And why I couldn't have learned side saddle when I was a kid and more flexible??
I feel like how I felt like when I first went horseback riding- sore!!
I woke up and my butt was sore and every muscle in my arms and torso hurt. My left side of my ribs is sore too. I think after I broke my ribs, my body subconsciously, stopped using that side as a form of self preservation and with Lili making me sit properly and ride my horse, these muscles which haven't been used for a while (or not used properly) are being whipped back into shape and then some!
It makes you wonder how rubbish I was riding before if after just one lesson, I'm all ouchy from using the correct muscles?!
I felt better today after riding my bike to bring my son to school and then head to the stables and then to work but having to stack the tables at the school when the kids finished eating was "fun" but at least it got my muscles moving, LOL!
Unfortunately, I didn't get to ride today as I had to get dog food for my "poor suffering" dog (she had to make due with salami sausages for breakfast this morning!) and had to pack some parcels for the business (and I needed to recuperate from yesterday) but am planning on riding and practising what Lili taught me. I hope I can remember everything!
An interesting thing that Lili did during our lesson yesterday, was tell me what she would have rated the various things we did if we had done them during our dressage test and why she would have marked them as such. For example, our walk/trot transitions at the beginning of our lesson would have been 5's which is classified as "Sufficient" but later on in our lesson, our transitions were staring to become 7's which are rated as "Fairly Good". The thing that stuck out in my mind was how much WORK it took to raise our marks from 5 to 7 and what the hell I had to do to make them 10's?!!
Lili is judging at the next dressage show that I'll be entering on February 20 but I asked her is I would be allowed to show as I'm her student or if I would have to do it Hors Concours. She said that it is fine for unaffiliated dressage but that she would have to notify the show organizers though. She said not for me to expect her to be soft on me when judging but I said, "Nope, if I'm crap, then make sure you let me know!"
I want to practise and do well to make her proud though!
I'm just dreading the saddle rolling over tomorrow though when we school as when I took it off of Hattie yesterday, all her fur was all badly ruffled on the left side of her withers from the saddle dragging downwards to the left. Towards the end of my lesson, it was literally my right blubbery butt cheek, that was clenching onto the saddle with all it's life, to keep me on that darn thing.
It didn't move forwards which is good but just dropped down..alot..sigh..
Well, hopefully when my saddler comes to look at it next week, I'll look more like this Edwardian rider (from an early 1900's postcard in my collection),
instead of having my saddle end up like this!
To be fair, she was riding an old "cow horn" Victorian side saddle which aren't meant for jumping in, but my saddle felt it would have ended the same way! LOL!