|this is Noel|
|she be little. and i have a sick sense of humor so i dressed her in orange. you're welcome.|
|not my typical red ears. mane is just as wild tho|
It was funny - she rode in some ways very similarly to Isabel. Not at all like the tank that she looks like. Clearly a horse who has been schooled. We didn't push too hard at the flat bc the poor thing was definitely out of shape lol. It felt reassuring tho to feel like I could get on a new horse and find all the buttons.
|that moment when the pony is super tidy up front, but almost takes the rail with her belly|
P pointed out that you don't really want to be riding a pony at their maximum stride length, that it's better to make sure you can compress when needed. So we went back and did it again in 3-4 mostly nicely. Tho when we put the whole course together it became a 2-4... but rode well so it was all good.
|turns out i can drift left on equines of all sizes!|
|she was a kinda cool ride, actually|
We basically did the typical P lesson of working through all the individual parts of a course - lots of bending lines and skinnies and a corner and a sharks tooth and a liverpool - then putting the jumps up and putting it all together.
|this photo makes me giggle. a lot. lol|
Whatever tho. I'm in balance, and she jumps so flat and the jumps were so small that a more aggressively folded position on my part would have been maybe equally ridiculous. Maybe. Idk. I can rationalize anything haha.
|run Noel, RUN!|
But whatever. It was fun. I think the pony mare had fun - I honestly mostly left her alone to do her job, only putting in corrections like lifting her up to the fences and balancing in the corners. But otherwise I just enjoyed being a passenger.
Then we hacked out to the xc field so another lesson mate could school a ditch or two before her show and called it a day.
|thank god for barn rats who are happy to hack her down to her field way out in timbuktu!!|
What about you - do you like to switch it up and ride other horses when possible?