I'm feeling a little shaken up this evening. I rode Dee this morning – this is becoming a regular Monday morning ride. This morning we had a lesson rather than going out for a hack. The lesson was great. I learned a lot and Sarian of Briwnant is a great teacher. I understood things that I think they had tried to teach me at Pontcanna but never clearly enough – or perhaps I was just being dense. Dee responded so well to the slightest aid it was a pleasure to experience what might be possible if I knew more about what I was doing. I had given up on lessons because of the frustrations of trying to progress when different teachers would contradict one another, but I might have a few at Briwnant.
It's made me think that I need to get a different saddle. Now that Dee is getting fitter and I am riding several times a week regularly, I need a saddle that has a bit more substance to it. I guess as Dee gets fitter her strong personality comes through more, and I need to know I am in control. I need to know that if Dee spooks or plays up that I have the best chance possible to sit it and be in charge. My treeless saddle is too close to riding in a bareback pad.
The rhythm beads have arrived and the new hoof boots. It was too wet and wild today to try the hoof boots, but I wore the rhythm beads around my neck while I groomed Dee so that she could get used to the sound they make.
I've posted a picture of the Briwnant duck pond today. Dee seems to be fascinated by the ducks, and always asks to stop and watch them for a while when I lead her past the duck pond. She steps up onto the bank so she can get a good view. She's such a sweet mare in so many ways.