We had group lessons today. Charm was being used as a lesson horse (haha!) so I just ended up riding Java for most of the morning. We had our regular play session and some minor discussions and I saddled him up and got on. I’m telling ya.. wow. He has the nicest trot! I really got him moving today and could really feel him. He’s got some nice shock absorbers and a very forward moving, springey trot. If Charm is doing her fast trot, it feels like you are riding a jackhammer. I even got him stopping off of my body energy. On the impulsion scale, today I would have rated him sometimes a 4 and sometimes a 6.. so maybe he would average as a 5. Cool!! I felt so safe and comfortable riding him today and I was so happy. I was tempted to take him outside, but I didn’t want to get ahead of myself (I am not sure when he was even ridden outside last). We also just sat around a lot and watched the lessons. It was nice because he behaved and stood still and didn’t screw off at all. Good little LBE!
Ok.. I had to do this.. I happened to have a vente Starbucks coffee along and thought it was fitting to get a picture of me drinking Java while riding Java!!
So I ended up riding him for about a hour and a half total. Then I hopped on Charm and rode her around a little. Since she was just used for 2 lessons, I didn’t do much. I did end up riding her bareback – walk, trot, canter with just one rein.. we haven’t done that in a long time. I think it will be something to practice more often. She did super and mostly followed my body focus and suggestion, I only had to flip the rope over 2 times. Since she has gained so much weight.. um, muscle.. it’s so much easier to stay on bareback. It’s like I grew Velcro on my butt. She really is a great horse, I don’t give her enough credit. So in all, a very positive day! Definitely a day where you can say we were riding for tomorrow.