I was definitely nervous leading up to my lesson on Wednesday I haven’t ridden a horse besides Apollo in probably 5 years. I haven’t ridden had any riding instruction in almost 4 years.
And it was awesome!
I rode a lovely TB mare who was very quiet and forgiving. We did lots of rider stretches to start off with. My instructor, SP, gave me a lot of positive feedback about my riding. My position is correct and she even said my two-point was good. My two-point probably had cobwebs on it….the last time I actually jumped Apollo in a serious way was probably 2008. My stirrups were a lot shorter than usual so I kept putting my heels down too much, I think I probably have been riding with my stirrups too long for years. The instructor was positive and fun, but gave me lots of things to work on. She also told me that I’m waaaay too hard on myself.
I did lots of two-point practice in the trot and then popped over 5 fences (*gasp*). And I didn’t die. I also didn’t lose my balance or catch my lovely lesson horse in the mouth, which I was pleased about. My instructor left and told me to cool out the mare outside. It was nice to have a little preview of the outdoor riding at my new digs. I’m also a bit in love with the mare I rode!
Look at that sweet face (she is also for sale, this is from her ad)
I have a new phone (that doesn’t have a horrible cracked screen) and I hope to get some pictures and videos to share from future lessons.