Athletes & Laterals

I know there are some people out there who don’t think riding horses is exercise (for the human) nor do they see the riders as athletes.

To those people – I just have to say that until you have a 900 lb beast under you, who would much rather be eating that working, and Ashley as a trainer, driving you and your horse to be the best you can be – don’t talk to me!

Kobi did pretty well today.  We started slow (literally) but after he made me work harder than he did for about 15 minutes, he put it in high gear (again, literally).  Our transitions are looking really good and he’s much more receptive to my cues than he was during our last lesson.

It could’ve been the almost new $20 saddle Les got at a garage sale or maybe our hard work is finally starting to show!

Before the lesson was over, we started to work on our laterals (something I’ve dreamed of doing for years).  Moving from left to right, he’s responsive and does beautifully.  From right to left, he’s a different horse and had NO CLUE what I was asking. So he responded by stopping and backing up.

We tried everything: putting him against the fence so he could back up (he just backed in an ‘L’ pattern – which is spectacular in its own right, but only when I ask for it), we tried it from the ground, we tried with Ashley on the ground and me in the saddle, and finally with her in the saddle, which was the most successful with 2 cross-overs, but needless to say we have our work cut out for us moving to the left.

With a month to practice until our next lesson – I’m going to pop a couple of aspirin and keep working my athlete until we reach perfection!


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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