Monday, June 7, 2010
Saddle only, no bareback pad :(
Well I rode again yesterday. I took the girls to the local arena to play with after a couple of lessons. I brought my saddle, but was not in the mood, to change out of my shorts in the heat, so I rode bareback. Now, while I did pass my L2 bareback, it is glaringly clear that I am not ready for this. It was hurting my back, to try to stabilize myself for so long and then I over compensated and while ponying Snookie, my shoulder couldn’t take it. I am paying a hefty price this morning for trying to enjoy my life as I knew it. But….still a silver lining. I spent 90% of the session using only the neck string, and only touched my reins a few times. With the exception of while I was ponying Snookie.
I also did not have the confidence needed to canter……DUH…..and trotting was too much as well. I think it was a fear based, pre-emptive strike, to secretly make me believe I was too lazy to change my shorts, so I would NOT use the saddle, thus would not attempt too much. ARG….my brain is smarter than me!
Hmmmmmm How interesting!
So for now, no bareback pad.......saddle only!
Now for some major pooh removal, and then I plan on playing with Cha'cote. I have this idea.....as dumb or irrational as it may be, of attempting OLL3 with Cha'Cote. So, tonight I am just going to see how he feels about me being in zone 3/4/5 and ask him to play yo-yo. I certainly cannot lead by the tail, if I can't even back him with a rope from there. We'll see.....I'll let you know what happens!