Well, almost all week so far I’ve found one excuse or another not to ride either Sudi or Ace. Today I did ride Sudi and for the most part, it was very disappointing and the ride ended bad because I got frustrated and angry with Sudi. He was being a jerk, but what did I expect? He hasn’t been ridden in about a month now. I got to the end of the first field and he was acting so bad I got out of the saddle and worked him on the ground which made some difference, but not too long after I got back in the saddle, he started to act up again. The primary problem is that he puts his nose in the air and runs through the bit. I used the Kimberwick snaffle which incorporates a chain curb strap. This really didn’t make a difference and in fact, I think it might have made things worst. I was told my a good friend of mine that I could resort to a harsher bit and it may stop the nose in the air thing, but Sudi will find another way to express his displeasure and I feel like she’s right.
It didn’t help that I was riding with loafers instead of my boots which meant that my stirrups were too long. I’m not terribly secure in the saddle to begin with. I think if I felt more secure in my seat I’d be more inclined to simply ride out Sudi’s temper tantrums. If I could just get him into a trot and keep him there for several laps around the property, he’d probably settle down, but the day that I was doing that, he spooked and I fell off and that has ruined my confidence so much that I’m afraid to do it now.
I now wish I hadn’t sold the barrel saddle as I did feel more secure in it; however, it is not comfortable enough to be in for any length of time. I wish I could get back the Tex Tan Hereford saddle that I sold with Merlin, but that’s long gone.
I think what I need to do is to go back to Plan A and ride Ace and restore my confidence and fitness.
Until later …