Horses sure do have a way of keeping us humble. Saturday I had that fabulous clinic ride. Monday I had some friends out to the barn to see the kittens and to hang out with us. The plan was for the girls to take a pony ride on Miss Em after I rode her. These two girls are frequently in Emi photos and they love getting to "ride" her. As it turned out Emi was NOT having it!
I rode her in some jingle bells that I wanted to use on a trial ride this weekend. After ten minutes of a very tense pony I removed the bells. 5 more minutes of riding and she was no better. Off again, this time to change her saddle pad (maybe a princess and the pea situation?). No better. Off again, this time for the lunge line. 10-15 minutes of lunging and back on again. This time she was more settled so after 10 more minutes we called it a night. Talk about a difficult ride. We did end up taking a few photos with the stinker pony which turned out pretty cute. Now the 2 year old who normally says "ride, Emi, helmet" is saying "Emi, spin, spankin'." How funny is that!?
Emi did redeem herself with a great ride this afternoon so that was very much appreciated. Horses were in today due to predicted ice and snow. I lunged her for about 10 minutes prior to hopping on. Once in the saddle I was able to go to work on some of our clinic homework. I hope we come out ready to play for our next clinic.
I'm noticing that my saddle seems to be sliding forward so I've also contacted the saddle fitter to schedule an appointment. Hopefully we will be able to make a trip to her in the near future.