We have to have some bad nights and this was one of them.
I could not grasp any of the lesson that was being taught. Circles in both corners at one end of the arena in something like a figure 8 pattern.
We weren't out there maybe 15 minutes then the mosquitos came out. I have big bites on my face, arms and neck.
Cooper was trying to stay close to other horses, going too fast as usual. I was bouncing too much, couldn't get my legs relaxed, hands were all over and yanking on his poor mouth!!
He was spooking all along the far side and corner of the outdoor arena, lots of scary monsters in the bushes ( cats running around acting crazy ) and I was worrying about it. I almost went off one time but managed to grab the horn and stay on, still grabbed the reins too, but somehow remember to release so I wouldn't pull him over like when I fell off. I know, stop dwelling on it, but that was all that was going through my mind! Oh No!! here we go again!
I couldn't do any of the leg cues because my feet would keep falling out of the stirrups as soon as I tried to bring them back behind the girth or even with it!!
Both of my feet are handicapped, one is the prosthetic the other is useless, from that myelomengocele I was born with.
I feel awful watching the video that my husband took, hopefully I learn from most of these!
Then at the end of the night Cooper still stuck to me like glue, done for the night mommy.
He sweat so much under his saddle, I had a different navajo under that pad, didn't wick up any sweat.
I am sure he was bothered by that.
Al towelled and scrubbed him with a big towel on all his wet spots then we went in arena to see if he would roll, but he didn't.
Hoping to get out 3 days in a row this weekend to practice, it's a long one for us here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.