Wednesday, February 06, 2013
People say horses don't know and aren't like dogs. They certainly do. It had been about a month since I've seen JC. If this makes sense, the horse was actually happy to see us. Throughout grooming him to get him ready, he either had his head on mine or Brian's shoulder. I rode him terrible. My balance was way off. I think he put on some extra pounds because my legs weren't in the right place. He had every right to be upset with me and the way I was riding. Instead, when he got confused, he would just stop and turn and look at me as if he were saying, "Are you going to get it together yet?"
Everyone thinks riding a horse is easy and, even as riders, we take it for granted after a while that "anyone can do it." Don't do it for a while and you realize the muscle and skill it takes to stay with them.
I must add that he was my second workout of the day. This morning I did the Victoria challenge. My sparkcoach challenge was to get in extra movement today above and beyond the usual workout. I decided I might as well throw in JC and Victoria in the same day. I got quite the workout today and burned just about 1,000 calories.
I did learn a lesson that I will never go that long without riding again if I can help it. My horse is an absolute saint! I would have dumped me.