Riding green horses is a lot like riding a really bumpy roller coaster. One day you are on top of the world and the next you can feel like you are in some kind of horror movie. Annie is definitely one that can throw you from a super high to a super low in a matter of minutes.
Jumping this funny creature literally makes me feel like I can do anything. Flatting said creature makes me want to simultaneously cry and die at times. After our last HT in October we started making breakthroughs. Annie started to become more consistent in transitions and she started to accept a more reliable contact (aka I started to ask for it with my leg on). That said I haven’t been able to schedule a lesson for literally months and haven’t really seen myself ride either. Video is your friend people. I am amazed by the things that I do and am not realizing until I see them in videos or pictures. Until I can get more regular lessons and my SoloShot arrives I plan to prop up my phone whenever I can.
That said when I look back to where I was just a year ago I cannot believe how far Annie has come. She is now the horse I don’t hesitate to let a 9yo get on, hop on after weeks of minimal riding, and I know that at the drop of the hat I can throw her on the trailer for a fun adventure. It is easy to get caught in the ruts when things aren’t progressing as you would like with a green horse but it is so important to be able to look back on your progress and recognize the small wins! Anyone else feel this way? It is an adventure but I wouldn’t trade the past year with Annie for anything!