The best part about our little family trip is that we left Sunday and came home Monday, so I only missed one day of riding. Shiny jumped twice as usual this past week. The first day we stuck mostly to some lower fences just working on her listening skills. The second day was a more normal jumping day. She was good, though it took some time to get her moving off my leg. And maybe also for me to remember to count strides and ride at the same time...
Not bad in the stills anyway! I also had my usual lesson this week with Bellino. He was great, and we even jumped a couple slightly bigger jumps (2'6" ish, nothing crazy, and just a one stride, the rest of the fences were still teeny). He felt the most in tune to me this week, not yanking me out of the tack nearly as much as he normally does.
He has two horses, Hildy and Hugo. Hildy was his first horse, and she came broke to ride and drive. She's very patient and was absolutely the best first horse for him and his needs. She's a percheron/standardbred so heavy, but not very big. Hugo is a purchase we all told him not to make... He's a two year old of similar breeding to Hildy. I don't think a green horse person has any business working with a baby horse, but Hugo is probably the most laid back animal I've ever met. My brother already has him ground driving (lightly, my brother does occasionally listen to what I have to say). Anyway, part of our exploring, included playing with ponies.
|Who knew those turf rails we jump over were modeled after something actually found in nature?|
|The Vermont Country Store|