Yesterday was my riding assessment. My English riding assessment. Let me say it was somewhat challenging for me. I swear there were times the instructor was talking in tongues. I was pretty sure I knew what she wanted me to do but my brain just couldn't compute it. Not only did my poor out of shape body protest some of the movements being asked of it but my hands developed a life of their own. It was strange to have to keep what felt like a constant pull on the reins. And don't get me started on the whole standing in the stirrups leaned over the horses neck. Or trotting with my pelvis tilted forward. What a workout!
But I'm excited. I'm excited to challenge myself, to improve my horsemanship, balance and feel. I'm excited to enter this old but new and foreign world.