Friday, August 7, 2009

Flying

I just had to share. Green horses don't stay green forever. Even acknowledging that fact, progress often catches me by surprise.

I went down to the fairgrounds to do a short gallop to loosen up the big boy and get him into a "forward" mindset before tomorrow's show. I went by myself *gasp* so I was a bit nervous. Brego was looky for his mare-friend, but otherwise perfectly behaved.

We got to the big open field and I did some trotting in circles to check the brakes, steering, and balance of my ride. All checked out, suspension felt good, so I asked for the canter and headed out over the 20 acre front field. Brego settled into a nice open canter and I found myself relaxing.

No leg, no pulling, perfect self balance, he kept the same tempo in this steady, glorious canter. There was no squeak from my saddle, no huffing and puffing from either myself or the horse. I am finally strong enough to keep myself up in two point without touching the saddle, letting my legs, hips and back absorb his huge stride. There was silence. No, not quite. I could hear each individual footfall. ba-da-dum ba-da-dum ba-da-dum.

Normally, Brego requires riding in the canter. He requires leg to keep going, or hands to slow him down, seat or chest to balance. It's a lot of work. But today, he required nothing from me but to enjoy the flight.

It was. Flying.


8 comments:

jill said...

Love, love, love when that happens!
I know exactly what you're describing. It's just great isn't it?

Kate said...

How wonderful - that's one of the most amazing experiences in the world!

Andrea said...

Ooooo I had some of that today too. It really has to be one of THE best feelings in the whole world.

Tammy said...

I'm there with you.... love to fly! Great post!

Marissa said...

Awesome! You've inspired me to ride in our big field this weekend. Good luck at the show! I hope you get some good pictures of B. with all those little guys around him!

Jean said...

Love it! What a grand feeling. It is always a moment to treasure when something like that happens.

HorseOfCourse said...

I love those moments when I truly feel as one with my horse - I live with my head up in the skies for several days...
Good luck with the show!

manymisadventures said...

It gives me goosebumps just reading that.

I haven't had the chance to do that with Pandora for quite awhile now, but I'm looking forward to my next chance.