It hurts a lot. Yikes.
Here's a picture of Izzy and I on our first ride together in six whole weeks. We're basically just chilling out at this point, but you see what I mean.
My butt. In the saddle.
Well, ok, thankfully, her head is covering my butt, but I'm riding again regardless.
I rode for an hour Friday night. Izzy felt mostly really good. Some things were better than when I left off--her walk has improved and she was easy to put together at the trot and canter.
That said, I think S is a much more handsey rider than I am or something, because when I'd ask for a downward transition, she'd hit the bit like a TON of bricks. Interesting... Also, the funky head flip she picked up with S never appeared, and she only offered to jig once. Hm... I think I just tend to be looser and more relaxed, which means I get less performance out of her, but I also get a lot less resistance.
This is what I was confronted with when I showed up for my first ride. Yep. Ms. Mare rolled in the mud, probably in my honor. Nothing like a good hard curry for arm therapy, right?
Fortunately, I got her cleaned up and we actually had a decent ride. The pictures (and video!) are courtesy of fellow blogger Nana Korobi Yaoki.
Yes folks, there is actually another person from Idaho who blogs. And events. And now, takes pictures and videos of me. Yay blogger friends!!! This is kind of a big deal, since most the rest of you actually have other bloggers in your area. Idaho? Yeah, not so much.
Here's a video of our first ride together:
Not our best ever, but not our worst.
I know what you're all thinking: what about her goals? The 50-70% of the month ridden without stirrups?
Yes my friends. After this ride, I took the stirrups off the saddle. They aren't going back on until September 1st. My thighs are killing my, but my sitting trot is already improving. Also, I posted two laps around the large arena today. Did you know that can cause your calf to cramp?