For the first time since I became a horse owner sixteen years ago, I find myself falling into the weekend warrior category. At first I thought I’d be able to maintain my four day a week riding schedule through this transition period, but I’ve decided that just isn’t realistic. I have a lot of visitors/help in town, and I both want to see these people and chip away at my to do list during the week. When I did ride Tuesday evening last week, I spent about two hours in traffic just to get to the barn. Not my favorite or a good use of time.
The good news is, I can get a training ride during the week to fill in the gap and my horse is an awesome saintly type who doesn’t need riding 6 days a week. Thank you Simon pants for being the bestest.
My awesome pro friend was visiting last week, so Saturday when we headed to the barn she hopped on Simon. She’s ridden him before several times and likes him (who doesn’t? Just kidding), so it’s fun for me to see how they are together as he grows.
He was a good boy, even with her asking for higher levels of flatwork than I typically do. You’ll see in the video if you’re bored and want to watch it, that at first he’s like “Ugh hard!” but ugly faces are the most he does to protest. Once he knew what she wanted, he tried to do it.
Of course, Simon might have been on his best behavior because of this…
My mom texted me and said, “I sent Simon some horse treats!” I thanked her, and then realized when it arrived a few days that it was the largest box in the world. Simon was very pleased, I can assure you.
On Sunday, both my friend and I rode in a lesson. I hadn’t done courses since the horse show in early June, so both me and my horse were a bit rusty. Our warmup went well – Simon jumped the new liverpool folded out most of the way with no complaints, so that made me happy. The first course was very wild & wooly. I wasn’t balanced in the saddle at all, he was sticky over some jumps and I let him dive into every corner. Not. Pretty.
The second one was much better, and we ended on that. Changes were pretty non-existant on Sunday, but since I fixed the pace issue and went deeper into my corners I considered that a win. Can’t expect to be perfect with the limited riding time.
Even if I can’t ride much during the week right now, it’s still nice to get into my weekend lesson routine again.