Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Desert from Hell, CA.
First lesson tonight!
I went over and brushed Kiera and picked out her hooves, then the Barn Owner saddled up her paint horse, Beauty. I was slightly worried, since Beauty is THE lead mare...she's kind of aggressive, but the Barn Owner told me she'd be a good girl, since she rode her earlier and because Beauty is kind of lazy. Well...yeah. I got on, and Beauty neck reins, which was interesting. I made sure not to have a "crotch seat" as people were saying on another forum, and I made sure not to pull her mouth or anything. It was kind of easy because well...neck reining. One thing though, is keeping my hands straight. I apparently did really really well...but Beauty kept stopping. =/ We had to get the riding crop out, since smooching, then kicking didn't work. That got her going a little better for me, but since she had so little desire to go for me, after about an hour the Barn owner decided to trade her out for the TWH, Maya.
Maya is apparently a really good horse, but started misbehaving after a leasee was timid with her, but with the BO in the arena with me, she didn't think Maya would be a problem. Maya, she assured me, didn't actually ever like to stop, so I'd have no problem getting her to go. I had to hold the reins differently, and that did take some getting used to...but the funny thing was...
Maya didn't want to go either. XD
I didn't have to hit her, but I did have to kick her and remind her we were supposed to keep going. The Barn Owner had me canter her (or is that called something different with the TWH?)...which was a weird feeling. I have to say that I did go "Oh Sh*t" LOL. The second and third time I made her canter all on my own. The barn owner was really pleased! She says that getting her to start obeying and canter for me is great progress for a first lesson! Apparently a lot of beginners give confusing signals to the horse, and don't know when to release pressure, which she tells me I'm very good at. I know my posture was crap...she did mention posture a few times, so I'm inferring that...but she did tell me I wasn't tensing my legs or anything bad. Anyway she said she'll invite me to go with her the next time she goes on a trail ride when the weather warms up! Whee!
I hope that I can schedule another lesson soon so I can practice keeping the horse going a little better, and keep my mind on holding the reins the way she showed me specifically. Good day though, I think =)
Originally Posted by Jareth, the Goblin King
I move the stars for no one.
RIP Pumpkin: 2012-8/26/13