I have written several times about the relaxing rides I have had on Cookster but I don’t think I have ever done the same for Galahad. In fact, sometimes I find that I am unconsciously nagging him when we are hacking.
I don’t know if it is because I can’t school at the moment (although I think the field is very nearly dry enough) and I am trying to make up for that. Obviously it is good to school out hacking but I don’t want to be nagging all the time. Besides, it is such a wonderful feeling to be more relaxed when hacking.
This week though, I was riding Galahad and suddenly realised that we were walking where normally we would be trotting. Not only that, I was completely calm and relaxed. We have now had a couple of hacks like it and they have been wonderfully peaceful. It has been so great to finally get to ride Galahad in this way.
This week I had the most wonderful hack on Cookster. He was completely calm and relaxed and it was a fantastic feeling to be riding him.
Walking back down the hill I became very conscious of how relaxed I was feeling myself. I was also weirdly aware of my own breathing and how much it had slowed down. It felt like a form of meditation and it was pretty amazing.
Galahad was not quite so relaxing but still very good. We actually made use of the saddlebags to deliver a parcel which was fun. It was heavier than the newspaper we carried up before and the bag did flap a little bit but Galahad didn’t react at all. Hurrah! Galahad was paid in apples and I had a cup of tea – Galahad got to visit a strange stable whilst I drank it.
Our ride home was a bit more eventful. There was something (goodness knows what) scary in the field so naturally we had to have a bit of a spook and a canter. He slowed down when I asked though which is a good sign.
It was a lovely morning and I definitely felt the benefit of riding that day.