Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Saturday, 11th February
Dad cut up my tree..
Rode Charlie this morning, the shetland. He is very much a one person horse, so it took a while to catch him and do the ground work. But once you get on his back, he is a lot more relaxed. For the first half an hour, we worked on position. My feet stick out, which affects hips, shoulders etc. Painful much. My legs muscles learnt a thing or two. We then worked on barrels and bending a bit. After doing the barrels pattern 3 times, Charlie was really starting get the tight, quick turns. On the last one, we ducked in to quickly, and he stepped on the edge of the crate which flew up a bit. So it freaked him out, he took of, and I bailed. A bit winded, and will have a bruised bum tomorrow, but all good. Took us a further 24 minutes or so to catch him, but no problems afterwards.
In the end the lesson went for 3 hours. Stopped in at the servo later and got a large jumbo slushie. Best morning ever.
Pumpkin gave a lesson to my friend again this afternoon, and we worked on keeping hands and body nice and still while asking for the trot. She wants to learn how to start jumping, so I took her through how to do 2-point and how to practice at home. Her trot is improving well, starting to get everything together.
There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky
Last edited by PumpkinzMyBaby22; 02-11-2012 at 03:58 AM.