Guys, I’m so sorry. I haven’t posted for a full week ! The culprit is my new job, that is just *crazy* busy. I managed to spend the afternoon at the stables today (and to fall off my horse, but that’s another story, lol), so I do have a few pics for ya all tonight. All images from the NEX7, either with the 35/1.8 or 16-70/4
I She put Pirouettes’s protective boots on her new plush pony !
I got this gorgeous Eric Thomas saddle on trial for the week-end. It’s beautiful, light, very comfortable… and I can’t seem to find my proper position in it. My riding coach friend says I have to try it again with my leather chaps on, which is supposed to offer more contact and a better leg position. I’ll try that tomorrow, and if I don’t feel better, I’ll have to send it back
The larger, newer indoor arena was being hosed, so we had to revert to the older, smaller barn, with the pyschotic but gorgeous lighting. I liked that 😉
Unfortunately Pirouette sometimes isn’t in synch, and she was slightly annoyed today, so bucked a couple of times (which she did alread on Wednesday). Thank God Marla has developped a pretty sure seat, and she didn’t fall on either occasion, but it sure is a concern. When she was done schooling today, I hopped on Pirouette and worked with for a little while, and she did pretty well with me (though I think she did buck at one point to !)
I don’t have any pictures to share of Joli with his English saddle on (he was gorgeous) but I do have an anecdote about how I took my first fall off him today. I usually ride in a Bona Allen Western saddle, that I cinch suggly but not super tight, so I made the (wrong) assumption that the English saddle would be fine cinched the same amount. It was not ! It started turning slightly when I tried to mount, joli took a step forward, I thought I had time to keep on mounting, but by then he was trotting, which threw me off balance as I wasn’t seated yet, which ended scaring him and sent him bucking. Since I wasn’t even properly in the saddle yet, I went flying straight out ! I landed pretty hard on my left hip, while Joli, stunned, loped to the other side of the arena and stopped to… graze. The rest of the session was uneventful but rather lousy, I was lacking feel and rythm and we didn’t get much good work done. There were some ok parts though, and overall Joli retained his wonderful, even, unemotional state of mind (I love this horse). In the past I would have been upset and restless about a “so-so” session like this one, but getting (a little) better in horsemanship also means getting over this kind of thing, which is really not bad in the great scheme of things. There isn’t a thing as failure, there’s just feedback about what to do better next, and the strong desire to do good by my horse. Hopefully more tomorrow, stay tuned 😉