Wednesday, April 30, 2008

My first lesson on my own horse

Today I had my first lesson on my own horse. My trainer has given me several lessons before, but always on one of her horses, because Panama was still in training himself. He's improved a lot, though, so on Monday I asked if I could start taking my lessons on Panama.

Our lesson today went very well. Leslie put Panama on a lunge line so that I didn't have to focus as much on steering, and could concentrate more on rhythm and balance. It worked! By the end of the lesson, I was doing a much better job of posting, and had even managed to steer a little at the same time.

(Part of what is difficult about riding a horse is how many different things you have to think about and do at the same time. Each part of your body has to function independently of the rest. It's like the old trick of rubbing your belly while patting the top of your head, except times 10!)

I'm going to try to practice a few times on my own before the next lesson. Finding time might be difficult — we're supposed to have some nasty weather tomorrow, and then I'll have some scheduling conflicts for the rest of the week and into next week. As they say, though, where there's a will there's a way. I definitely have the will, so with any luck I'll be able to squeeze in a ride or two!



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