Friday, May 23, 2008

Successful horseback riding lesson

I had another horseback riding lesson today. I had planned to practice yesterday, but unfortunately with the high winds (we had tornadoes north of Denver), I didn't get to after all.

Even so, today's lesson went really well. The other horses hadn't been turnout out to graze in the green pasture, so Panama didn't have that distraction. He listened to my commands much better, keeping a constant pace at the trot and sticking to the rail without me having to try as hard.

I was doing better, too. I remembered a lot of my list from Wednesday's lesson, and was able to correct quite a few things. I didn't lurch in the saddle so badly each time I asked Panama to pick up a trot, for example, and I must have been doing better with the reins because Panama was going where I wanted him to go. My post is getting more controlled, and I can tell by the way my inner thighs feel after dismounting that I'm really using those muscles.

Of course, I really don't know what came first — Panama behaving himself, or me doing better. It was just one of those days where we were both naturally in sync with one another.

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