Lots of updates are overdue, including one on baby Moiya (that cute little bay OTTB mare). She spent the last half of the summer carting me around, helping me regain some confidence. We had lots of really great rides, but this fall her future was uncertain. But, I have a great trainer (and I can’t say that enough!) who has taken on Moiya since her owner fell ill and passed away last week. And… after much discussion with DH, we decided to half-lease her!
So luckily, I’m still plunking around on her three days a week, and this half-lease has allowed me to add a second lesson each week when the weather cooperates. I gave her a trace clip at the beginning of January (my first trace clip ever), and she stood like a rock for the entire experience. She got lots of pats and cookies for her patience. Since then, she’s been a bit spicy, the new clip and the colder temps really have her blood pumping, but she’s starting to settle in now.
We’ve been working a lot on the flat, and she gives me opportunity to really focus on myself. I spend a lot of time thinking about keeping my weight in my lower leg, but still allowing my ankle to flex and absorb shock. Moiya is a really good tattle tale, and she’ll let you know immediately as soon as you’re not doing something correctly. Did you let go of your outside rein? She’s curled in so badly you feel like you might fall over. Did you get stiff in your arms at the canter? She’s tossing her head and going faster. This is all really good for me, because she forces me to be correct and I’m learning a lot. The best thing is, she tells you and if you correct it, she continues on happy as a clam.
Plus, having a second horse to ride is really helping me gain the strength and fitness I so desperately need… especially for horse shows!