The Bronson factor...
I’ve been really lucky to have had several lessons on Bronson now. Each time I have felt a feeling that I thought was lost to me a very long time ago. From the outset, during all our groundwork, Bronson boosted my confidence and when I ride him I feel like a lighthearted, carefree 8 year old! I don’t think I have ever felt so confident when riding and the joy lasts for days after my lessons. I had been quietly wondering to myself whether riding Pippsway with any horse would feel quite so spectacular or was it a ‘Bronson thing’?
Imogen very kindly offered to give me a lesson on her horse Jack. He is a beautiful gypsy cob and I had freeschooled him once in the past. He had responded so well, doing everything I asked of him effortlessly, so I was very happy to ride him. It was a very different experience to riding Bronson as Jack is smaller with a very different movement. Also he is so in tune with thought that I had to be really careful what I was thinking about! As soon as I thought of doing something he would start doing it! He has a very flexible back and I had to be really on the ball keeping him together. He is a wonderful teacher and he showed me exactly where I was going right and wrong. It was a really fun lesson and Jack is a lovely horse, but I had my answer. It’s not a riding thing, it’s a Bronson thing! My inner 8 year old only wants to make an appearance when he is around.
I talked it over with Pip and she agreed we make a good match. We both need to start from the beginning and we can do it together. In the fullness of time I would like to ride him on the Quantocks, the beach, Woodbury Common and eventually I would love to learn to jump with him. Knowing that he and I will be working together from here on in and that our journey has already begun has given me a new zest for life! I feel so excited at the possibilities in front of us. I look forward to seeing him every time I come to the yard and just grooming him fills me with happiness! And that is why the lesson we had next was such an important one!