Thereâ€™s actually a hint of spring in the air!! I wonder how long it will last before we get blasted by another bout of cold weather. I was actually excited at the prospect of riding again â€“ itâ€™s been so cold that it has been a challenge to be appropriately enthusiastic. (Revised - the hint of spring has been replaced by gusty, cold winds)
D had already worked Blondie, and to be honest, I wasnâ€™t expecting that I would ride her again for the group lesson until we get some of the kinks worked out between us. I was given my choice of which horse to ride, and since Gio still had ice baggies hanging from his door, I figured he was out of the running. I decided on Jimmy, because heâ€™s more of a challenge than Harley, and itâ€™s been a while since the last time I rode him.
M warmed him up for me, and she said that heâ€™s a lot like Blondie, only more broke. He has the same issues; if you donâ€™t sit on him, he starts doing the cha-cha and he speeds up. When I got on, she told me to concentrate on keeping him at a steady cadence, and on sitting back in the saddle. After she watched for a while, she said that I was bumping him with my lower leg, which was sending him to a faster pace. The same thing was happening at the canter; my lower leg is not steady, and I keep bumping the horseâ€™s side. This tells the horse to go faster. I seem to have a problem keeping my leg turned in, my toes in, my butt in the saddle, and my back straight. Oh, and my hands steady so Iâ€™m not yanking on the horseâ€™s mouth the whole time. I thought that I was coordinated, but I am obviously mistaken.