Verizon has carried Ride channel for several months that I’ve noticed while channel surfing, but only since March 1, has it appeared without a message “You are not currently subscribed to Ride …” Cool. All I can think is that it’s been downgraded to a tier to which I do subscribe. Now, I get to watch anything from rodeos to horse jumping and dressage events, along with some generally Western themed shows. I used to get so bummed when I’d channel surf, and couldn’t watch the show jumping program that was playing.
I grew up riding English, and still love being around horses. We do have a bunch of horse farms around here. Some of them offer riding lessons, or hourly rentals, but they mostly want beginner to intermediate kids, not adults looking to learn dressage beyond a flying change. Although I have ridden bareback, and Western, a handful of times, it’s not much of a challenge. Dressage would be a challenge. Nobody rides Western around here. All our saddlery shops have English style tack, riding apparel, and stable supplies.
As much as I’d love to go riding again, I fear that it would be like the time I rented a horse from a stable in some Mews in London, adjacent to Hyde Park, at which a friend stabled her horse. We were led out to Hyde Park, by a stable worker, who sort of was a “trail guide.” She realized I could ride a whole lot better than anyone else she was leading, but I was still restricted to cantering a block ahead, then pulling over by a tree to wait for everyone else to catch up. Hyde Park rules, for cantering, not hers.
I miss galloping, and jumping. The only thing I found “interesting” about riding English was the one day I had to ride sidesaddle. It’s easy enough to clamp your knees and thighs on the saddle, but when your ass has no padding, it’s a bumpy, slippery ride at a trot.
It’d be really cool if Ride would show some driving competitions. Those four-in-hand ones could be interesting. I’ve never learned how to drive more than two-in-hand, and those were in-line.
Back to the Longines jumping competition, which is on right now! Yay!