Thursday, October 1, 2009
Yep, that is what I now call my four year old gelding, Ozzie. Mr. Incredible. I took him for another lesson today and he was super fantastic. We worked on speed control, which was super easy, and we worked on flying lead changes in a figure eight. It was an awesome lesson. I still get all jittery and nervous when I go to ride Ozzie. I woke up at 4 am this morning all nervous. I know, I am a dork. But I also knew he hadn't been ridden since our last lesson two weeks ago. The rain has kept me from riding. But that didn't keep Ozzie from being absolutely incredible. CiCi got on Ozzie first and just rode him around the round pen and then just a couple round in her arena, then it was my turn. I was nervous. But things went well, very well. Despite the fact that I ride like I am approaching a jump. It's hard not to ride like a hunter/jumper, when that's all I did for 18 years. I keep telling myself to "sit on my back pockets!" I love how relaxed Ozzie is over at CiCi's house. I love how relaxed I am over at CiCi's house. There is just something about having her stand in the arena that makes me feel invincible. Well, if not that, at least I feel like I can ride. See how relaxed and "loafy" Ozzie looks. Then there I am sitting up there like I am in some Hunter Under Saddle Class. Man, old habits are hard to kill. Oh my sweet Ozzie, how I love you! It seems like all those years of training have just clicked. It all just works now. Do you see those loose reins? Well, they are much more loose than other times when I have had a death grip on them and Ozzie's head was up in the air and I was holding on for dear life! It was a wonderful trot/jog around the pen. There were times when he was jogging so slow I actually had to squeeze him a bit so he wouldn't stop. I haven't had to do that since I first broke him out and he didn't understand what trotting was!! I couldn't be more excited with how he is turning out. The sad fact is, is that I can't keep him. I am still needing to sell him. It's either him or Josephine, and I think Josephine will be nicer than him. Oh, goodness, that just doesn't sound nice on Ozzie's behave. Because Ozzie is so good. Josephine is his half sister. We did a wonderful "whoa" and then I got all grouped together for........the dreaded.....CANTER! But you know what? This is what happened......... Yep, we did it! We cantered around and around the arena. I only had to check him a few times, but hey, Ozzie is only four years old. Hello, my name is Andrea and I ride like a jumper. Tell me, if anyone has any tips on how to stop this please let me know! It was really a wonderful ride. There was nothing bad about it, except for maybe my poor body position. There is CiCi!! She is wonderful !! She has helped me SOOOOO much with Ozzie and I have only gone over there twice. It's amazing what someone can do for your confidence. CiCi, you are the best! Let me just tell ya that the stop after that lope was awesome!! His hind end did a little slide and he was all collected in his stop and back!! Oh the joy! I haven't ridden a horse like that in forever!! We took a little break and then worked on some body positioning with me and Ozzie for flying lead changes. When I look at these pictures I really think hard about what kind of dressage horse Ozzie could be. He really is a good mover. He leg yields and side passes well. He is very light with all his cues. I know that when a horse barrel races that not a lot of people say, "Gee did you see that nice swinging trot!!" Hahaha. Normally the horse is going by so fast it's really hard to see anything! Okay, they are not that fast, but they do go pretty darn fast. I know I have posted a ton of pictures, but I am just super excited. I just wanted to post a picture of Ozzie when he was with that horrible "trainer". Ozzie just looks so little in that picture. And to think, he was four there. Now look at my fat boy! It's amazing what some food and love can do. Thanks Ozzie for a fantastic ride! I hope we can keep this up and find him a wonderful home.