Sunday, February 2, 2014
Video of Another Awesome Ride
Oh Abby! How you make my heart go pitter patter. Have I mentioned that this mare is just the sweetest damn thing there ever was? Seriously.
So we’ve had a two more walks in hand and one short ride on the trail (I think it was Thursday), both of which were awesome. This evening L and I skipped the super bowl and decided to haul out to an indoor arena about ten minutes from home. I decided it was time to pull up our big girl panties and take Abby. This was her first trip back in the trailer since I brought her home in November. She loaded up like an old hand but was definitely worried. We brought along Marm and Ella so she had her friends for emotional support. When we got the in the arena Abs was pretty bug eyed. Hola and her expressions are just so much a like it is easy to read how worried she was. I walked her in hand around the arena for a bit then we decided that the best thing would be to turn the horses loose and let them burn off some willies and relax a little. It didn’t take but a few minutes before they settled.
I tacked in the arena and got on Abs. Right away she was a little jazzed so I decided to just let her move her feet. I sent her in a circle. Within a few seconds L started videoing so I have the whole ride recorded. Yay! What the video doesn’t show was just how tuned in to my seat she was and how I felt like if I even exhaled she was going to stop. I did ask for her face a little at the start just to try to get her mind a little but then I decided to just bridle her up every few minutes but not hold it as she is still worried and I’d rather she just relax. My reins were driving me NUTS! They were really stiff and kinked (I haven’t used that head stall in a while and it was super cold out) and they wouldn’t fold evenly in my hands. It was super annoying and distracting. But it was a small thing in an otherwise awesome ride. It is amazing that even with five years off Abby is still better broke than I am! I made a lot of mistakes and she made a few herself but overall I think we are going to make an awesome team. We are just still figuring each other out. Her turn arounds are the perfect example. I still am still just a little unsure and slow in my direction and that is making her a bit worried.
We will figure it out.
When things start going so well I tend to get scared… scared that I will screw it up, scared that something will happen to her, or to me... just scared that things will go wrong. I feel more confident when things are not going well. Isnt that dumb? Sometimes I just cant believe that I get to live the life that I do. If things go sideways tomorrow, that is okay, at least I had today. Today was AWESOME.