I swear beyond belief, that they switched the horse on me today. I had a choice of Bella or Harry so I chose Harry. But it wasn’t dependable, well behaved, ploddy Harry, no, that Harry has gone for good it seems. The horse I mounted was a fidgety, nappy pony who just wanted to go, go, go!
I decided to practice getting on from the ground today. I really need to work on this and have no upper body strength it would seem. My RI gave me a few pointers which helped.
I stood at the horse’s neck, reins in my left hand, put my left foot in the stirrup while facing toward his back end, jumped once, then moved in toward his body, jumped again, keeping my heel down and hoisted myself up into the saddle. I’ll get it eventually, but really need to lift some weights I think. Anyone got any tips on mounting? He’s only 14.3 and I’d like to be able to mount him, Bella, Kenny and Shadow who are all 15.3 and below. I know I couldn’t mount Topaz without a mounting block or a leg up.
Anyway, we were mounted on the yard and we had to wait for a few other riders to get mounted. Harry decided he wouldn’t just stand still like a good pony, oh, no he was going to test my patients. I was firm, told him to stand up and he would for a little while, then he’d try to back up. I’d squeeze him on, but Harry wasn’t having any of it.
When we eventually got off the yard, he was forward, happy and yet somewhat strong. I am not used to him being so strong. And every time we stopped it seemed, he’d try and back up. I have no idea what was going on inside that horse’s head today. I exclaimed to my RI, after our first trot, you switched this horse on me. Crazy! He wasn’t the ploddy, reliable Harry I am so used to kicking on, he was raring to go. This has been the third time on him and this time he was pushing me. My RI said it’s because I have the Harry knack now. It really feels like a different horse.
Onto the field we went and got a lovely, long canter. We walked off of the field and down a lane that my RI said we could try and canter on but Harry wasn’t having it, no, no, he didn’t feel he wanted to canter there. I got reins and crop confused a little, head got muddled and I forgot to swap reins into one hand and crop him with the other. Instead, I caught more of my own leg then his side. Yes, go, ahead and laugh. lol. 😉
We kept walking and went and did another trot to go back onto a field. He was napping a little there, and nearly walked backward into Kenny who was behind us. I wasn’t having it any more and firmly told him to walk on, which he did at a brisk speed.
This is not the plod I’m used to!
Back on the field, a lovely canter again, then we stopped and had to adjust the saddle, it was slipping a bit. Then off we went again. My feeling of just getting this horse so easily into canter makes me all that more determined with Bella now. I never dreamed of cantering Harry without help and here I am, having done it on several occasions.
We walked home, pleased with my work. Even when he was fidgety and trying my patience, we got there together.
A huge hug for Mr Harrison and that’s it for another day. Until Saturday.
So maybe I should give Miss Bella another go. See how far I get on her.
Thanks for reading guys,