What a weekend!
There was a reining show at the barn this past weekend so I went out to the barn early Saturday to do a bit of spectating and socializing with friends. Reiners have got to be some on the friendliest people. I’m not the most social person when it comes to strangers but I found myself having long conversations with a bunch of random people. It was kinda cool.
Eventually I grabbed Tucker from the field and tacked up. We headed up the top ring as it wasn’t being used by the reiners on account of it still having jumps set up.
I started out by getting Tuck moving off my leg at the walk and then added in circles with a counter bend. After his tantrum during our lesson last week I realized I need to do a lot more lateral work and not just the simple stuff we’re good(ish) at. After he figured out what I was asking for I added in some trot between the circles. We had a lengthy disagreement about finishing the circle in the ‘scary’ corner. Apparently it’s ok to go around a full circle in that corner with a right bend but not left. Weirdo!
Eventually he gave in and did what was asked and I moved on to reinforcing the move off my leg at trot and canter. We did a couple lead changes that were perfect. I did about 5 minutes of no stirrup work and just about died. That should not have been so difficult. Then we finished up with some work on the turn on the haunches. This needs lots more work but it’ll get there.
Then Sunday this happened:
Yep, that’s me learning how to shoot clay pigeons. John’s mom turned 65 yesterday and decided that’s what she wanted to do for her birthday. John’s brother has a gun for hunting and therefore knows about this stuff so he set it all up.
I’ve never held a gun before let alone shot one. I was a little nervous but it turned out to be pretty cool and fun. I think I might be a natural, I hit the second one that I shot at. Then promptly did a happy dance (after making sure the gun was pointed in the proper direction of course). I would definitely go again.
After we finished with the guns we all headed back into Toronto for some Greek food on the Danforth. Tasty way to end a great day.
Have you ever shot targets or traps? Did you enjoy it?