My lesson last night started out well. I got to the barn early and had time to chat with the girls before we tacked up. And that’s about where the good ended. As soon as I got on Vinnie looked like this:
We warmed up, did some transitions, trotting and various circles, serpentines, etc. to no avail. He has definitely been strong lately, but last night he was on a whole new level. Don’t get me wrong, Vinnie isn’t bad — he wasn’t spooking or bucking or carrying on. He was just feeling really good — too good for 2′ horse for beginner riders. We trotted a ground pole and he launched into the air and cantered away. This from the horse that three weeks ago was moving at a snails pace to the left. So we ended up switching bits to a pelham before even attempting to canter. The bit changed definitely helped, but my experience with double reins is about almost nothing (except for the stint in middle school where I pretended to ride Saddle Seat). I pretty much wore this expression for the first 10 minutes:
|Dizzy with Double Reins|
After I settled in to my (considerable amount of) hardware, we got to work. I’ve been working on following more over the fences, and last night I had some success. Probably about 60 percent of the time, I do well. But when I don’t really see a distance, or if I see a long one very late, I just pose.
|This is what you’re supposed to look like over the fence, right?|
I felt like I didn’t get to work too much on this, mostly because I was schooling Vinnie the entire lesson. We circled before and after fences, we stopped before and after fences and we did transitions. And I thought he was going to pull my arm out of its socket. About 30 minutes in to our 45 minute lesson, I was about done. Vinnie’s antics were really starting to get to me and I was pretty frustrated.
But I held it together and we finished on as good of a note as we could. Hosed the wild pony and turned him out… which I think was where he wanted to be the whole time anyways. But, on to the next ride! Trainer is taking him on a long trail ride today or Thursday, so maybe that will help mellow him out some — I sure hope so anyway! Otherwise this might be me at the show this weekend: