The first autumn-ride

Today, the weather was not our friend. Wet and cold and raining cats and dogs throughout the lesson. The “perfect” weather conditions for my spasms, especially since I had been suffering spasms-pain throughout the week. And, the ride was different, indeed. Not bad, but different. The walk was safe and soft as it had always been, but is seemed not being as regular. My appointment was a bit earlier this week and Shirley’s dreadlock-hair-style revealed that she had been spending her lunch-break on the pastures.

During the Shirley’s first steps I gained the impression that she had to get warm as well. My muscles really were on strain, especially the shoulder area, so that the ride was more work than joy for all of us.  I realized how slowly Shirley managed to release the muscle tension and it seemed like it was exactly that muscle-tension preventing that I could get into Shirley’s rhythm as good as the weeks before.  We repeated the cone-slalom this week but it was far more work than last week.

My personal highlight of the lesson happened after I descended the horse. Not only that Shirley was looking for more body contact than she had ever done before (that is almost as good as being carried through the world on her back) I fed Shirley her well-deserved treat not only using my “good” hand, but also my “bad” left hand. I did not do that completely voluntarily but there are people you just cannot neglect a single wish.

I was really skeptic but it seemed Shirley had been more careful taking the carrots from the left hand. After Shirley had taken her treat, she was allowed to move freely. My riding-therapist had realized that Shirley was about to roll. Shirley immediately started looking for a comfortable place. It was a short rolling but it was a beautiful picture.

Riding has been cancelled for next week, so that the next entry in this category can be in 14 days from now.

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