|Getting ready for a practice ride.|
Moi and Halo.
|Jose's Halo is listed|
in the program!
|Meet Scarlet - notice Mary looking on|
while she makes me sausage!
|The whole line-up of banners at the HP Stables.|
Halo hangs with EXCEPTIONAL company.
|Ready and waiting on the cross-ties.|
When we got to the arena, Hannah started out riding Halo. As I watched, I could tell she was working hard to get him where she wanted him - and he was not necessarily hitting his gait correctly all the time - or keeping it long once he did. Oh boy - I'm not feeling very good about how my practice ride will go today on this youngster. When she stopped and got off him - I wasn't sure if I would even be riding - but she nodded to the stirrup and indicated I should get on. We won't know until we get me up there - how we'll do. So, this would be a good chance to see how it goes, and decide if we'd be ready enough to show tomorrow. I had my druthers at that moment. And my visions of showing this year were fading fast. We started slow. I was dog walking him, and then started to push him up a bit. I could feel him go out of gait, and set him to try to correct him. It worked! I then got on the rail, and began to work him around the ring. He'd fall in and out of gait - but I could feel him much better today and make the corrections (sometimes even before Hannah had to prompt me). And although it was constant work - we seemed to be working as a team. And, once I got into a groove with him - I could release more in the reins, and felt the great work Hannah has done with him. He'd hold his gait, and on a loose rein. Cool. Hannah's comments were also very positive - and after riding for a while, I was gaining more and more confidence. As my ride ended, I tossed my fist up in the air in success. I felt a lot better today - and Hannah said that was the horse and ride we needed to put in the ring tomorrow. Oh, I better start praying that THIS is the ride I accomplish, instead of the one I had yesterday. Whew.
|Halo meets his banner self. I think he likes him!|