June 8, 2012 3 Comments
It’s been a while since I posted, and I don’t have too much that’s new to report. Right after the show, my husband and I went away for a few days. Some of the teenagers at the barn rode Derby while I was away – and he got some real work in with them.
Unfortunately, my unscheduled dismount at the show left me with a pulled groin muscle and a very sore sprained ankle – I think my foot hung in the stirrup a bit on my way down, rolling my foot over and injuring the ankle. It’s better but not healed. I have to be careful when I ride not to aggravate it.
I’ve had a couple lessons that were pretty ‘eh’ – it’s hard to ride well when things hurt! And last weekend me made an attempt at a trail ride, but I threw in the towel when Derby refused to go by through a gap in a fence that is right next to a culvert. He wasn’t being bad about it, and a rider with more intestinal fortitude would have kicked him through it, but that day, that rider wasn’t me. I hate to give in but I didn’t have a whip with me (mistake) and, as previously mentioned, I’m not at 100%.
Last night the ankle was really bugging me, so Christy had me drop my stirrups. Needless to say, posting without stirrups isn’t something I do enough of and I didn’t last too long – those muscles are weak, and I’m feeling it today! We also did some sitting trot work that was pretty fun. I was able to get Derby to round for just a moment, enabling me to experience what sitting on a back that’s up feels like. It’s much better than sitting on one that’s hollow. But the no-stirrups work was great and informative. I love how Christy can make lemonade when I hand her a lemon.
We’re entered in another schooling show next weekend. It’s another unfamiliar venue, which is great practice for us. Despite the tumble two weeks ago, we are making progress. The key, when we’re away at home, isn’t to try to get Derby to relax. It’s to take charge and really ride him. When he is convinced that the human is in charge, he’s fine. It’s convincing him that’s the challenge.