often because I enjoy their company and they enjoy getting out.
Pete resumed teaching today – this time, he has one summer class, that is public speaking. He got home at 6 p.m. and shortly thereafter we headed over to Beth’s for a Tuesday evening lesson. Meagan, one of the string bean riders, told both Pete and I that Beth was at a graduation, hence, there was no lesson. She added that I was welcome to ride in the arena. I went in with Raudi once the mare and her new foal were back in the barn.
Raudi now equates being in the arena with work – and it’s work that she seems to enjoy doing. There were two other (string bean) riders on the big horses. It was dusty and at times hard for me to see them. So I erred on the side of caution and kept Raudi out of harm’s way. There were overturned cavalettis and ground poles, and traffic cones here and there, so I first walked Raudi over said items, then rode her over them at a walk,, then rode her over them at a trot. All the while, she remained focused. There were also two plastic flower jumps in the arena- I first walked Raudi over each one. A few minutes later Pete said that he wanted to take a photo of us going over the jump – he said that the mountains would be a nice backdrop.
I obliged and aimed Raudi at the blue flower jump, at a trot. Upon coming closer, I loosened the reins, looked up, and squeezed my legs like the horse underneath me was a tube of toothpaste. Over the first jump she went, then over the second jump she went. I was of course disappointed that Beth wasn’t there on a night in which Raudi was clearly focused but oh well.
I know that Raudi will do just as well if not better the next time. This will be 11 days from now, when I get back from CA.
Next: 133. 5/18/15: Preliminaries