No, not me.
I decided to have a pro put some rides on Stella at a show. We seem to be making steady progress in lessons but it all falls apart at shows and I wanted to try to get the bottom of 1. Her 2. Me 3. Us
So pro was the way to go!
I was super nervous as I've been the only one on Stella for a long time, and the ability of someone else to just hop on and go reflected my skills as a rider. Or lack of skills. Stella was pretty green when I got her, so did my training amount to anything?
I found a plucky young pro who came highly recommended and had a solid history of getting on strange horses and getting them to perform at their best. She had seen Stella go in lessons and at shows and I gave her the lowdown on what I wanted from the rides.
Her first ride on Stella was warming up for their dressage test!
Here's a video of them working together out in the field waiting for their turn in the ring. It was about 28 degrees, the poop was frozen, but Stella performed great! She settled into some contact in the bridle easily, with a strange person outdoors in freezing temps.
Cantering together! Stella picked up her right lead promptly. An indication that my work on her right lead was finally paying off.
But would the dressage test in the scary indoor turn out just as well? Stay tuned for more!