I feel like such a slug, I am so busy every day I barely have time to sit on the couch with SO and yet I feel like a lazy lump. What did I do this morning that made me so horribly disappointed? I rode my horse. Bareback.
I've tend to do it once every few months, either because I am lazy or because I want to tune up a balance issue or what not. Back when I was younger and broke, I rode bareback for over 2 years because I had outgrown my western saddle and couldn't afford to buy a new saddle (and can't bear to part with my old saddle). Eventually I bought an english saddle from a friend for really cheap and the rest is history but I have always had fantastic balance and strength and I think it was from all the time I rode bareback.
So I figured I should ride a horse in case I decide to try the horse show on Sunday, I should ride at least once before I make my decision right? Yesterday I watered some of the arena (another reason I don't ride all of the time, dang dusty arena) and this morning I watered more of it. Since I didn't have a lot of time left I hopped on the App bareback. He is out of shape and has dropped about 50lbs more than I wanted with his diet so I was just going to do some easy walk/trot. Walk was fine, he was alert and forward, quite swingy and relaxed. After almost 10 mins of walk I trotted and I am ashamed. Horribly, terribly, horrifyingly ashamed. My balance was off, I had to grip much harder than I should have. My stamina was off. After a lap around my little arena my legs were telling me stop. I went around a couple more times in one lap/half lap increments and called it a morning because I am so disappointed in myself. There is absolutely no way I would pass any instructors glance, I felt like a new rider. Blah!
So I am again trying to renew my gusto for riding, SO is coming home late tonight so I am going to ride tonight and I have riding buddy #2 coming out tomorrow night so I will ride then. Maybe I will ride on Sunday and next week I will have to drag my butt out of bed at 530a to ride. My next "real" show is Aug 21st at an open hunt/jump show, I need to be better prepared. It isn't fair to the horses or to myself, I have to suck it up and stop being a slug.