Monday night was my second lesson in English riding since having to sell my horse in 2007. I decided that it was time to get back into riding. We live in the country, we’re talking of getting more land and buying some horses for the whole family and I was really just ready to ride again. Specifically, I want to start jumping. I took English Riding & Jumping in college and loved it. For the last two years I’ve been looking for someone in the area that gives lessons in English riding within a reasonable distance from our house.
A few weeks ago, I finally found someone. She has a big 14 year old Thoroughbred gelding and he’s proven to be a lot peppier than I thought he’d be! Our first lesson went well even though he pulled a few spooks on me. The second lesson was a little rougher. It started out great though. We were working well together going over ground poles, but at the end of one round of poles, he jumped and before I could regather myself, he jumped again and we parted ways. I met up with the dirt and he headed off.
I’ve fallen many times in my riding career. I thought I’d remembered how to stay on! He just got the best of me this time. After getting a little work over from the trainer, I climbed back aboard. I must admit that I don’t have quite the nerve I used to have, but I’m really working on not having my confidence shaken after this one. My body is still sore and a little bruised though.
Saying that, I’m thinking about spending some one on one time with him outside of our lesson time. I really feel like we need to get to know each other a little more and I’m hoping that some ground work together and maybe even breaking out my western saddle for a bit will be good for both of us.
No matter what though, I know I need to show up at our third lesson ready to go and I’m going to be a little more ready for him the next time he decides to jump and spook on me. He’s going to test me and I’m going to have to pull out what I used to have several years ago to show him he can’t run me off that quick!