What's as explosive as 4th of July fireworks?
A horse that hasn't been ridden in 12 days due to a puncture wound.
And what piece of riding apparel is also explosive?
Yep, an air vest.
I had my first fall off Hemie whilst wearing the air vest this weekend. It worked exactly as advertised - completely inflated before I even hit the ground.
Yeah, apparently it only took 12 days for me to forget how to ride.
Anyways, Hemie was actually pretty darn good for our first ride back. Even after an extra-long longing he was super hot. Nothing I couldn't handle...you know, if I remembered to actually put my heels down, tighten my lower leg, and keep a contact. Apparently I just sat there like a bum on a log while asking Hemie to trot over some ground poles. He decided to jump them in a playful manner and I just rolled right off.
I made the executive decision to get back on with just my regular vest rather than fiddle with a new canister. We proceeded to have a nice lesson, working a little bit on a number of things (moving foward, coming back but with impulsion, bending, position, etc). Laurie commented that after I got back on she had never seen my lower leg that still and tight before. =P
Hope everyone else had a much less explosive holiday weekend than I did!