Riding Lesson

After my 4th lesson with Ashley, I pleased to say I can walk!  I wasn’t even the least bit sore this time – I like to think this is because I’m riding much more actively than before and am no longer just a lazy rider, sightseeing instead of engaging Kobi!

Kobi did very well yesterday.  He’s a lot straighter than he was – not falling in on his right shoulder nearly as much (I think he finally became time of me kicking him at the girth and popping him on the shoulder he was falling in on.)  So we’ve been able to moved on to cantering figure 8’s with simple lead changes.  I still have to work to keep him straight when we break down to a trot and then ask for the next lead in the circle, because he still anticipates what we are about to do, but over all much better than we have been.

Toni braved another lesson on Sugar.  Oh, that mare.  I overheard several good points:  Riding Sugar to the left is much easier than riding her to the right, Sugar is much more likely to flex and get on the bit at a trot than a walk, and most likely her stifle isn’t what’s to blame but her laziness.  I think the big goals involving Sugar (and please Toni, correct me if I’m wrong) are to get her ‘marching’ in a faster walk without breaking into a trot, bending and flexing at the walk, and moving consistently to the right.  Tall order for such a wacky mover – glad I’m not the one working her!

Next lesson is scheduled for Spring Break – we’ll see how far we are by then!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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1 Response to Riding Lesson

  1. Mom says:

    This weekend, I want to do ground work with her as prescribed by Clinton Anderson. He calls it desensitizing! So we shall see.

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