Riding Log: I am learning how to ride Icelandic horses with the lovely [personal profile] lyonesse

Feb. 12th, 2009 01:40 pm
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I have wanted to do this for years, and now that I have some time on my hands and enough money to keep the wolves temporarily at bay, dammit, I am going to do this.

A couple of weeks ago, I signed on to take a eries of horseback riding lessons with [livejournal.com profile] lyonesse.  I had my first lesson two weeks ago and meant to start my riding log then, but better late than never.  Last week was bitter cold, too cold for the ponies.  This week on the other hand we have a lovely thaw and all of the ice is melting so I am really looking forward to getting out there again.

First lesson: 

[livejournal.com profile] lyonesse showed me how to put the bridle on the pony, mount, and we practiced starting, stopping, turning, and reviewed overall communication with the pony.  I learned among other things that a panicky "Whoawhoawhoa...." sounds a little like the command to tolt, so I am learning not to do that.  And not to panic.  I rode bareback, which was delightful, and managed to not pull a Gimli (i.e., fall completely off) even when the pony jump over a snowbank.

Best part of the day was learning how to brush, groom, and massage the pony afterwards.  His coat is delightfully shaggy and warm and he visiably loved having his ears rubbed. 

More later.   My plan for now is to go at least once a week-- much depend's on [livejournal.com profile] lyonesse's schedule and where she can squeeze me in.

Yay!

Date: 2009-02-12 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tatjna.livejournal.com
Ponies! (ponies are awesome)

Date: 2009-02-12 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizsybarite.livejournal.com
Oooh fun! I miss riding. It's a great use of your lady of leisure time.

(Taking notes, considering I'm now one as well...)

Date: 2009-02-12 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hotel-jewelweed.livejournal.com
OMG! I am way behind on LJ and if you posted about this, I missed it. How are you doing? My condolences!

Date: 2009-02-13 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizsybarite.livejournal.com
It's OK, but I'm pissed. There are posts if you want 'em. ;)

Date: 2009-02-15 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyonesse.livejournal.com
i still love the "pull a gimli" phrase. i've had people do that, too (and come along to be exellent riders; i should check in the book and see if that happened to gimli too -- do you remember by chance? :)

you gotta post yer next lesson and all the steering and expressing of opinions! (nag, nag nag nag ;)

OMG PONIES!!11!

Date: 2009-02-17 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weeschooligan.livejournal.com
I am so jealous! It has been ages since I've been around ponies! Sounds delightful!

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