Friday, 1 July 2011

Todays ride

Not a lot to report today so I will keep it a short one. I had a good ride today, about 15 minutes. Worked on walk circles and ground poles, then finished with a trot around the arena on both reins. My dad came to watch again and said the improvement in my confidence was really noticeable. He also said that Diesel's walk had greatly improved since he last watched, he was going more forward and stepping under more. I am so glad as this shows that the ground poles are working a treat. I try to incorporate them into every ride now, randomly going over them from time to time and from varying distances, it is really encouraging Diesel to pick his feet up more and work through from behind.

Another thing struck me today, the feeling of power that Diesel gives when you ride. You can really feel the 'engine' going from his hindquarters, much more than any other horse I have ever ridden (and there have been many!). It surprises me every time you ride just how much power this little pony has. It feels amazing in the few seconds that Diesel will lighten on the forehand and step under fully from behind, like floating. As a result it makes you feel like you are riding something much bigger than a 13.2hh pony, a feeling that is enhanced by his long stride. I was wondering if anyone else had horses like this? Or quite the opposite a horse that rides a lot smaller than it is?


  1. Sounds like you're doing really well. The ground poles must be working. Good idea. I haven't ridden a smaller horse that feels bigger, but it makes sense and sounds wonderful. Good for you and Diesel!

  2. Thank you for your comment Carol!