So that's today's confession. That silly little unplanned dismount the other day has gotten into my head.
Some might suggest I should stop watching the video on repeat, but like... it's a great video! My viewings are 100% pure entertainment, I promise. I mean, you guys saw it last week. It's gold!
What's frustrating is that it wasn't a big deal. Al spooked and I didn't. I didn't get hurt. (Though I have a very nice bruise on my right ass cheek.) It wasn't a thing at all. I know why it happened mostly. But for whatever reason, it completely emptied my trust bank with Al.
He's always been a spooky horse, but he's always taken me with him. That's the first time he spat me out. And I generally like to think I'm a pretty good clinger, but that happened so fast, by the time I realized what was going on it was too late to save it. He's been spooking at that entire long side since the weather changed.
But I'm not one to let these things get the better of me. We're working through it as best we can given the crappy weather conditions. Am I riding in draw reins? Yep, sure am. Listen, I think sometimes you need to do what you need to do to be safe. And if draw reins can help prevent the spin, then that's what I'm going to use until I can trust that Al's head is screwed back on straight. They had the weekend off due to weather (really starting to miss that indoor ring at the boarding barn!) but yesterday, he was an angel. Despite the crazy wind, cold temps, and two days off. We used only 3/4 of the ring. And I had draw reins on. Not tight. Just tight enough that I could catch him if he tried to spin. He really only thought about it once. Which is pretty par for the course with Al. (That's the Jamp in him.) So I'm hopeful we're back on the right track. It's currently pouring rain here, and should be wet all the way through tomorrow. So not sure how much riding we'll get done. I don't mind riding in the rain when it's warm out. But when it's cold.... Meh. Not so much.
I'm also really lucky to have Eros and Shiny to help me get my confidence back. Shiny hardly ever spooks, and Eros USUALLY warns me well ahead of time if he's feeling spinny.
I know most of you have been here. What are you best tips for getting through these rough patches?