Yesterday, I had my first ride back on Beau after re-breaking my left pinky finger. Overall, I’d consider it a good-but-not-great ride! I was extremely happy to have a “boring” ride, as I was pretty nervous.
We did walk, trot, and canter both ways, and Eddy and Erika even convinced me to pop over a teeny-tiny crossrail. I guess I am that crazy rider who jumps her first ride back!
Now, just because my ride was boring (read: SAFE) does not mean it was boring. Beau tested me on everything. Now, one of the things I tell every rider who gets on Beau is that he will test you. I’ve worked hard for almost three years (whoa!!) to get his respect and obedience under saddle. He seems to have forgotten who’s in charge, but he’ll remember soon enough!
When I say he tested me, I mean he fought me on everything. Beau: Can I get away with this? What about this? This? This? These things included everything from stopping in the middle of the arena, giving me the slowest trot of all time, and my least favorite, falling in.
But it was still a very productive ride because it gave me confidence. It let me remember where my body parts need to go, how my muscles need to move, and what I need to think about.
But wait, there’s more!
After getting Beau all hyped up and actually moving forward, I asked him to go back to beginner mode and let Eddy ride. Now, Eddy knows horses, but he hasn’t ridden in years. When he did ride, it was racehorses, which as you may or may not know have different cues and riding styles than English riders.
Both Eddy and Beau did awesomely, and I was so proud of them both! Beau went back to his calm, beginner self no problem, and Eddy stayed balanced and happy.
Being back to riding has rejuvenated me. I’ve been bingeing horse YouTube videos, coming up with blog posts non-stop, and thinking up exercises to try with Beau to get ready for the show season!
Stay tuned for more updates from me and Beau!