It has been a long time since I have ridden Ozzie, my 4 year old gelding. Probably a few months. Mr. Cowboy has ridden him but not me. I have been having speed issues with him. He likes to grab the bit and trot at speeds of 24 mph. Okay, maybe not that fast but it sure feels like it. Well, yesterday I went to our first barrel lesson. And you know what? Ozzie was AWESOME! He had not been ridden in about a month. I lunged him the day before the lesson and then when we got to the lesson, I saddled him up and CiCi took him out to the round pen. She watched him go both directions and then got on him in the round pen. She just wanted to get a feel of him. She then rode Ozzie out in her arena where he was a super star.
CiCi then had me get on Ozzie. I knew that was the entire reason why I went there but I was nervous. For some strange reason Ozzie freaks me out. But I got on and Holy Awesome Horse Batman!! We started in a small circle and Ozzie was fantastic. Then we got to ride around in her arena where he stayed steady and for the first time since he has been broken out felt like a normal horse.
I had loose reins and he stayed on a perfect circle. It was like he all of a sudden let all the training click. Or for the first time in 2 years I finally wasn't super nervous while riding him. My heart rate was normal and I wasn't trying to half halt him every other step.
It was the best two hour ride ever. Ozzie just did one time trotting circles around the barrels with CiCi. She thinks he is going to be a great horse. She really likes the way he moves and how light he is. I just really enjoyed riding him. It felt so wonderful. Finally!! I have always known he was a sweet boy, I just had to relax and let him be. I can't wait to do it all over again, if this rain will ever stop.