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Sunday, January 13, 2013

I don't have pictures to prove it...

BUT

I started riding again!  This a great accomplishment for me because I have been very anxious about it due to prior injuries a few years ago.

Mike planned to put me on Falcon yesterday-and I KNOW I wasn't ready for it, but Falcon took care of that by being a little "off".  It is possibly from his vaccinations or his recent trim, so at least another day of leisure for him.

T saddled up Drummer and had me climb aboard while she kept him on the lunge line.  I was pretty tense despite the stretching exercises that she had me do.  Then she reminded me to BREATHE!
I don't think I BREATHE very often...in fact I am not sure I why I am still alive.

In the end she said that I had good form and did really well.  That was very encouraging for me to hear because 1rst: I am very self conscious of someone watching me and 2nd: I have never had lessons, ever.
I learned to post while riding one of my friends endurance horses-they used to laugh and say that I only knew one gait on a horse and that was how to post at the flying trot.

Today I was supposed to meet Mike again, but he couldn't come until later, so T gave me a good long lesson on Drummer again.  This time on my own, walk/trot/canter around the arena.  The biggest thing I need to work on is BREATHING and holding the reins correctly.  Since I apparently have never held them correctly it is going to take some practice even though it makes sense.

Afterwards T left with her husband and A to go for a trail ride.  I worked Nevel in the the arena and it was FANTASTIC.   The best I have seen him.  I think I will try ground driving him next weekend if the weather is nice.  T is willing to give me more lessons...so indeed...there may be hope for me after all.

2 comments:

irish horse said...

woohoo! Awesome! What a big step, you should be very proud of yourself. Horses are SO great, even if you're not riding. But it's even better when you are.

Traci B said...

I am so happy for you!!

I have that self-consciousness thing going on too but I figure I am too old now for all that silliness that holds me back from enjoying the things I love.

Enjoy riding. I'm jealous! I can't wait until the ice and snow go away here so I can ride again. :)