Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Monday, 19th September
Today I gave my younger sister a ride on Pumpkin. She has taken lessons previously, but really wasn't that interested. Since we are on holidays, and we were both bored, she wanted to jump on.
He is no type of pony who will put up with being told what to do if you don't ride him much, but he did very well for her today. He started to grasp the concept that you don't go to mum whenever you feel like it, and that you actually listen to other peoples leg cues. She had him going well by the end of the ride.
She still needs some work with rising trot, and Pumpkin looked rather uncomfortable during some of the trotting, but I am very pleased with how he behaved and let her carry on. I think she learnt a thing or two about riding today, so that is pleasing.
I set up some things for her to go around, and hopefully soon we can start getting more technical about the rides and incorporate picking things up and dropping them places. She might even get to canter soon, but who knows?
I am getting my cast on tomorrow :( Not looking froward to that, but that is what life has given me and I shall have to deal with it the best I can.
Anyway, enough blab, more photos.
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