When it rains, it pours. Even though it's rainy for the next couple of days I'm not just talking about the weather:-) Last month I emailed an old instructor of mine, Gigi of Touch n' Go farm (she has a great website and stories of all the meaningful horses in her life) and asked her if she had anyone I could come take a lesson on, that I just didn't have anyone to ride. Like most dressage training barns she has no lesson horses, but she said I could come ride her daughter's pony and take a lesson on her. So I did this about a month ago! My sister Jen and I used to take lessons all the time with Gigi. Every Thursday she and I would trailer our horses (Lester and Kate) nearly 2 hours away for one. The ironic thing is that when I moved Lester down to Newnan-only about 20 minutes from Gigi's is when I stopped taking lessons:-( Backwards huh? But I didn't have a trailer, so, so close yet so far syndrome. I did take Less over to her place for a week of training back in 2005. It started out like a marriage counseling session because I had taken him there for her to help me ride through his spooking, but of course once we got there he didn't spook at a thing so we got to do something actual training... I must really ride differently in front of an instructor verses on my own:-/
Anyway while Gigi's daughter, Cassidy, was helping me get her horse Hanna ready to ride, I was greeted by their flock of dogs and I said "I remember this black dog that would come up and spit a rock out at my feet". Cassidy pointed down and said that would be "Dasiy", I couldn't believe it that was over 13 years ago that I had first met that dog! They even still had their boy goat named Eddie, again I first met him over 13 years ago. I just think it's so cool they were still around... so I took a lesson and both Gigi and Hanna worked my butt off! OMG my face was so red and my muscles ached so bad. Miss Hanna takes a LOT of leg, but she's a cute little horse that knows her stuff so it was a good lesson. I plan to take some more lessons on her if "life" would ever work out and let me, but between the rain, work and our schedules it just hasn't worked out...........but in the same weekend a boarder at our barn asked if I would start riding her horse, Basonge...so I've been riding pretty regularly lately:-) He's green, but a solid little guy that's pretty laid back. Like Hanna, I felt like I had to beat him with my legs at first just to get him to go, but he's respecting my legs much better lately and I haven't even been wearing spurs...I hope to take him to Gigi's for some lessons soon, just need to talk to the owner.
So meet Basonge...he's a 6 year old, Arabian. I do feel a little top heavy on him though:-)