Simon and I are leaving the honeymoon stage I think. At first it was the Wow! You’re my new horse and you’re amazing in every way and I’m gonna love you forever and ever and ever because you’re the most special creature that was ever created!
That probably lasted from July (when he first officially became mine) until September.
In October through December we were in a different but still honeymoon phase. We had been to two local hunter/jumper shows, and not only did I not fall off and embarrass myself away from showing forever but we also jumped all the jumps. On the first try! In the right order! It was astonishing! Worth more than any ribbon they could have handed me at the show (which is good, because we were handed none haha).
And then he went lame, and I was so sad. Oh so sad. He was never going to get better. Never ever. But behold! Four months later and he was recovering! And then I rode him! And then I trotted him! And all was right with the world.
So I rode, and rode some more. And trotted, and trotted some more. And then I started thinking, Hey – let’s not drop your inside shoulder here. No, lateral work really is going to happen right now. Transitions are your friend, I promise!
In short, we started getting to work.
Ok, not quite like that but I’m excited to be training again and ready! Still taking things very slow. We are riding for 30-45 minutes with a long walk warm up and cool down, and then mixing trotting with lateral work at the walk only. This slow buildup back into strength is
forcing giving me an excellent time to improve our transitions (which were stinky) and lateral work (which was almost non-existence). I need to remember to be patient and not expect him to pick up exactly where we left off. If he’s a bit fussy with his head, that’s okay. Just go forward and go forward properly.
So even though I’m not blinded by rainbows at the barn, I’m so happy and thankful to be riding my sweet boy again and kissing his big white nose when we finish all our trot trot 🙂