After a few very successful weeks, conquering the ploddy pony Harry, I thought I’d try my hand at Miss Bella’s unwillingness to canter for me.
I’ve said before, I’ve seen experienced riders struggle with her, and rumour is, once you’ve done it with her, she gets easier. I’m beginning to wonder when that day will be?
I love Bella! She is your typical diva mare. Pretty and she knows it but if she doesn’t want to cooperate, no amount of leg will yield her. My frustration at this point of not having properly cantered on her is just becoming annoying. I have had a few strides but I’ve not necessarily found the Bella buttons yet.
I am determined to get there and was hoping before I got in the school but today didn’t yield any results for me. I did all I could to get her to canter, wind her up, by half halting and squeezing her before asking, leg on so hard I know I’ll feel it in my inner thigh muscles tomorrow, as much seat as I can master and my biggest, deepest man voice to make her go. And all she gave me in return was a ploddy trot. I swear this mare is laughing at me.
After my ride, I got out my frustration by filling hay nets. I’ve never felt so disgusting after being at the stables, even piling on the muck heap. Our hay was wet and sweaty and just disgusting! But I enjoyed helping all the same.
I’ll be back at the stables tomorrow and I might even put the work in on Bella again. Any of the others would just be too easy now. They all tend to do what I ask, she’s my last demon to conquer.
So we’ll see what tomorrow brings,