Today is Winter Tournament #3. Watch for tweets.
As with the previous show, I’ve been on a horse once this month. Last time it was the week before. This time, it was three weeks ago. I’m not overly concerned with forgetting how to ride. I am concerned with forgetting how to ride saddleseat. Eighteen months with American Saddlebreds will evaporate and 30+ years with American Thoroughbreds will take over.
Not sure who I will be riding for Academy Showmanship, but Sam usually gets the pattern class rides. Some horses, such as Trump, will let me slip in a few hunt seat moves. Not Sam. If I sit in the center of the saddle and thump him with my heels, he turns into an up-down lesson pony until I scoot back, lift my hands, and ride him properly. He knows. He just refuses.
My instructor says that I am still allowed to show but I’m not allowed to bitch about my ribbons.
Gratuitous Cat Pic