I don’t know what has gotten into me. I sometimes get to the barn and have no desire to ride. Not sure why. Lessons have been going great. I actually have been seeing progress – it should inspire me to ride. Wednesday was one of those days and so was today.
I rode anyway both days because PJ had off 3 days last week and then this Monday off, so I didn’t want to give him another day off when I was planning on giving him Saturday off. (confused yet?) But on Wednesday I did without stirrups for a while and then practiced sitting trot with stirrups, which is much easier with my new saddle. PJ had it easy because I rode him long and low. It was a good stretch to his topline. I only rode for 30 minutes.
Today I formulated a plan on my way to the barn. I wanted to work though parts of my tests. But when I got there, I just didn’t feel like riding. Again, I did anyway and I stuck to my plan. To PJ’s credit, he was fabulous and got better the more we did. As a “reward” I decided to take him for a hack. It turned out to be a reward for both of us. PJ was never so relaxed, and as long as we stayed out of the sun, there were no bugs. I just enjoyed being on his back enjoying the journey. I saw a lot of toads and heard a lot of birds. It was lovely.
I can’t say I will be prepared to go back to training tomorrow, even though I have a lesson. And, I’m thinking that maybe I need to take a break more often for me, if not for him. Or maybe I was just dehydrated or didn’t eat enough or get enough sleep. We’ll see.