Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Riding!! (Finally)

First of all, merry Christmas! I hope everyone had an excellent holiday!! I got a few horsie presents. First of all, I got new western boots that I love and wore all around my parents house on Christmas. Also, I got a new pair of bell boots for Scarface I'm excited to try!

As I mentioned, I was stuck in the city for a long time, between work and school and then final exams. But I finally was able to go out and visit Scarface last week. I was so happy to see him! He is definitely a big fuzzyball, since he lives outside full time and is naked. But he is happy and possibly a bit warm with the warm winter we've been having this year.

On the 22nd, my dad and I trailered over to a neighbour's who has an indoor arena. I was expecting Scarface to be a bit of a nutcase, since he had the past few months off (since his foot was a bit sore in August and I was very busy with school and work). Plus he is normally very spooky with new places, so I was expecting the worst.

However, he impressed me a ton! He was so quiet in the indoor arena! He was a little wary of the far end which had a blue tarp, especially when one of the other people riding was turning their horse quickly back and forth in that end (I think he was practicing boxing for a cow horse class). Scarface had been there once before a year or two ago, so either he remembered, or he is mellowing out in his middle age (he turns 12 this year)!!

The arena used to be used for roping and while they took out the return alley, I'm pretty sure I'm still the only person to have ridden in it english. I think it's cute because he has dressage letters up too, just for fun (they're in the right order and everything).

There were a few girl there for a lesson and, since my dad is kind of a regular there, he ended up giving part of the lesson. The girls were all pretty green. My dad helped them with stopping and backing and then made them trot a square since they weren't using the corners. He even had them trotting loops! I bet they didn't even realize they were doing a training level dressage movement!

Scarfie was a good boy. He is pretty out of shape from his time off, so we didn't canter much. We working a bunch of transitions within the trot. He was trying pretty hard, but he was a bit lazy with his shoulders. Overall I was super happy with him!

I'm planing to go again on the 30th and hopefully this time my mom will be able to come too!

I'll be out at my parents off-and-on until January 9th and their internet is kind of slow, so no promises with posting. I'll try to schedule a few in case I am busy or can't upload pictures.

I hope everyone had a good holiday season and best wishes for 2012!!

1 comment:

  1. Glad you got to ride again :)
    Cool photos:)
    Happy New Year.