I didn't start learning to ride until May 2010 and for the entire summer of that year was injured. My first year of riding was not that solid but since April last year, I've not missed a ride. I can walk, sit and rise trot, canter, and have started learning transitions and diagonals on a variety of horses. Come and join me on my adventures with my horsey friends all done with no sight on my part. don't feel afraid to ask me any questions. being blind and a horse rider is new, interesting and very exciting. So I hope you can gain something from reading this.
Saturday, 31 March 2012
Good Feelings and Excellent Feedback
The weather was a pretty big change today when I went to the yard. The wind was cold and instead of taking off a light hoodie today as I'd done on both days last week, I had a thick hoodie and my winter coat on. When I arrived at the yard, I was met with some exciting news. I'd felt excited about going to the yard this morning but didn't know why. So when I was told, our foal had arrived, I was super excited. He was born, yes, a little colt early hours of yesterday morning. Both mum and baby are doing well. So that's some very good news. Today is the anniversary of my grandma's passing. She died nineteen years ago so I honestly didn't think I'd be in a very good frame of mind today. I know its been a long time but I was very close to her and often think, what would she think of me as an adult. That aside, I chose Shadow to ride as he's the one I have the deepest bond with so a nice ride on my gorgeous, tall white friend was just what I needed to make me feel better. I mounted him and we followed another horse so didn't have anyone with me on the ride. Shadow was very responsive and I used my seat during walk and trot more than leg which pleased me. It just proved I could do it on several different horses. We took the farm route today and had two attempts at cantering. Our first started as a fast trot but got him into a lovely canter, , he had just had a jumping lesson, but then on the second, had a beautiful canter with him. He was forward and so beautiful. More trotting that was forward and collected and we followed the horse in front rather well. On the back lane, we got a fast trot only with a few moments that might have gone into a canter. He got a giant pat and cuddle. He'd made my day. I was really thinking I might only do the one ride today but decided I'd have another ride on Topaz. My instructor had been surprised that I hadn't chose him first but I had my reasons as I had said before. I put on his bridle and lead him out. My stirrups were far too short as I realised on the first trot. So on the field, someone lengthened them. I felt much better and not like a squatting jockey. The canters on the field on Topaz were amazing! I felt so forward with him. It still amazes me how much I've progressed on this horse in such a short time. Cantering alone, not even having someone running alongside me still astounds me. So after two fabulous canters and my stirrups now in the comfortable position, we did a lovely collected trot. He had decided however, on the cobbles that we were walking into the left so had to be really bossy with him. I managed to get him and keep in the middle which was awesome. On the way down, was chatting to my instructor and she asked why I was so quiet, I told her I was just in a contemplative mood and she asked what was wrong so I said it was my grandma's anniversary and I wondered what she'd think if she could see me now. My instructor said she could and I'd had two of my best rides so she would be very proud. I managed not to burst into tears and finished the ride with a fabulous trot and great canter. Not only my instructor complimented me several times today on my canters but one of the leaders too who was in front and saw me canter on Topaz and Shadow today. She said how good I look on Topaz and that's been said by someone else. I guess I fit his cantering style nicely or something but I came away smiling either way. :) So riding was awesome and we have a cute baby on the yard now. He's not yet been named so stay tuned. Thanks for reading, Marie