I went horse riding yesterday, with my friend. I went last week with her and I got to ride Ernie
Sitting on him was much higher up than on Ernie and he kept pulling his head down to the floor. He also wandered off and got himself some hay. It's fair to say that the first 5 minutes of being on him he was in charge. Infact all of the lesson he was in charge, but I had a leader that told him where to go.
A parent of one of the other riders got me and Romani out of the hay bail for him to do my lap of the school and come back again. Then my friend tried to get me and Romani away from the hay. This horse liked the hay.
At first I wasn't so sure about riding Romani as he's so high up and a long way to fall down if I fell off. I was shaking for the first 5 minutes and remained nervous for another 30 minutes of the lesson as I wasn't too sure what he was going to do, but everyone kept saying he's a gentle giant, which he is. Then I started to concentrate on the lesson and forgot my nerves. He's a little clumsy as he tripped over his feet a few times, but that was because they are so big. Look at the size of him compared to all the other horses.
I can now manage to walk around with the horse, stop it and do rising trott (sometimes) but I am not so good at sitting down trotting or kicking the horse when you are trotting as it involves multi tasking, but I hope to get there.
I am glad I went on Romani as I want to be able to ride a horse and he moved a bit more than Ernie does. I just need to get over my fear of heights whilst on him.
Have you ever been horse riding?