So we trotted around each direction then I took up the reins but stayed on the lunge line so I had some control but the security of the lunge line. This concept worked really nicely since it seems once I work well on the lunge line at trot I tend to lose a little bit of it when 100 % on my own. The lesson went really well!
After I untacked Divine and brought her back to her hay meal I visited the other mares in their stalls. Mystic Magic, known as Brownie, actually came up to me in her stall and let me pet her for a bit. This was the first time she's done that, usually she doesn't seem too interested in getting love from me. Pstar is the one who always comes up to me, her or Psylk. Of course Sala is the boss mare so she always wants some love or carrots from me. I enjoyed stroking Brownie's soft neck and cheek but eventually I had to head home.
|Brownie (Mystic Magic)|
We did some trotting. Willy trots very fast; even posting can be difficult since his stride is quite choppy. I was having trouble with sitting the trot as well and then when I tried to bring him back to the walk, even with my alternating contact on the reins to slow him down he threw his head up in the air. Aside from using a martingale I don't know what I can do to prevent the head tossing or to get him to slow down more fluidly and reduce the pace at the trot to something more reasonable. I'll have to run that by Laurie, maybe she can teach me some things to help me work with him. The ride went very well, I had a lot of fun seeing the neighborhood, I might be tempted to see what the price range is since the land is pretty horse-friendly; not that Steve and I want to sell our home any time soon but I think the next home we buy will need have acreage for our future horses. The views were quite nice too, I could see the whole front range. Some of the houses were very well built and well taken care of, it was a nicer neighborhood than I expected!
On the way back to the stable, I worked Willy in trot and walk transitions trying to get his gait a little more "collected" or at least slowed down to the pace of a "normal" trot. Fast trots are just so bouncy I'd rather just go up into the canter but I'm determined to get the sitting trot down perfectly. I'm did the Patrick Swayze move and tried to keep that image in my head when I rode; it seems to help me visualize what I need to do and release my core while in the saddle. We neared Meridian and Willy picked up the pace but then stopped short for a second when he noticed a cute donkey approaching the fence line. I wished Steve was with me since the donkey was so adorable he would have just died. Steve wants a horse sure but once we get property and move our future boarded horses to it, a donkey will be the next pet to arrive. He loves them! Willy seemed a bit nervous at the flapping plastic again but didn't freak out quite as much as we passed this second time. I reassured him and then praised him as we passed the evil entity.
I learned today that it's harder to keep my toes in on my left leg; something I was working on during the ride was my leg position and that leg wasn't quite as good as the other. I learned I need to get a lesson on opening gates and perhaps what do do about Willy evading the bit by tossing his head upwards. All in all though it was a lot of fun to get out of the riding rink. I'll eventually expand my "trail ride" and go out towards Peyton but for now I'll keep to the neighborhoods.