Since Q mare is pretty much the opposite of Bridget, I need to learn to ride all over again. Actually, I lie, I just need to believe I can ride a strange horse, again.
I started with a quick warm up trail ride, which my big grey friend was excited about. This is a horse who loves to work, and I suspect you'd have a very hard time tiring her out. She's very much the TB in that she's always ready to offer you more and she views forward as a reward rather than a punishment. So, we power walked and trotted all over the neighbourhood as a relaxing warmup, but I think it just got her more ready to go!
|Another terrible pic of Q|
Up to trot, same thing, just keeping my body very strong and really half halting her whenever she gets heavy, frequent reminders for her to sit and use herself more. It's a literal balancing act as she wants to be very heavy and drag you around, but shes legit green and needs the rider to help her balance too.
Canter, same thing. Keep the outside shoulder contained, ask her to sit, keep my core very strong and shoulders back. Super hard work as she will take any opportunity to try to tip you forward and race off.
My thoughts: This horse is going to be very, very good for my riding, and also my confidence. She's a bit hot and sensitive and a little tricky but in a good way, because she's pretty levelheaded at the same time. When I ride her well, she goes super well. I cannot tense up or tip forward or any of that. She's very reminiscent of a mare I owned previously, so I do have the tools I need, they're just rusty and belonged to a previous, much braver, version of me.There was much testing and feeling each other out tonight, but I think we're going to be OK. I do love big bad Q mare - the work ethic and forward thinking are a nice change from Bridget.
EC's input: Two thumbs up as a second ride for me. It's a good fit. Don't need to just hack, I'm more than capable of schooling her too, I just need to have confidence in my abilities. Treat her like a greener version of Bridget and aim for the same feel. I know what to do.