An Eventful Day

Well today has been a long but eventful day, I have had two really good rides on two fantastic horses. A day full of horses, face planted the floor off a horse and am now aching and ready for bed, but tomorrow I am off to see Jack, then he's home wednesday. 

So the first ride of the day was on Vettie, we were working on maintaining consistency in the outline in both walk and trot. It went really well, as long as we kept his pace moving and forward we were fine. Our best work was our trot work, where we maintained a great self carriage. I am so happy with the work that we did. We did lots of walk trot transitions doing just short blasts of trot work. We also did lots of circles but we did a small amount of lateral work at the minute just sticking to doing leg yields. 

My second ride of the day was on Tubby (the horse that I am going to part loan) and this is where I face planted the ground. Tubby needs some work with getting on him, he likes to move off. I'd got my foot partly in the stirrup when he decided to trot off, I got my leg over but lost balance and fell off the other side and face planted the floor, I hit my nose and face first on the floor, followed by the rest of me and I landed on my stomach. It was painful but I got back up fairly quickly and got back on him. 

When I'd got on him we worked on getting him to work long and low and then slowly picking up the contact and getting him in to an outline. The key was to maintain the outline. We worked in just the walk at the moment, we had some lovely and well maintained outline work and he was such a pleasure to work with. I need to flex him more towards the outside than I do the inside of the school. Once I had it figured out and had it worked on how to get him in to an outline the lesson went really well. I then cooled him down. 

I can not wait to see the what the future is going to bring with this horses, I think we are going to have lots of good moments, and I am super excited. I'm going to make sure I have a good amount of outline work that gets maintained in the walk before building up to doing anything else. But for now my face and everywhere else is hurting so i'm off to sleep. 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 


  1. Ouch!! I can't believe you had a lesson after face planting!! I hope it healed up quickly and that you are okay. That is definitely a bad habit that will need some work. Did they not warn you he does that??

    1. It was painful and definitely not something that I plan on repeating lol. The lesson after wasn't the best work that I have ever done but I didn't want to create my own mental block after the fall. I'm pretty sure Elaine has improved this habit but I'm not sure.

    2. I applaud you for getting right back on. I'm still dealing with emotional baggage from my first fall off of Chrome. :\


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