Atfer Marla’s collective session yesterday, we wanted to go back for a more private one with Pirouette today
I was tired and not feeling like riding myself, so I just put Joli out to graze for an hour, and watched over the kid. We decided to try a little outside arena riding, for a change. Marla has progressed a lot lately, and I thought she could tackle it
It started reasonaly peaceful, with the pony under control and the kid focused and listening to my directions. However, as soon as I told her to start trotting, Pirouette took off at the lope and tried to bring Marla right back to the stables. Thanks goodness the kid stayed cool as a cucumber and *listened* to her mom (ME !) hollering for her to turn Pirouette around and bring her back. And she did !!!
After that she worked at circling her (on a *small*, prudent circle) around me, in both directions
Then we wisely headed back to the indoor arena 😉
Here the NEX’s native 18-55 lens just couldn’t focus on time, screwing up the picture, but I guess missed shots are part of a photog’s life just as much as successful ones, aren’t they ?
Within the safe enclosed barn, they worked superbly
The traditional end-of-session hug
Here Pirouette got startled… and so did Marla, but she’s pretty much glued in the saddle these days
Then she said “Mama, I think she wants you to ride her” (no idea where that came from !)
I felt too lazy to saddle my own horse, but indulged and got on for a few minutes
Just for the record, this is computer generated background blur, and with moderation I don’t think it looks too phony. What you do think ??