There’s something unsettling about leaving your horse with someone new, in a new place and awaiting their opinion/judgement of the horse.

I was 100% upfront and honest about what was happening with us because:

  1. Pretending everything is okay is unhelpful
  2. Omitting potential issues is dangerous

If anything, I feel like I have a tendency to make things seem worse, so that there is always room to be pleasantly surprised.

 

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Ah yes, the old “hope for the best and expect the worst” philosophy.

 

After about 3 days of silence (no news is good news, right?) where I had to sit on my hands to avoid desperately asking for on-the-minute updates, I finally received the message I had been waiting for…

The good news: It wasn’t just me who felt like they were working super hard to get him going properly. Yay, I’m not useless!

The bad news: If a pro-rider says he’s been making them work for it, they probably are not going as well as you’d hope.

More good news: He was getting better with every ride and the rest of the week saw him improving greatly.

Trainer J had to head to Sydney for a few days which meant Monday/Tuesday were out for me coming out to ride and with that, I headed out to Trainer J’s place on the Wednesday to see how he was going.

AKA how he was going once captain numpty hopped back on.

 

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Captain Numpty, reporting for duty.

 

After she quickly warmed him up and showed me where things were at I hopped on and proceeded to have my ass handed to me by the tiny weapon of mass destruction that is Trainer J.

 

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Pro tip: do not eat curry for lunch before a lesson. You think I would know that.

 

I have never come so close to hurling from the back of a horse. I can try and blame the curry but I honestly think I am just seriously unfit, and I have never felt so uncoordinated which is a big call coming from someone who can’t make it through a doorway without crashing into one side.

The aim of the game was to get him super off my leg and forward, and it hurt like hell. I think a bit of my soul died when I had to mentally tell myself I was not allowed to spew in front of Trainer J the first time she ever saw me ride.

 

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Trainer J asked if I needed a walk break and I was like “no…” *Internal screaming*

The best news was that he felt super throughout the lesson, even if I did feel incredibly discombobulated, unstable and disorganised. That’s fine, I can learn to ride him in this new way if it makes things better/easier for him. And apparently it does. With each ride, things felt like they were getting a bit easier to remember, understand and execute, so by the time we went home I thought we should be fine to carry on and practice everything on our own (and hopefully without reverting to bad habits).

 

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SO much footage available thanks to my Pivo. God I love this thing.

 

We were originally schedule to go home on the Friday and do another clinic with Deon, however I opted to keep him with Trainer J for the extra 2 days given the cost was roughly the same and I thought the consistency was more important. Also, I intend to keep doing weekly lessons with Trainer J moving forwards so it seemed like the more logical move all around.

And with that, the Bumper car returned home and it was up to us to keep going…

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  1. Wow! Sounds like a lot of progress through this bootcamp! I totally agree with your decisions to spend the money on making sure you had the consistency down. I find that replicating what I do in lessons outside of lessons is basically the most difficult part of riding… especially when something is physically hard.

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    1. Yep, I do not regret the decision at all! We’re not at a level where we need fancy clinics anyway, we just need solid consistent help… not that there’s a large amount of difference in experience between the two coaches anyway haha. Interestingly i feel like if you were to look at the initial media from the first ride, it would look like we’d regressed but we then picked up really quickly with a much happier horse.

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    1. I nearly spat out a curry at speed on horseback, so I can empathise with the feeling.

      You think I would know better, wouldn’t you? But no, I thought 2 hours was plenty of time for it to pass through my system and I was WRONG.

      I learned this lesson 6 years ago when I ate salami and some fairy bread (not together but in the same sitting) before a jumps lesson.

      Blehhhhh.

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