OMG, my baby rode outdoor yesterday. On her new pony. By herself. Geez, I nearly had a heart attack.I’m sure you remember seing that before..
So hearing that Marla rode outside by herself yesterday shouldn’t phsych you as much as it did me. Except last time had a lot of this :
and this :
Supervision at arm’s length, most of the time…
But yesterday was different, on several counts. 1) Marla was pretty much on her own handling her pony from the get go. And 2), we’d never let her ride Pirouette in the open and had little certainty about how the pony would react.
So although I routinely trust Gwen with my kid’s life (and mine, from time to time), and have for over two years now, I wasn’t entirely relaxed at that sight…
Then this one
Gwen sort of trailed after her for a minute
Then she went her way
Thankfully, Pirouette just had some vaccine shots the previous day, and was a little on the tired side
Which I was all the happier for 😉
There is still so much to adapt to, for both of them. Marla went from a positively obese ride, to an underweight one. Well, it goes for equines as well as humans… fat ones are more comfortable to hold ! Pirouette sure looks elegantly fit, but her spine sticks out and her gait is bumpy, so until she puts on a bunch of weight she’s not gonna be very smooth to ride for the kid.
Gwen made an arena of sorts with bits and pieces of jumping equipment
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention my reason for being pysched : the outdoor “arena” is no actual arena at all : there is no fence !!! It’s just a big sandy *open* space, and should Pirouette fancy to take off at full speed with my only child onboard, well… she could.
Thank God she seemed quite content with walking peacefully, or jogging at a slow trot when asked to
Boy, was I grateful 😉
A view of the “limited” working area for the session
So far, so good
It was quite a treat (and a bit of a laugh) to see Marla on her new pony, next to her former weekly schooling mare. Eclaire and Pirouette are pretty much the exact same height, but one is twice as wide as the other ! Eclaire has also the shorter leg and big belly typical of her species, while Pirouette is quite the miniature horse, with narrow chest and long, thin legs…
And again we were blessed with gorgeous weather, spring is a month early this year !
Progressively, they found their space and safety distance
All shots in this post with the CZ 16-70/4
Check out the girth difference 😉
Miss haute couture model, lol
At the very beginning Gwen spotted Pirouette giving that big plastic block the bad eye. She put a piece of horse candy on it and let the mare check it out for a solid minute. Pirouette never as much as glanced at it again after that
The lesson was very basic, just walking and trotting at various paces and alternating seated, posting and standing trot
More or less just getting the kids get a feel of the place and build their confidence and their control over their rides
Which they did pretty well. Later Eclaire got really white hot excited, and Enora had her racing around the arena at top speed a bunch of laps
This kis is fearless and rode like a million bucks
While Marla stood safely in the middle and doted on her pony
Now that’s love, or I don’t know a thing 😉
Before we know it they’ll be hitting the trail
Ggrrrr, the raised hands I hate to see…
Look how thick and fat Eclaire is !! Mind boggling
Of course she’s rail thin, so not much of a comparison point
Overall they did great, and Marla was *thrilled* with her session
And Mama pretty tickled with her pictures
Unclipped + hard work = very sweaty pony
working at the trot
Another view of the instant made schooling area
Can’t get enough of that sight !
After the lesson Marla loves to practice the course all over again, by herself
Those damn hands again
More confident now
I haven’t had much time to touch the adults session pics yet
But I’ll probably post this one again later, I love it !