(It’s a pretty ok song too!)
Rode in a lesson the other day and also went to a show Young Galaxy was featured at. They were pretty good actually, and the lead singer is suuuper intense.
And during my lesson, I was able to reflect on where Oats and I were last year compared with this year–and it’s tough to even make the comparison, we’re miles from where we used to be!
Last year, he was still bucking, we did 2 shows with very minor success and a lot of frustration, our canter departs and canter itself was fraught with nerves and some scary behaviour. Oh and I didn’t trust him, at all.
This September? We’ve been to 7 shows and his behaviour has been really really good. We are mastering the canter depart even at a walk on the left rein (right still needs work but MUCH smoother). His canter work is so uphill and better balanced, we have jumped 2’9” and done courses at a show at 2’6”, done dressage shows and well, just everything!
Last year around this time, I was thinking of selling him. This year? I couldn’t be happier. Sure, he has he idiot moments and can be a bit insecure sometimes and nippy, but man….Miles apart.
I think the key was time, trusting each other, and working more on our dressage basics. Yeah I’m definitely not a Dressage Queen, but it’s been changing me from being a ‘passenger’ to being a ‘rider‘. And we’ve seen a major improvement. My flatwork is much more focused, Oats is happier and more interested in flat work. Before, I was worried to canter on the flat, because I was afraid he would pull something nasty (buck, hissy fit, etc). Now? Excellence.
I admit I do long for some of those fancy championship ribbons, but they’ll come…In the meantime, I’m really enjoying my pony and his great strides towards success!
Oats is also learning how different things look at night–as we have never ridden during the evening, it’s a spooky time for him haha. And for me–it’s so dark! Yeeesh.