Monday, April 28, 2008

Plans for our next training session

I rode Panama a little bit today after my trainer. She had me practice keeping him on the rail as she had been doing, and then had me practice trotting again.

Horseback riding

I'm having a hard time trotting in the new saddle. Just over a week ago, I was so proud of myself for posting the trot. The new saddle feels different, though, and it's throwing me off. I'm just not experienced enough to ride well in any saddle and any situation.

I've taken a handful of lessons on my trainer's horses, and during several lessons I rode bareback and learned to balance while trotting. Unfortunately Panama is much narrower than the horse I was practicing on, so I don't feel as balanced on him. Therefore I decided to ask Leslie if I can start doing lessons on Panama, so that I learn to ride with a feel for him rather than for another horse.

So that's the plan for our next training session: We're going to focus on training me instead of my horse. I'm also going to try to ride once more before then, to get a little more practice under my belt.

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At April 29, 2008 at 5:04 PM, Blogger Irreverent Freelancer said...

You look like you're comfortable in the saddle, even if you don't feel like it. ;o) But I think it makes perfect sense to take lessons on Panama. After all, he is the horse you're going to be riding long term.

 
At April 30, 2008 at 11:19 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Hi Kathy!

We're walking in the picture, and I'm perfectly comfortable at a walk. It's the trot that makes me tense up.

Taking lessons on Panama may be more difficult, because he lacks experience and training, too. However, I'm hoping that the practice will ultimately be good for both of us.

 

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