Mystic and I had solo ride #2 last night!
I convinced my husband to join me. I was a bit nervous to be riding a green horse alone....and I also wanted pictures. Considering that we had to get up really early on Sunday to take our family Christmas photos (in the freezing cold on the snowy barn lawn) he’s pretty much a saint.
Mystic was ready to go to work the moment I put her saddle on. I can tell that she’s really enjoying having a job. I lunged her for a few minutes and then hopped on. She stands like a rock and is very patient waiting for her cue to move out.
I forgot my half chaps so I had to ride in my stable boots. I ride in them a fair bit but in this particular saddle my legs were getting pinched at the trot. I did a few laps of trot in both directions but mostly walked. I did lots of big circles and figure 8s. I rode her with the halter underneath the bridle (like last time) and I am not so great at managing reins/leadropes in my hands at the same time but I muddled through!
I am still on cloud 9 with Mystic! For such a green horse she is such a good girl. She willingly moves into a trot and stays there, but doesn’t get racy. She also is happy to transition back down to a walk. She isn’t a complete plug, she tried to drift towards the exit and away from my jump equipment a few times but was easy to correct.
I actually have to keep reminding myself that she’s a green horse. I stupidly dropped the reins and took off my vest last night while we were stopped last night (wtf is wrong with me? Not good green horse etiquette!). She stood like a rock. I feel so safe on her. When Apollo had thirty days under saddle I did not have to remind myself that he was a green horse! He bolted quite a bit and was always looking for things to spook at.
The trainer took Mystic on her first trail ride last Thursday and said she was quite good. A little nervous at first but she settled after a few minutes.
Going forward in January/February Mystic will have three trainer rides a week and two rides with me. That feels very manageable at this point. I’m waiting to hear back from the trainer about booking lessons and what Mystic’s ride schedule with her will look like.
Tomorrow I will be rolling out my Spirit of the Season blog giveaway...! :)