Can I Handle Him?
Can I Handle Him?
This story has bits and pieces about my riding life in the real world but for the most part it's made up.
I planned on riding Willow. Maybe we'd be cantering today. I doubted we would though. We'd done that last week. Then I remembered, we were doing games!
When I entered the arena somebody was already on Willow. Sheila asked me who I wanted to ride."Well who can I ride?" I asked her."I suppose the only pony left is Aero. I felt dread. I'd never actually ridden Aero before but I'd heard that he was a nightmare...or nightgelding either way. I got on him.
We started riding. when we trotted we took our feet out of the stirrups. He was the smoothest ride in the world!
I rode him for two more weeks and eventually I cantered on him.
One day he wasn't himself. He was...BEHAVING! I cantered him. Suddenly out of no where he pulled his head down! I was off of his back. My first fall.
It didn't stop me. I rode him next week. I fell off of him just before Christmas. I rode him every week but it was now April and I still hadn't cantered on him again. I trotted him aroun once, then I kicked him on into a canter. We approached the jump. It was about a metre tall. I'd never even jumped anywhere near that high before. He leaped into the air. When we landed he jerked to one side. I was hanging on to his neck. It took me a moment to realize he was galloping! I was gripping onto his mane, without stirrups, almost fully out of the saddle when he slowed down. He was helping me regain me seat. At this stage he was at a walk. Just before the lesson ended we did scissors. Everybody's horses were walking while they were trying to do it. Except for Aero. I giggled and told him:"We're a team. I'm not the boss and neither are you".