Wednesday, 1 April 2015

W 2 C

Midge offered a walk to canter transition today! (On our way out, not even on the way home!). Although regular readers might suspect this is an April Fool's joke, it's really not.

I must have looked pleased because two separate people that I saw in my travels commented on the lovely day and how happy we looked to be out for a ride.

Bridget got a free pass from the ring and we just had a nice quiet trail ride in the sunshine with a friend. Midge is the best at babysitting, after all. I could probably rent her out as a green horse trail buddy, the demand for her company is so high :) She cares not what other horses do and rarely gets impatient - I love that about her.

I've been having some lower back pain and feeling like I'm sitting crooked in the saddle. Again today, I was sore and stiff when we got home, even though I rode the last few km without my stirrups and made an effort to stretch my back and legs out. Finally, when I was untacking,  I noticed my stirrup leathers weren't even and the right one was 2 holes shorter. No idea when or how that happened, since I don't tend to adjust them ever, but I feel very stupid for not checking such a simple thing sooner! Fingers crossed, we've solved the mystery.

Anyway, what I really wanted to post here was that I just say I really, really love my newly forward and cantering pony!  That's all for today, I just had to share my excitement!

7 comments:

  1. yay for forward and cantering ponies!!! (and hope fixing the stirrups helps your back too!)

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    1. Thanks! Hope Izzy is back in action soon!

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  2. Congrats! That's some exciting progress :)

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  3. Hooray for a willing walk to canter! At the physio/riding clinic I was at the instructor said that you should switch your stirrup leathers every month and they should always be the same length. I'm going to start doing that when I have a saddle again! :)

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    1. I'm usually pretty good about switching them, sigh. My brain is weird, I've been riding for at least the last 2 or 3 rides thinking my saddle is crooked/slipping and sitting weird to make my legs even, because obviously it couldn't be uneven stirrups, right? ;) Such a lack of common sense lol, poor Bridget too!

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  4. Woohoo love a horse that hacks calmly especially if others lose their minds *pats-Nancy* *looking-at-you-K*

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