Anyone living in the UK will noticed we've had very hot weather the past two days. I knew I'd be hot riding this afternoon and after I'd already bid summer a farewell, seen as it put in such a poor appearance this year, I can't say I was looking forward to riding in the 25C temperature.
I arrived at the yard and discovered I'd be taking a trip down memory lane and riding the horse I rode on my first lesson at the riding school I attend. He's a fab horse to begin on as he is quite slow and almost ploddy at times. He's a real character and I have a fondness for him as he was my first horse encounter at this yard.
He's notorious for making his riders work so I was prepared for a bit of strong leg work.
It was strange being on him, I have to say. My usual rides are with bigger and faster horses but it is always good to have a change.
I was pleasantly surprised on his willingness to move. I didn't need the leg as much as I had anticipated. My reins were again filled with good contact and all the trotting we did was filled with energy after the first attempt. I guess he wasn't too sure if I meant business and realised quickly, I did and he had better trot and walk with a lovely pace as I was no longer the complete novice I had once been.
Every horse has his own personality and this gentle friend is no different. He has a lot of problems with flies so when his side rippled and he swished his tail, I knew a pesky fly was bothering him. He's such a character, even though he can be hard work, you can't help but love him.
I did try him on a canter, as there was only one opportunity today as the field was being cut, and although he didn't make the canter, the girl walking with me said she couldn't believe how fast that trot was. so despite not getting him to canter, which I had little illusion I would on a first ride on a hot day, I was pretty pleased on how well he did respond and the fact his trot was so forward. That is quite an achievement on this cutie. :)
It was so hot today, and I can't say I'm enjoying the intense heat at this time of year, so I'll be glad if its cool on Tuesday for my next lesson.
Thanks as always for reading,