I haven’t blogged as I had new bedroom furniture and Monday was spent moving my room and seemingly, our router gave up the ghost to so we’ve had no internet all week. As it happened though, this was the week I’d hardly be at home so didn’t miss the net so much.
Sundays rides were really nice. Nothing out of the ordinary and I didn’t really think I’d blog about them too much. Rode Topaz and Shadow and had a fabulous time on both horses.
It was our riding school’s open day on friday this week and I’d offered to go up and help on Wednesday. I spent all day there, starting by brushing a horse, then filled a ton of hay nets, carried hay up to the shelter which was interesting mobility skills on my part. Swept the yard and generally helped out where I could.
A lot of the horses were out on a lake ride so when they came back, I was in charge of putting on Shadow’s cooler.
We had a barbecue later which was fun and a nice end to the day. It had rained, sunshined and everything in between. I got home, tired and muddy and achy but felt great I’d done what I could.
I seemed to navigate the yard much better this week and was checking water buckets and hay nets so much more and finding the water taps to fill up buckets. Haven’t figured a way to carry them on my own but often helped the younger ones to carry the heavy buckets.
On Thursday, I had my lesson. I went up early again to help out. I have become mighty good friends with the haylage this week.
I was also sent into hang my first hay net completely by myself. And you’d think I’d start small, right? Oh no, Mr Topaz needed his net hanging. But I did it.
Also swept the paths outside the stable doors to.
It was crazy busy on Thursday with kids for half term but I handled it well and a lot of the helping kids know me now and always will lend a hand if I need to find something.
My lesson was great. I rode Bella and was happy to do so this week. I didn’t have a negative bone in my body when I mounted that lovely mare.
I had her moving off my leg really nicely, my RI was impressed with my yield work. We were going to jump this week.
Getting Bella forward is much harder than Shadow and that was a challenge jumping this week. When I discussed it with my RI after the lesson, I said I was glad I had had my first jump on Shadow as it gave me a little confidence whereas with Bella I need to work her hard to keep her forward.
She went over the jumps a few times but we would collapse after them. She’s going to show me how to make a horse move forward in order to jump it well.
We worked a lot this week on the correct jumping position. My head was too low down so my RI showed me how our legs move more forward than around the horse’s middle, our shoulders go down, our head stays up and our bum moves backward. The one thing I’d thought I’d lose in jumping was my contact but I didn’t.
I can’t wait to practice more, whether on Shadow or Bella, I don’t mind, they’re both teaching me different elements. Shadow allowing me to feel the hop over a jump, Bella stretches more, but Bella allows me to handle the corners with less precision but Shadow will make me ride him accurately around the corners whereas Bella will teach me to ride forward.
My RI and I chatted about doing canter work and thinking it’ll be easier to count the strides in canter to know where the jump is. Currently, I’m going off the position of my RI’s voice but obviously when we’re working toward bigger jumps I need to prepare the horse.
I still cannot believe I’m jumping! Still little jumps but jumps all the same. Can’t wait to learn more! Bring it on Miss Bella and Mr Shadow.
I untacked the sweet girl who actually was very responsive to me on Thursday and gave her cuddles.
Yesterday was the open day so, dressed in shirt and tie, I went up to the yard. It was a beautiful day and I got to brush Shadow! I also brushed Harry and helped welcome people.
It was a lovely day and all seemed to enjoy it. The horses did us proud!
My little nephews also came up and the eldest rode a pony. I was so happy he enjoyed it!
We all got to go on the tractor ride later and have a group photo. The trailer was bumpy but it was a lot of fun!
I’ve had a fabulous week with the horses and done what I could to help. I think mucking out is the only job I haven’t mastered oh and picking out hooves but they’ll come sooner or later. Although I think picking out hooves will be easier than mucking out. Especially with a lot of horses. 😉
Thanks for reading,