I'm still riding the 2 dressage Arabians regularly so I don't feel like I've lost much. I also might start working some of the green Arabians too so right now I don't have a shortage of rides. I also feel less guilty about riding other horses when Lester isn't there to see me:-) he's like a jealous boyfriend and gets so mad and whiny. But damn, he is cute.
This is Billy, he's 3rd level and looks like a little warmblood. Gosh does he make me work for it, I've never ridden a horse before that required so much leg and for one to have NO reaction to my legs! Even my new magic boots can't save me! His owner gave me a lounge lesson on him last Saturday to work on my sitting trot and I thought I was going to die, I am so freaking weak. I haven't been able to ask for any of the fun stuff like shoulder in or half pass because I still can barely get him to move. It takes all my energy to just keep him forward. It's embarrassing actually!
The little gray one is JB aka Jumper Bunny. Apparently he liked to jumped out of his pasture as a weanling and stir up all kinds of trouble. He's a sweety though. He's 2nd level and I can get him to move a bit better, but it still takes everything I got. Both Billy and JB are very level headed and really nice to ride. I think I have been spoiled by forward thoroughbreds for too long and I'm really paying the price now. Lester never would just die out on me if I took my leg off him and didn't take much gas either:-)
Poor JB had a bout with colic last week let's hope he's completely over it. The weather has been crazy lately so that was no help. One day it's in the 70's and the next it's snowing, but that's Georgia for you.