Friday, April 3, 2009

Riding the Storm out...Literally.

What happens when 1/2 way through your lesson a rain/thunder/lighting storm hits? Luckily for me Jr. only got tense and did one sort of mini-bolt that wasn't even a big deal and spent the rest of the time trotting along with his ears back. It was SOOOO loud that we couldn't even hear KAT. We just kept trotting (English lesson) and waited for it to pass. It was a bit chaotic, though because two horses were lunging and were NOT happy with the deafening noise, one rider called it quits, and one spend the rest of the lesson on the ground doing showmanship in the corner. So there was a lot of activity and Jr did fine with it. Once the rain stopped (it was a very small but strong cell) we continued on and he wasn't very good about keeping his left shoulder up at all. PLUS I handed my camera to one of the kids to get a little video which I will NOT be posting because my feet are WAY too far forward. I've nixed that problem for the most part in a western saddle, but it seems that is not the case with English. I am considering with the other stresses I have this month to just focus on Western for the May 3rd show, but I've got a few weeks to see how it goes. I'll put a few more training rides on him, too, right before the show.

Off to work.


  1. I've done, ridden through it and gotten off. It depends on how bad it spoooks me. I don't like electrical storms either. Kudos to you for continuing on with your lesson.

  2. I really love the picture of you horse on the sidebar!! ;)
    I've never ridden in a storm. I think I would freak out, especially if out on the trail! Luckily, we don't have many lightning or thunder storms around here.