I had fun riding Tinkerbell last Sunday. She had a lot more pep and actually wanted to be ridden. Hopefully I will get to ride her again in the near future.
Went back for another lesson today. This time, she let me ride a bigger horse. We worked on the canter and we did some pole work in the trot. I also practiced the hunt seat. Cantering is starting to feel like second nature again. She said next time she’s going to put me on horse with a little more pep :). I’m hoping she can squeeze me in for a lesson on Saturday; waiting to hear back….
So now that I had the opportunity to practice cantering on Zach, the pony, I had to try this with Tam. After riding for nearly an hour, I finally worked up the courage; it wasn’t pretty but I did get him to canter several times. He would hop into a canter, go a couple of steps and break back into a trot. We did that probably 7 or 8 times. I kept pushing and pushing because I wanted to end on a good note. So I got him to canter, stay in the canter for half a circle and then got him to stop when I asked him to stop. He was on the wrong lead but that’s ok. Baby steps, baby steps. Now my instructor is off for the holidays and I won’t get to ride him again for 2 whole weeks but I’ve tentatively scheduled a lesson on the pony again. I wouldn’t want to lose my momentum.
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|After nearly 20 years of not riding, I decided to get back in the saddle again. It’s been about 6 months since I’ve started taking lessons again and I’m noticing a lot of things that never bothered me when I was younger: When I was younger, I could jump on a medium sized bare-back horse, without assistance. Now I need a little boost to get me up there. When I was younger, I could trot or canter forever. Now I need to take breaks because I get tired. When I was younger, I was fearless. Now I tend to question myself and hold back. When I was younger, I never got sore after riding. Now I ache in places I didn’t know I had.However in only six short months I re-learned a lot thanks to my very patient trainer Debbie:
Posting trot (on the correct diagonal)
Leg yields (work in progress)
Extended trot (work in progress)
Canter (work in progress)
Last but not least….I no longer need a step stool to get on the horse.
Here is picture of me riding Tam; a 20-year old Arabian.
I’ve had the hardest time working up the courage to canter. I tried several times to get Tam to canter, without success. He would just trot faster, or he would hop into a canter and immediately break back into a trot. So frustrating. After a while, I just gave up and started working on other things. Then one day my trainer suggested that I try a different horse. After only 1 session, I got her to canter. It wasn’t pretty; but I did it. Now I’m back to riding Tam and I haven’t had the courage to ask him to canter again. After talking to another older rider about my frustration, she referred me to another instructor with a variety of different school horses. She put me on this 30 year old pony and we cantered all over the place; left lead, right lead, circles, straight lines. It was awesome. Now that I know I can indeed canter, I will have to try out my new found courage with Tam. Wish me luck!