After I use a lot of leg to get him going (he rider uses spurs) everything is like in slow motion. I feel very much like I'm riding what a racking horse looks like. The posting trot is slow and deliberate. The canter is all about the front end coming up and the back end super smooth. I felt like I was using a lot less energy (aside from my legs keeping him going) then when I ride Sam. It was super weird and an excellent opportunity to try something new.
We also popped a few 12" jumps (Oly jumps 2'6" with his rider) and that was interesting too. My buddy Amy snapped a shot of us for his owner.
Hello.... can you say chicken wings?! UGH.
After riding Oly, barnmate Amy offered to let me ride her mare, Flitzen, this weekend while she's away. Flitzen is a lovely 26yo Holsteiner mare who thinks she's 14. The biggest difference between Flitzen and Sam is Sam will add add add (which I'm very used to) and Flitzen leaves long 99% of the time... like very long (which I'm not use to at all). It will be good for me :)