Last summer I had Oscar, and I rode nearly every day, schooling and hacking and jumping. Those who have been reading this blog since then will remember we even went out and did a couple of dressage tests, making our dressage debut!
This year has been very different! Far from riding every day, a ride a week would have been good going!
I had a jumping lesson at the beginning of the summer on a mare called Kizmet. We started with one fence, increased it to a two stride double, back to a one stride double and finally a bounce throughout the course of the lesson. Kizmet was really nice, she made me work hard though but I felt a lot more confident by the end of it and got on quite well with the little grey mare.
A couple of weeks ago I had a flatwork lesson on a horse called Jack. Jack’s a fair bit bigger than Kizmet and a more comfortable ride. He’s an old schoolmaster really but knows how to play up. As soon as I picked up my reins he threw his head in the air, striding off round the school. However, by the end of the 45 minutes I had had some absolutely lovely work from him in walk, trot and canter, over trotting poles and transitions all with his head down; some beautiful and rounded work. We also worked on different bends. So I came out of that lesson very happy having felt a massive achievement!
My bestie Sheryl went on holiday and kindly let me ride Sovreign for her whilst she was away. On the first day we were sensible and went in the school, but then the tractors were out of the field and there was stubble galore! So of course we had to go galloping! There have been a few hacks with Sheryl as well since then so Sov and I are getting to know each other quite well.