let her get ahead of me again. She felt like a million bucks, kept her ears up, and worked well for me after that. Guess you do need a setback every now and again to get back on track.
After the rodeo ride on Blondie, Nyk was a piece of cake. He felt chargy and heavy in his bridle, but M said that he looked great at the canter. I am trying to sit back farther in the saddle and use my seat more effectively, and also trying to bump him up with my legs more than my hands. I just feel that he starts to bear down on the bridle and then I am not riding effectively anymore.
Tuesday I rode Ritz, and while I still dislike her big, bouncy canter, I was able to sit it better by pushing my feet forward and sitting back as far as possible in the saddle. The left lead is always better than the right lead, but they were both about the same as long as I was doing that.
Wednesday I didn't ride. The heat index was 97 at 3pm. and the thought of having to cool out one of the horses after working in that hot and humid weather just wasn’t appealing. Instead, all three of us got a break.
The temps were a little cooler on Friday, and I rode Blondie for the first time in two weeks. She was very sluggish, and the bugs are eating her alive. She got a shot of an anti-inflammatory after she worked, because the mosquitoes left her neck a mass of bumpy bites. During the lesson, we worked on cantering figure 8s again, which I can’t believe that I still can’t do. I have some kind of mental condition that doesn’t allow me to understand how to do patterns. Ugh! And I am thinking about embarrassing myself at Dayton and riding in the adult equitation class. I must be nuts, and we are going to have to practice patterns all the way until the show.
In other news, the puppy has gotten so big in the past two weeks! I won’t be able to pick her up for much longer. She was full of puppy cuddles today, and it is amazing how happy puppies can make you feel.