Sorry no pics!
RA came to exercise Megan this morning. She did some long lining with Megs and commented that she's really learning. Then she mounted up for the real work.
Megan is hard work to get going but she's been doing side stretches, small circles in walk and building up to trot. It was soo hot today that poor old Megs was sweating buckets too. She spent roughly 40 minutes riding doing loads of walk/halt/trot transitions and moving her in different directions to improve suppleness.
Then I got on with a blimmin saddle and stirrups (and the Dually)... Megan was a pain in the A*SE!!! She fought me and could have represented her country in the PLOD OF THE YEAR AWARDS.
RA made me take her round some tight circles (did I say 'take' her, should have said 'haul' her). After a while I got fed up and had to make a confession... I always talk
to Megan when I ride (actually I chat insanely to her); I go all high pitched and squeaky-mummy voice when she's going well and she responds to that and a couple of 'clucking' noises to keep it up, to reprimand her for not picking up or getting on with it I growl 'get ON with it' and she generally does. Soo, we'll never win a dressage contest, but we'll never enter one! All me and Megs want to do is ride our own private journey in our own private way.... the only thing that won't be private is our conversation as we go! RA looked
and said 'okay then'... I don't think she's impressed
Megan goes better bareback than with the blurry saddle and stirrups, I can feel when she's going to obey me or disobey me and act accordingly even before I would have made an assumption either way under saddle. Does anybody know what I mean or am I an oddity?
RA said she'll ride her in a bit next time (ohhhhh dear, poor Megan) and will see what she's like in the bareback pad for me (good