I rode my horse last night. Its still so surreal to say that. I got off work and changed into my breeches and headed to the farm. I have been waiting to be able to do that for so long now; I am enjoying every moment. I tacked up my boy and headed to the big arena. No lunging necessary with this kid. He stands at the mounting block and doesnt move a muscle. Its fabulous. We did A LOT of walking. I wanted to work on steering and leg yielding. We walked around cones. We made all sorts of random turns. Then we worked on being straight. We would go around the arena on the rail and try to begin bending in corners. He got a little fish-taily on the outside line that backs up to one of the gelding pastures. He wanted to socialize so he got really really slow and wanted to stop and then he seemed to loose his ability to steer. But we worked through it and he did well. We worked on being collected yet creating impulsion. Its certainly not an easy job because he is so naturally pokey. We also trotted using the same concepts. He is definitely a push horse. I didn't run yesterday but I guess thats OK because he gave me a workout. To wrap up our ride we worked on turns on the forehand and giving a collected Back. He did so well. I am very impressed with the work that his trainer has done. My horse is absolutely a RockStar! Everything I've always wanted and more.
Date night was just as great. We went to an Irish Pub downtown and had a couple adult beverages then we went back to my house where he met my roommate and her 'friend'. That went pretty well. We all played some card games and had some red wine. It was lovely. He took me out for a cheeseburger at this amazing little diner that I didn't know existed for lunch today. He really seems to be supportive of my horsie shenanigans. I can't wait for him to meet Granite. He says hes ready to come to horse shows. I told him just to practice his ribbon holding stance :)
With the exception of the god-awful waiting tables gig I have going on, life is really going well for me right now. I am trying to really live in the moment right now and embrace everything that is taking place. My dreams with Granite are slowly becoming realized and I seem to have met a man with the potential to be a (supportive) staple in my life. I don't know how it will all turn out, but I know that I love where I am right now.
I think I'm going to ride after work tomorrow (so far? 11 straight days of work scheduled). I love that I actually get to tell you all about my rides now :)