My No Stirrup November started today because I haven’t been able to ride my horse for the last 6 days. Saturday and Sunday…rain. Monday and Tuesday we were out of town for husband’s military doctor appointment, and then Wednesday and yesterday it rained some more. Today it rained as well, but I couldn’t take it anymore.
P hasn’t been out of his stall since last Saturday. Thanks to being out of town for two days and then working late because of the work that piled up while I was gone, I wasn’t even able to get there to handwalk him. And thanks to daylight savings time, it’s pitch black by 5:30…my usual riding time.
So I pulled my manure stained pony out, tacked up and headed to the pond that once was an arena. I knew we wouldn’t do much, because it was muddy and slippery, so perfect first day for no stirrups! P isn’t dumb, so I figured he wouldn’t be too eager to gallop around like he normally would after being stuck in a stall for that long if the footing was good.
I’ve actually never done no stirrups on this horse, so that means I haven’t done no stirrup work in at least 2 years. I can’t recall doing no stirrups with Jester, but I probably did. We stuck to walk/trot for a few minutes and then trot/canter. He was a gem to the right, but going to the left in the canter he got spooked by my son throwing around leaves. I didn’t trust my stickability after only ten minutes, so I let it go. I feel like my leg is all wrong going to the right, but better to the left. And my arms are way too stiff. I was trying so hard to keep my hips moving, I forgot about my elbows…oops.
I refuse to beat myself up about it though, because it’s day 1 and I’m excited to see my progress by the end of the month.
Then I asked Justin to brush the mud off P’s legs and baby Noah had to get in on the action. If there’s one thing I can say about this horse, he is AMAZING with kids. He loves them.
And then Noah left the building.
So right after riding I head to crossfit. Due to my having the plague, it’s my 3rd day back in nearly 3 weeks. So I’m already sore, now I just did no stirrup work, so sure, let’s do pull-ups and thrusters! If you don’t know what a thruster is, you’re lucky. They’re terrible. So I probably won’t be able to walk tomorrow.
But for a better seat and a stronger core? I’ll suffer through.