When I got to the barn the BM asked if either of us wanted to school Katee, one of the schoolies. So N tacked up Tebo, I tacked up Katee, the BM tacked up a client's horse, and one of her students tacked up Riley. It was a pony party!! Unfortunately, things didn't go super smoothly for everyone.
The lesson student just didn't click with Riley and was having a hard time figuring out his buttons. In her defense he's a very nervous Arabian stallion (ok, cryptorchid technically) who hadn't been worked in a while. He's not nervous in a spooky way, more of a you need to assure him he's just fine and not dying every single step of the way. We did some rearranging, I hopped on Riley and fell in love with him all over again. I rode Riley a little bit when I boarded at this barn and always loved him then, and if I could take in another horse today he would be my pick. He is one of the softest, most willing to please horses I have ever ridden.
|And he's super handsome. That helps.|
My other rides were fun as well but unfortunately no pictures of those ponies. Katee was a typical lesson pony who just tossed her head and pretended she didn't know how to steer whenever I asked anything of her, but it was all good. Then I floundered around on Tebo who is the absolute opposite of Molls. I equate him to riding a dinosaur. He was a total wise guy and just popped into a canter at every available moment. He never once did anything naughty, just pushed my buttons and cracked me up the whole ride. I didn't even care that I probably looked like an idiot, he was just plain fun.
It was really nice to ride with a group again, and to see some old faces.
|Eli, my best-est friend's American Warmblood|
|Tigger, 100 year old Hackney pony and love of my life.|