Saturday, March 16, 2013

More of riding two horses at once

V. and I have ridden together a couple more times since last weekend.  On Thursday she had a lesson on Panama, but my trainer had ridden Rondo that morning so I decided not to ride him again -- besides, A. (who is five and a half) was with us, so I wanted to hang out with him while his sister rode.  (As an aside, now that he is getting into riding too, he has suddenly stopped asking to play on my phone during his sister's lessons -- instead he watches and helps me and the instructor set up jumps.  Big progress for him!)  After she finishes riding, A. always gets a turn to walk Panama around and work on his steering.  Holding his hands in the right position (i.e., nowhere near his armpits) and only using one rein to turn have been challenging things for him to remember!

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

The secret to riding two horses at once

...is getting some help, of course!

I've mentioned already, I think, that V., the girl I nanny for, is leasing Panama a couple days a week now.  That has been going really well, and he actually nickered to her the other day.  Well, I think he did -- it could have been to me, but he walked over to the gate to meet her when she went to get him.  He also nickered when she walked out of the tack room holding his bridle, something he does with me when he's excited about going for a ride, so I think it's safe to say he really likes her!
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