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.
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Saturday's ride was uneventful and part of me was considering not going at all. I've been full of the evil cold all week and if it had been raining when I'd left the house, I might have not left at all. But went to the yard anyway. So I chose to ride Shadow yesterday. The weather was such a mixed bag and I was not feeling as energised so my lovely, trusted, white companion was just what I needed. We didn't have our usual instructor again but it was still a very good ride. Managed to get in two canters. My trots were forward and he really was giving me an easy time of it. I felt slightly off balance in my first trot and canter yesterday but considering my left ear has been gunged up all week, I wasn't overly surprised by this. So the first canter was pretty abysmal to be honest. My second canter was lovely on him. He was so good and forward. The level of confidence I have on him is just so incredible to me. The girl who took us out had a walker with me but even the girl walking with me was insistent I didn't need anyone holding onto Shadow in walk, trot, or canter. A horse in front of us spooked a little and Shadow obviously reacted but I had it under control. The girl taking the ride asked the younger girl walking with me to hold onto him. She did and quickly discovered how much Shadow did not like this. It was almost like he was saying, "hey, she has it under control! We're a team, but out!" :) I was pleased I'd rode him and we even saw a rainbow as the rain and sunshine were in a batter yesterday. A nice quiet and yet jovial ride on one of my favourite ponies. Just what recovering from a cold needs. After a huge cuddle I left to get warm instead of doing two rides. But it was a good one and seriously felt the improvement again.