Apollo and I had such a great weekend! We hacked out on the property(because it was warm-ish). He was a bit spicy and forward but was quite good.
I wanted a leisurely stroll through the picturesque snowy property. Apollo wanted to go DASHING THROUGH THE @$&@%$#&%@ SNOW. We compromised and did some walk-trot sets and went in and out of the deeper snow. He originally tried to tackle the deeper snow by bouncing through it like a deer. It was kind of hilarious...I laughed so hard I almost fell off.
Kinda like this...
There were four dogs playing in the arena as I rode (mine, D’s and the two resident barn dogs). Apollo didn’t care at all. I feel lucky that my boy is a cool cucumber. J
D said that because I had a proper saddle now that she’s going to make us jump stuff.
We did a pattern that either started or ended on a cross rail. We even did a bit of leg yielding and canter work. Which were both rusty but not horrible. I got to practice my half halts quite a bit!
Apollo was so pumped when we headed towards the cross rail. His ears pricked up and he locked onto his little fence. I’m normally such a weenie about jumping but I really had fun jumping him. D said that my position looked solid and balanced. #thanksverhan
Our "course", a cross rail, three ground poles in a straight line and a fan
Various paths through the course.. :)
D is really keen to for me to take Apollo to events this year. She really likes his attitude and way of going. There’s a schooling show at the end of February that she’s planning to go to – and she wants to bring us!
Crossrail, glorious crossrail
My mind is kind of blown right now. A year ago I had no horses to ride. I was paying for three and riding none. I was pretty bummed out about riding. What a difference a year makes! A sound happy Apollo and a new saddle that fits us is the best Christmas gift ever!