Yes, I haven’t ridden this lovely Welsh D for a while but when I asked for Shadow today, our RSO said she was surprised I wasn’t riding Magic as she was in. So I asked if I could change and ride her instead.
Her owner came along with me as usual today but it seems like my rein releasing is stretching to the mischievous Magic now too. She was rather subdued today but I can’t say I’m surprised as the temperature outside was already around 68/20 degrees.
We walked up the farm hill, her owner and another girl walking along but rarely did she hold the reins today and just ran with me.
Her trot was a little ploddy but I got her into it and when we hit the field, her owner ran on to the other end so I could have a marker to stop at the other end. Magic sprang into a lovely, balanced canter and I was rather surprised how quickly I fell into her canter rhythm. It has to be around two months since I last rode my little quick friend.
We turned perpendicular on the field and her owner ran ahead again and I cantered on again. My RI didn’t correct anything I was doing. Even when Magic was getting a little impatient I managed to stand her still and keep her calm with no guidance from anyone.
I did feel separated slightly from the group but this is not a negative comment. I think I was probably slightly more advanced than the others so Magic, her owner and I just got on with a nice quiet hack.
More trots that I did by myself, eventually, trotting off without Magic’s owner for company and I kept her steady and in good contact and in a straight line.
Her owner joked that next week I’m riding Magic and she’s not coming with us as she thinks we’re more than capable now and I’m not allowed to slack off anymore. I really get along with this young girl who has allowed me to ride her horse with such enthusiasm.
Our RI, walked up to me toward the end of the ride and said some of the girls had been talking about me. I asked oh no, what did I do now? And she responded they were just fascinated about how my senses take me so far even on horse back. My RI did say to them to ask me about it and I said I’d be happy to chat to them some more about it if they liked. It amazes me how much my senses have picked up and guided me on this journey so far. I can often hear walls or fences, depending on their density as we ride but the real test of how my hearing helps will come later on I believe.
She was a good girl for me today and rarely gave me anything to correct and did all I asked of her. So many hugs for her today and a huge cuddle.
I’m back up riding in the morning. A little nervous to remind the RsO about Thursday. Really hope we’re still on. Fingers all tightly crossed.