Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Horseback riding without supervision

Although my trainer had Panama under saddle five or six months ago, I have always made sure someone was there with me when I rode him, just in case — usually Michael, but sometimes my mom, sister, or a friend.

Yesterday after Michael got home from work, I decided to go to the stables to visit and ride Panama. Since Michael wanted to go for a bike ride, I went alone.

My goal was to practice my trotting, and I did get a little practice in. However, I spent just as much time working on training issues. Apparently, Panama was acutely aware of the fact that he and I were alone in the pasture — no other horses, and no other people. He wasn't completely unmanageable, but his nervousness made it difficult to focus on trotting and posting the entire time.

Hopefully my lesson with my trainer will go a bit better.

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