It's been a process trying to get back to where I was before Koda dumped me. Nothing is the same.
The first ride after that day, I saw Koda and unexpectedly found myself full of feelings I didn't know I had. I was disappointed with everyone concerned, especially me. I tried a second new saddle, and didn't like it much. We got through the lesson, and I spent the next week sorting out my feelings.
After Koda's massages were done (I am still waiting for mine) and he was no longer sore, they took him on numerous trail rides, worked hills, and even took saddle number one back for a riding session. I feel very fortunate to have two caring people who took my fall personally, and are trying to help us get back on track. Our trainer is working hard to make sure there is no residual effect on Koda, and helping me deal with my squashed confidence and his ramped up young attitude.
After a couple weeks, my soreness went away. We decided I should try Brad's saddle. I rode in it, liked it, and had a good ride. We even loped off with ease, and Trainer Patty was delighted - and a little surprised. For now, Brad is riding in Patty's saddle and I will continue riding in his favorite saddle - which is very nice of him to share.
I thought Koda & I had turned a corner, but tonight's ride made it clear that we are still working through it. We planned a trail ride right from our trainers farm, down the driveway we went - and that's where the problems started. So embarrassing, right away the little sh** would not listen to me. He was doing his backing out of whatever he doesn't want to do, in this case delayed supper and go on a trail ride. This is going to be a looong process...
It was a hot day in WI for early June, high 90's. We finally got to the hills where they work the horses. Trainer Patty wanted to show me that Koda was fine with the hills, which gave me a photo opp - albeit into the sun. I really didn't want to ride the hills, but she helped me with the smaller of the three. Guess what? I didn't get bucked off this time. All I can say is the hills were ALOT steeper in person then the pictures show, and had varied footing.
|Patty & Koda getting ready to go down the steepest hill.|
It made Koda look like he was standing on his head at one point.