I didn't take any pictures the last time I rode Willy on Sunday July 11th. I was pretty tired from being in Salida with Steve for a brew fest with his Home brew Club. We had a lot of fun there, but that would be another blog all together!
Willy was moved again but this time back in his old run and was with a grey...mare? gelding? honestly I didn't look that closely because Willy was right at the gate looking at me, ready to go. I decided to buy a halter, they are cheap and I loath those rope ones. I worry I don't tie them right and with one swift move of Willy's head he could be halter free....not my idea of fun. So I purchased a standard buckle halter....green of course, slipped it on him and lead him to the outside wash rack area since the indoor ring was occupied. The only issue I had with him was the polo wraps. I had three on and was working on the last hind leg. He kept lifting up his leg and holding it there. Not exactly easy to apply the polo! I looked for a cut or bug bite that maybe was causing him irritation but I think he was just being a little pill! I finally got those wraps on and proceeded with the saddle and bridle.
I decided that I would ride in the big ring today for fun. We started out walking the entire edge of the ring and then I had Willy weave in and out of some cones that were left there and then walk over some ground poles. Nothing too challenging! I worked on spiraling in and out on a ciracle using one cone as the central point, not too bad! Then we did some trotting, I just can't seem to sit the trot with him very well. He was an endurance horse so maybe a slower trot is not in him? I've tried and he may trot slowly for a few strides but then go into a walk. I have to constantly get him started, slow him down but then he walks and then I try to get him trotting again...it gets frustrating and on Sundays I like to take it easy. I like to practice a little but not worry too much about perfection, that type of goal is best when I have an instructor critiquing my riding! So we just did posting trot, which was a little hard to keep consistent but then I realized it was most likely because the riding ring was on a hill. As we went up the short side Willy picked up a little speed to get up the hill, on the other short side as we went downhill he seemed to slow down a bit...actually that was fine with me since trotting down a hill isn't very smooth to say the least! Too bad the ring wasn't graded flat, that would actually not be too difficult. Once I realized the ring was slanted I had Willy walk up and down the long sides across the grade of the arena. That made riding the trot much more consistent.
Willy's a cute old man. I untacked him, groomed him and gave him his usual hugs before heading home. It was Sunday afternoon and I was starting a new job on Monday! Happy riding!