A Christmas Surprise

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you had a great holiday season and were able to spend time with those you love (2 or 4 legged!)

I spent the 24th with family, which is our tradition, which meant the 25th was a day for me to do what I pleased. And while I had plans to spend part of the day with friends, and part of the day walking Shelter dogs, I had the morning to myself.

Which meant, after a nice run, I could ride both of my favorite grey mares!

I hadn’t ridden Georgie in a few weeks, but Sarah asked me to hop on her and tune her up for an older gentleman who takes dressage lessons on her. I was happy to have the chance to hop on her!

I started with June and she was full of it. Not in a bad way, just in a baby horse way. She wanted to root and run through my hand. She wanted to act spooky at one end of the arena. She wanted to skip trotting and get to cantering.

We worked through all of it and it was actually really fun. We’d get a lovely rhythmic trot and she’d start rooting. We’d work on that and she would get spooky. Oh baby horse, so many tricks to get out of work! In the end we had some lovely moments. I love how forward she is, and honestly, love how easy the work is for her. She’s still a baby and so so green, but she clearly has so much talent and if I can harness that, I really think we can have years of fun ahead of us. By the end of the ride we were both sweating, but had accomplished a lot, and I called it a day.

Cute barn cat Willie dressed up in a red bow

While June cooled off, I hopped on Georgie. Georgie will always be my heart horse. Let me start by saying that. She is safe and uncomplicated and she and I have had so much fun together. I have so much love for her and am so lucky she is a part of my life.

Always makes me smile

But, oh my God, riding her and “tuning her up” was more of a workout than I expected. She’s gotten heavy and hard in the mouth. She’s been allowed to go around on her forehand for so long now, that asking her to go in an uphill frame with impulsion was a true test of my fitness (and hers). I spent the entire ride just getting her to come up off of her forehand. We worked on keeping her uphill through corners while not losing impulsion. I worked my butt off to get her to canter over two ground poles, two strides apart, and not letting her fall on her forehand on the backside. She seems to have lost the concept of bend, so we had a conversation about it.

By the end of the ride she was forward, bending, and somewhat uphill. I was dripping in sweat.

As we both cooled off, I thought to myself “Well, if I’m being honest, I enjoyed riding June more than Georgie.”

And if that’s not a Christmas surprise, I don’t know what is. I’m sure the next time June throws me into next week I’ll be singing a different tune, but for now, I’m really appreciating all that is baby June.

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10 thoughts on “A Christmas Surprise

  1. Awe 🙂 its a good feeling to love the new horse.

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  2. martidoll123 says:

    great job riding both of them i am tired reading all that. PS that jacket looks fabulous on you 🙂 Happy holidays!

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  3. emma says:

    omg haha, that’s kinda awesome tho!! and i guess that makes it official, right? June’s ya girl now! gotta love that feeling when she’s finally going exactly the way you like! 😉

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  4. Liz says:

    Sounds like a great day even with the hard work riding 😉

    And I love the shot of them both completely chilling while tied. Gorgeous gray mares, the both of them.

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  5. Tracy says:

    Hah, it’s so great to have two horses to ride because they’re so different and allow you to enjoy each. I looooove Niko, but sometimes it’s just great to get to ride Moiya.

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  6. Britt says:

    Got your Secret Santa gift! Thank you SO much! I’m blogging about it today- I just love them and will absolutely be tagging you when that gorgeous wine bag sees its first bit of action! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  7. L. Williams says:

    haha that is quite the christmas surprise! I’m glad you had a happy holidays 🙂

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