I’ve been riding Moiya since late Summer 2015, and officially began my half-lease in January. I first fell in love with Moiya when I rode her during the summer last year. Miles was lame and resting, and she saved me from sitting on my ass while all my friends took lessons and went to horse shows. She was a gem from the get-go, and we just clicked (albeit inexplicably, because no one was more surprised than me). Over the winter, she was a bit difficult, especially over fences. But during my lesson last Monday, I got a glimpse of the mare I originally fell in love with.
My catch ride, the littlest bay OTTB mare Moiya, continues to be my saving grace through the continuing trials with Miles. Typically I ride her 2-3 times a week, including one lesson over fences. We’ve been practicing a lot of the items on my goals list, like posting without stirrups, leg yields and a faster canter pace. She’s teaching me so much about being soft, yet firm throughout my entire body. My last lesson really showcased where we’re at together, I think.
Last summer, about 10 days before a horse show, I took a nasty fall off Miles. He slammed on the brakes right before a white coop and I went over the jump without him; neither Trainer nor I saw it coming. My hip hurt so badly I went to the ER to get it x-rayed, convinced I’d broken something. Luckily I didn’t, but it wasn’t a quick recovery for me and ever since I’ve been terrified of the coop. Of course at the horse show immediately following this incident, there was a brown coop in the ring that Miles jumped several times with no problem.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been riding the little bay Thoroughbred mare, Moiya, you met two weeks ago. Due to a tough situation completely out of my control, she’s become somewhat of a regular on my schedule in addition to her once-a-week IEA lesson. I’m definitely not complaining — I’ve loved being able to ride this awesome mare — but I do wish that the reason was different. Anyways, While Miles is out of commission (he threw a shoe on Sunday and is now brewing an abscess), I’ve also been taking my weekly lessons on Moiya. So far, it’s been really educational and a lot of fun.
It can be difficult to find time to ride during the winter, when the temperatures drop and the roads aren’t great. Even those of us who enjoy a hectic show season during the summer sometimes lack motivation in the winter to work, work, work. Instead of constantly battling with myself, I try to embrace these feelings by going back to basics and slowing down during the winter. I don’t stop riding, but I focus more on groundwork and flatwork, both of which are key to success in the saddle and over fences.