Last Sunday for my lesson, my horse was “wild.” Believe me, I am just as shocked as you.
Now don’t get me wrong… Simon is still my wonder horse. In fact, his wildness makes me laugh more than makes me annoyed. I’ll try to give you a play by play of the lesson as best I can, since there’s no media proof that any of these events happened. You’ll just have to trust me.
He warmed up like a Grand Prix dressage star (note: this may be some exaggeration) but as soon as he saw the first jump he pretty much switched modes on me.
Warmup trot jump? Oh no, we’re going to power canter this SOB.
I’ll skip the details, and just try to help you visualize what Simon is like when he is wild. Wild Simon takes every long spot possible to every fence I let him.
Wild Simon “bucks” when you ask for a change… or a tight roll back… or something in a corner.
Unfortunately for Simon, no one takes his bucks very seriously.
Wild Simon gives expressive head shakes after fences over 2’… so he can show his artistic abilities as well as athleticism.
When Wild Simon gets too wild, sometimes you have to pull him up two strides before the 18″ vertical that he’s dragging you too.
Wild Simon realizes he’s in trouble when this happens, and he doesn’t like being in trouble… despite being wild. Therefore, every course after Wild Simon will really slow down when you ask.
Like, really slow.
Because even though he is wild, he is sure not to get in trouble twice.
This is why I love Wild Simon, even if he is very silly indeed.