Icy Hacks

It was so icy on Sunday morning, so much so I slipped on the way to the yard as the taxi driver couldn’t get up the hill. I have hurt my arm but didn’t feel it until Monday so it didn’t hinder my ride.

As a result of Thursday’s break through with Bella, I asked if I could ride her on a hack. Not for a long time have I asked specifically for Miss Diva but I was excited about riding her.

We had to mount in the school as the yard was just an ice rink. I stood on a crate and mounted Miss Bella. I was not given a leader which surprised me but I followed a horse in front of me. Lose legs and arms meant for a great ride on Bella.

Her trots were forward, she was responsive in walk. Sure, we didn’t get a canter but for me, the level of responsiveness I had was more than enough of a success to be proud of. I feel I’m making some head way with her and cantering will come eventually.

I do think, part of the reason I didn’t canter was because maybe, I’m not asking for canter in the way she’d like me to. I did need to work on my hands being a little more mobile so maybe that’s the key.

I opted to ride Mr Shadow next. It was a huge debate as the gorgeous coloured gelding is back in work so I was tempted to ride him but thought a familiar ride and a horse I trusted would be a safer option on the ice.

Shadow was on a ride of his own as my RI couldn’t ride out as the ice was so prevalent on the ground, I’d struggle to keep the horse off it without someone’s help from the ground.

We went onto the field and the nicest part of Sundae was the ground was so hard, cantering was amazing! I hate ice, but I love harder ground. It wasn’t a mud pit like it has been recently.

I had my crop with young Shadow but didn’t even need to use it as we cantered up the hill. He was so forward. Not sure what changed, unless he spotted I handed my crop over to a young girl who was having issues with a lazy pony but his lack of cantering persisted. I had on my winter riding boots which I detest riding in as they’re so clunky and I can’t feel the horse as easily against my leg which I don’t like so maybe the boots were just getting in my way a little too.

I just didn’t feel Shadow was as relaxed as Bella and I couldn’t figure out why. Could have been me, could have been something else. Who knows?

I had to be really bossy about direction as he was on his own on this ride. Weird, a horse I’ve struggled with gave me an amazing ride while the horse I usually adore to ride was giving me trouble. Ironic?

Anyway, we saw the young girl again and I got my crop back. He wasn’t for cantering until I had that back and was forced to use it. Whoohoo, Shadow. I did feel in my first canter as though my hands, legs and everything were all in the right place. Second one, not so much but maybe tension had crept in by then. I’m working on that. 🙂

Was a good icy, cold but sunny morning all in all. I didn’t get to untack either horse though as we had to jump off outside of the school and the helpers had to take them back. I totally understood why, but still prefer to do all that myself but no one but the bigger girls were leading the horses today.

I did get to have a few cuddles with Bella as she was in the block I had safe access to. She got lots of polos and hugs.

Not sure if I’ll be having a lesson tomorrow. We’ll keep fingers crossed that no snow arrives here. 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Marie

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Well done Marie! It’s fab to hear about your progress with Bella translating out of the school, and you appreciating how much better things are rather than focusing on not cantering. Fab!

    In my experience, it doesn’t matter how quietly or subtley it’s done, a horse always notice when you pick up or put down a crop: clearly Shadow’s eagle-eyed too! If you can feel your tension and know when it’s there, that’s half the battle to working through and getting rid of it. Horses have their moods: sounds like Shadow was having one! The irony sounds rewarding though 🙂

    Fingers crossed for a snow-less day, and for schooling tomorrow! 😀

  2. Well done Marie! It’s fab to hear about your progress with Bella translating out of the school, and you appreciating how much better things are rather than focusing on not cantering. Fab!

    In my experience, it doesn’t matter how quietly or subtley it’s done, a horse always notice when you pick up or put down a crop: clearly Shadow’s eagle-eyed too! If you can feel your tension and know when it’s there, that’s half the battle to working through and getting rid of it. Horses have their moods: sounds like Shadow was having one! The irony sounds rewarding though 🙂

    Fingers crossed for a snow-less day, and for schooling tomorrow! 😀

  3. That’s fab news about Bella, it sounds like you’re making real progress with her. I’ve found that with a riding crop as well. I’ve had it with Rocco and Spencer, they pick up once you hold it and sometimes you don’t need to do anything with it. Glad you got some cantering in too. I know my ride last Sun was interesting because of all the icy pools on the ground. Fingers crossed for tomorrow and I hope you have a great time which ever horse you have. x

  4. That’s fab news about Bella, it sounds like you’re making real progress with her. I’ve found that with a riding crop as well. I’ve had it with Rocco and Spencer, they pick up once you hold it and sometimes you don’t need to do anything with it. Glad you got some cantering in too. I know my ride last Sun was interesting because of all the icy pools on the ground. Fingers crossed for tomorrow and I hope you have a great time which ever horse you have. x

  5. Very happy for you that Bella seems to be going better – long may it last. You are a classic novice rider – complete with the usual ups and downs! No matter how low you get the highs must surely make it all worthwhile?! Go you 🙂

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