For No Reason at All
It's Monday, so after a full day at school, I was too worn out to ride. I know I'll be sorry as the weather was pretty nice.
And, from all indications, I have a lesson with Gabriel on the weekend, so I need to get some quality saddle time in between now and then. Well, not essential, actually. The nice thing about a lesson is that we work with the horse we have at the time, not some figment of our imagination of what the horse should be at the time.
That is the approach to lessons I have developed over the years. My horses have more than once surprised me at a lesson in both good and bad ways. Sometimes they perform far beyond what I would ever have expected--like the time Lockie Richards told me to cross the center line at a canter and ask Toby for a flying change. There it was, first time ever! And, at the opposite side are the lessons where we spent the entire session just walking or trotting or trying to relax.
With Tucker, I've even spent a few lessons just standing there, trying to convince him to take just one step forward or sideways or back or just to move his foot. However, I have high hopes for the weekend. I have treated him for his hock issues and he is currently on another course of the ulcer medication. So, he has no real excuses. Nor do I.
Which means we will probably spend a part of the lesson spooking at things in and around the arena. We will be going down to Stacie's farm to ride. When I first adopted Tucker, he lived there as he was not yet gelded. Stacie took incredibly good care of him. He had a leg injury with a big section of proud flesh that needed regular care and bandaging. Stacie was a wonderful nurse and Tuck managed to be a tolerable patient for a two year old Thoroughbred.
But that was a long time ago, so returning will be a new adventure for Tuck. However, if he loses a shoe between now and then, Chance will be going instead. I could even take Toby if I was totally stuck.
When I think about it, I'm pretty lucky to have the options. Three nice horses to choose from.