I thought I might have ridden Bandit again but our teacher asked me if I wanted to ride Bobbie. He's the horse Miss C usually rides but she decided she wanted to try a different horse. She chose Teddy, the 37 year old grumpy pony. She'd be lucky if she got him to trot never mind canter.
Bobbie is a gorgeous pony. He was born at the riding school so he's been a riding school pony all of his 17 years. He'd been out of the school for awhile as he was lame. When he came back, about 8 months ago, he had a lot of excess weight which meant only small children like Miss C rode him until he was back in to the routine of working again.
Despite the fact that he has been a riding school pony for so many years, Bobbie spooks easily and he hates blocks and poles. This made me a bit nervous because, in all my years of riding as a child, I never once came off a horse. There's a saying that goes something like you aren't a rider until you've come off a horse seven times. Personally I'd like to think that I may be one of the lucky few...I hope I haven't just tempted fate.
The lesson went really well and Bobbie was great to ride. He didn't spook once but he was a bit dubious about going near the blocks and over the poles. I just gave him some encouraging words and was firm with him and he did as he was told...reluctantly. He had an equally smooth canter like Bandit. I can tell why Miss C likes him so much.
|Miss C and Bobbie|
We won't be back at horse riding for at least 5 weeks now because we're going on holiday and because I didn't fancy having really sore legs for walking around the parks. I can imagine it is going to take me at least a week to recover again.
But I can't wait to go back again. Once a month might not be enough for me!