Last Thursday, I had my second lesson with M. I rode Goldie again, and it was great! I continue to be amazed by how much my brain remembers about how to ride. If only my muscles were as strong!
As an elderly, experienced schoolie, Goldie is many things, but FORWARD is not one of them. Good lord, it took all my strength just to keep her in front of my leg at the trot down the long side of the arena! We spent most of the lesson trying to convince Goldie that she really, in fact COULD come on the bit and ride forward. There were flashes of brilliance, but overall, I would rate our effort a solid "meh." However...man... when it would all come together, those few strides felt amazing :)
In spite of her faults, Goldie is a sweet old girl, and I am thankful to ride such a trustworthy horse at the beginning of this new and exciting journey.
Gotta love the view :)
At the end of the lesson, M casually mentioned that in two weeks I could ride Smokey... M's retired prelim eventer and personal horse. Yay! When I went and observed her teach last summer, M told me that students had to earn the privilege to ride Smokey. So I guess I must be doing something right!