It’s official, folks, I’m back in the saddle. The Chief and I had a lovely little ride last night. No pressure, just getting my sea legs back with some simple walk/trot/canter with circles and serpentines. We finished up with a stroll around the field and it was perfection. It felt like a homecoming. x x … More And We’re Back!
Last week I got to ride a new-to-me horse, SB, in a dressage lesson. It did not inspire confidence when my trainer came up prior to my ride and said, “I’m interested to see if he behaves.” …Cool. … More Yay, I Rode Again!
GUYS. I will be riding a real live, actual horse tonight. It’s been weeks. Like. My last lesson was six weeks ago. And I think I rode once in between there? I mean, there are lots of reasons for this. Like, I was on vacation for awhile which was amazing and will get its own … More I Actually Get to Ride Again
I had a fairly frustrating ride on Duke last night. We’ve been working on lateral movement as straightening aids – things like working turns on the forehand and leg yielding. Since he is a furry yak right now, I opted to do most of our work at the walk and some trot. Seriously, if I … More Spurs. I need them.
The last two weeks I’ve been able to ride at sunset which is amazing. Here, Megan and Maisie are dressaging with the most beautiful backdrop. I mean. What could be better? Oh wait, I know. Last night, Megan rode Ozzie and I hopped on Duke and we headed out to the field behind the barn … More Photography Friday: Sunset
I had a jumping lesson with Duke on Thursday night, our last one before the show on Sunday. It was…um, varied. Short version: I stayed on through a hairy moment, and made huge improvements in my riding. Long version follows. So we weren’t messing around with jumps that night. Everything pretty much went right up to … More In Which Everyone’s Hearts Stopped for a Sec
I had a lesson on Stryder recently while his leaser, who usually rides in my lesson, was on vacation. (Lucky duck!) It turned out to be an enlightening lesson. I mean, they all are, but this one especially. I have become used to horses that require a more active ride, which means I don’t have … More Do Less
You are required to read the title of this post with this type of inflection: The a-MAAAAYYYY-zing MAY-sie. It’s just how it’s done. Who is The Amazing Masie? She is my trainer’s horse. She’s a grey Dutch Thoroughbred mare and she’s so adorable and fancy. A few weeks ago, I got a text from Trainer … More The Amazing Maisie
I tried to title this post: “Who Can Ride My Horse? Blog Hop – Can I Ride Your Horse? Edition.” But that is hella long and also looks really awkward with all that funky grammar. Anyway. Olivia over at Hellomylivia started an informal blog hop about how she decides who can ride her horse. It’s … More Who Can Ride My Horse? – Hellomylivia Blog Hop
Okay so I know the traditionally agreed-upon definition of “RBF” is “resting bitch face” (which, arguably, I do have). But does anyone out there suffer from riding bitch face? I have had a strong case of it in the past. I think it’s just how I look when I concentrate. I just look like I’m mad/upset/frustrated but … More Do You Suffer from RBF?