Not your average OTTB given another chance at a new life and a mostly average busy Mom who never gave up on her dream to ride again. An unlikely pair at an unlikely time, learning to event and loving life!
3rd assessment of the Albion-our first ride in it.
Side note- I know this is not %100 the saddle he had also been adjusted since the last time we had a ride so I know that had something to do with it. But it has to be half of it. I did also use my Lami-cell pad to ensure the wither clearance I want.
First off HOLY fricken Lazy-boy, riding in that thing is like making sweet, sweet love to the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man(glad my family doesn't read this cause they may be blushing).
I am slapped right into a great position and not shoved in the back seat like normal. It fits me like a dream. My knees don't come near the edge of the flaps like every other saddle I've ridden in. It is like my knees are sitting in a big fluffy cloud of perfectness. It was amazing!
But all that aside and in all seriousness I have NEVER ridden Steady Smiler happier than he was today. I can't put into words how amazing it was. He offered round from step ONE! He was stretching and reaching for contact every single step. For one stride he threw his head up in the air and it was like he realized, "wait, this doesn't hurt! No need to fight." and that was the only stride like it. If this is the horse that I will have all the time when he is comfortable I am clueless how far he could go. I have seen moments of him showing that quality of movement so I knew it was in there but I didn't know why it wasn't consistent. Just moments here and there. His free walk was SO big and swingy that it could jar one's lower back with his neck stretched low. I was walking around with tears running down my cheeks because I have NEVER ridden this horse before. I mean I have ridden Steady hundreds of times but I have NEVER ridden this horse. I have never felt that kind of relaxation during a ride from him. The same thing at the trot, tears, tears of relief, guilt, joy, and excitement. Relief knowing my horse is happy. Guilt knowing he could have had this all along. Joy to be riding the horse I was riding. Excitement for what the future holds for us.