When I was younger, I never really put much thought into my rides. I’d tack up, hop on and go; sometimes I would work on a specific element of a pattern (I did more Equitation and Horsemanship classes back then), but there was never much structure to those rides. Now that I’m older though, I try to have more of a plan in place… although of course with horses it’s always important to be flexible. Recently, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into my rides on Miles, to give us both the best chance for success.
Wow, time flies when you’re busy. I kind of fell off the face of the (blogging) Earth for a few weeks, and for that, I apologize. But never fear, I have lots of updates coming your way, to show you just how busy I’ve been. Earlier this year, I’d set a goal for myself to have our entire house painted by spring. Spoiler alert: my entire house isn’t painted. But we have made lots of progress on several rooms, so get prepared for a slew of house update posts.
Part of being an equestrian is accumulating all of the stuff that horses and riders need: tack, blankets, clothing, boots and bits. It seems that just about every equestrian has their own arsenal of bits, and we’re constantly borrowing bits to find one that works. Some horses change bits more than others… and in the last few years Miles and I have gone through a few rounds of “musical bits.”