Wednesday was a crazy day!
I had my first official lesson on Mystic scheduled bright and early today (– egads!). I left my house at . I wanted to give myself a little extra time because I was pretty sure the roads would be bad. And they were horrible, so that was a good call!
I waited forever at the world’s slowest light, which is of at the intersection between my house and the coffee joint. Finally it turned green! I pulled out into the intersection. And saw a huge truck coming straight towards me, moments away from t-boning me. I stomped hard on the gas and braced for the impact…and nothing. I must have squeaked out of his path just in time. Whew!
Hopefully running a red light and almost pancaking a poor innocent Corolla was a wake-up call for the other driver.
I arrived at the barn in one piece. Mystic ran over to greet me when I arrived. I had this feeling that we were going to have a great ride.
We did not!
The trainer has been riding her in the DK lately, which is fitting pretty well (she got a bit too fat for it at one point). So I rode in the DK that morning, for the first time in a long time.
It felt like shit.
I was actually struggling to post the trot in a normal way because the DK was doing something weird to my balance. I was fighting so hard against being tipped forward for most of the ride. Which made me tense. Which made her tense. I think I’ll be riding her in my Verhan from now on. #savemeverhan
Mystic was also a bit sassy! I struggled to find a nice relaxed pace and my steering was a bit dodgey. The trainer says that Mystic naturally goes onto the bit. Tell that to the giraffe I rode! It’s not her fault at all, that was certainly not the best riding I have ever done. I had a fleeting moment where she sort of did a mini-bolt towards the exit…I thought for sure she was going to dump me. But no! Whew!
There were some nice moments. I still feel really safe on her and still love riding her (x 1 million). I just need to step up my riding game more than I realized! The trainer said I was being "too nice" and needed to raise my expectations of her behavior. Which is a very fair assessment.
It occurred to me later that I really suck at putting horses on the bit. I can muddle my way there with well-schooled horses but for green/less-schooled creatures I really suck. I think my too-long reins, open hands and somewhat weak/unsteady core are major issues in achieving this. If anyone has any other helpful suggestions – let me know! I’m all ears.
I blow-dryed Mystic for the first time ever after our lesson. I don’t think I have ever blow-dryed her and the trainer said that she hasn’t either. I thought it might freak her out. But no - she loved it! She even let me blow-dry her face. #bestbabyponyevaaaa
On my drive home I have to drive up a giant hill. It’s a bit scary. But it’s always cleared and well-gravelled. Except for Wednesday. Looking ahead I saw two trucks fishtailing on their trip up the big hill. I was past the point of turning around… so I drove incredibly slowly up the hill. Almost too slow to make it up. But somehow I did. Whew!
I had a lot of lucky breaks on Wednesday! That night I stayed home in my pjs and watched netflix... because I had enough excitement for one day before noon.
I have something exciting in the works for Apollo. Looks like we will be having our show debut in February! And Henry goes to school in 23 days! More to come shortly :)