On Thursday it just so happened that my schedule aligned with Lily‘s owner (LilyO) and Teeq‘s owner (hereby known as TeeqO), so I made plans to ride with them. It was my first time riding Rags in the arena with other horses. It went well! He was obviously worried about what the other horses were doing, so we kept it short, but I was definitely happy with how he behaved.
TeeqO and LilyO have recently started exploring jumping. They’ve always wanted to try it, but never had the chance. I managed to talk them into the Lake Washington Saddle Club hunter schooling show, though, so they’ve been practicing over cross rails (they even joined my lesson a couple of weeks ago!).
We had a lot of fun helping them both feel better prepared for the schooling show! Their dad made a couple of very cool triangle-shaped standards for the barn to use, plus we had access to a couple of Poor Man’s Standards (AKA white plastic chairs), so I set up a mini course in our little indoor arena and then claimed a place on the mounting block to watch and provide feedback from. They rode for a good hour, then I had the privilege of hopping aboard their steeds for a few minutes before we called it quits.
Lily had a good head on her shoulders, she just needed to be reminded to push into the bridle instead of flinging her head up in the air. She also liked to fall into a weird, slow canter that bordered on a trot (darn that tranter!), so she needed a lot of leg and a quiet but closed hand. She’s not quite so sure about the distances to the jumps yet, but I think with some more practice she’ll do just fine.
Teeq was very smooth to ride (his canter reminded me of Boston’s), but you could tell he likes to get himself worked up and then curl back behind the vertical/spook (again, sort of like Boston). We had it out over his obsession with the tractor in the corner (how silly, since he’s lived at KW for quite some time!) and I did a lot of flexing/lateral stuff to keep him focused. He got a bit of scoot spook off while I was trying to talk to TeeqO while I rode, but he felt very nice over the cross rail.
It’s amazing how much confidence riding these two horses gave me. It feels like a landmark in my riding history that I’m at a point where I can climb aboard two horses I’ve never ridden before and walk, trot, canter, and even jump them without feeling any anxiety. It’s also really enlightening to get the chance to ride different types of horses and find all of the similarities and differences between them.
Both LilyO and TeeqO did well at the show on Sunday, super proud of them! I’ll have pictures from the show up when my life isn’t completely out of control, but for now here’s a few short clips of me putzing around on Lily and Teeq, videos courtesy of their lovely owners: