Today was a big day! Roo and I tackled the double bridle. We’re very sophisticated now. In it, he looks like a “mature” dressage horse to me. My baby is all grown up!
It took forever for me to figure out the fit and make the proper adjustments to it yesterday so I didn’t ride then. Also, I wanted him to get used to it before we rode in it. I have found if I have patience and allow him the time he needs to process new things he’s really able to handle just about anything. If I rush, I have to pay a price – both breaking a bit of our growing bond and dealing with his flight instinct kicking in, which is never fun.
This morning I tacked him up and put on the double. At first, I only picked up the snaffle rein but quickly picked up the curb reins. He didn’t blink. I tested his feelings about the curb bit by dropping the snaffle rein completely and riding with a light contact on the curb. Nothing changed. He continued what I was asking as if I was riding with only a snaffle. I’m confident he’s worn a curb bit before although I do not believe anyone told me that specifically. I may be assuming that because he has been ridden western. Not that it matters if he has or he hasn’t worn a curb bit before yesterday. What matters is that he went perfectly well in the double bridle. “Refinement” here we come!
The ride itself went about like our rides have been going (so-so, but with improvement) except for a brief but definite instance of brilliance. Yes, I said it, we were brilliant! There was a moment when all planets and horse gods aligned just for us. Roo’s back came up under my seat in that “suction seat” way that people say of the best riders’ seats when describing how they bring the horse’s back up. He lifted himself and did a little half step so when I asked him to move off, he was up and light and forward. Wow! So what was I doing during that special moment? Good question! I believe, but cannot say for certain, that I collected the reins, lifted my sternum and inhaled. I might have dropped my shoulder blades into my pockets as well. Whatever I did, I could only come close to repeating it but couldn’t duplicate it exactly during this ride. I’m still chuffed about it because I whole heartedly believe if I can do something once, I can do it again. That bodes well for future rides!
I’m holding onto today’s moment of brilliance and allowing myself to believe we will be ready enough for the show in mid-September. The entry deadline is tomorrow. I’ll be signing us up.
See you at the barn!