I finally rode on Saturday which was the first time since getting dumped last Saturday. It wasn't fear that kept me out of the saddle, but to admit that I wasn't nervous would be a lie. I actually didn't ride for many reasons: 1) I was really sore, 2) Tobi was very sick, and 3) I had a work function until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. And since there was no way to ride that late, I went out for ice cream with Cha Ching's mom on her birthday.
My plan for Saturday was to get on Speedy G, rebuild a little confidence, walk around for 5 - 10 minutes, and then be done. When I got on, I discovered that riding hurt less than driving my car. My confidence came flooding back. Sitting in the car, or in a chair, puts me in a chair position which put a lot of pressure on my seat bone. OUCH. When I sat in the saddle, I realized that my legs hung beneath me which put my pelvic bone in a different position which turned out to be almost painless. Woohoo! I ended up riding Speedy G at walk, trot, and canter and was pleased with how quickly he got on the bit. Frankly, I made the ride all business and didn't give him time to screw around. After 15 minutes, I pat him on the neck with a good boy!, and put him away.
My confidence was good, but I was still nervous about riding Sydney. While he had been turned out over the last week, it had been eights days since he's been under saddle. While I wasn't in actual pain while riding Speedy G, I knew that my seat wasn't back to normal. Even so, I saddled up and hopped on. Piece of cake. Sydney was relaxed and happy to be working. We did some walking on the buckle, and then I asked him for a relaxed stretchy trot. It took a while to get some reach, but we did. I gave him some good boy pats, and then I put him away. There didn't seem to be any reason to tempt fate by over-working my own body. I fed both boys, skipped the stall cleaning, and went home for a well-deserved nap.
My new helmet finally arrived. After hitting the ground so hard last Saturday, I felt it was safest to just replace the helmet. For schooling I wear the Ovation Sync, which I love, love, love. I ordered the Ovation Competitor helmet which fits really well. Click photos for larger views and captions.
Buck Brannaman - I forgot to tell you that I finished his second book, Believe, last week. I really enjoyed it and recommend it as much as his first book, The Faraway Horses.
I've also sent in my next show entry, but that deserves it's own blog post!