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post #11 of 11 Old 04-08-2017, 05:20 PM
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Yay Jan!!!! That is so incredibly awesome! I haven't jumped yet - at least not on purpose. Once, Kodak decided to leap over this 4 inch wide trickle of water and I looked like a rag doll on her back, LOL. I'm a few years older than you (46), and as you know, I watch the kids jump all the time, but it terrifies me, to be honest. I do want to learn though. I want to start Kodak over poles, then cavalettis, then jumps, but I already asked my daughter to jump her first because I'm not confident enough and I don't want to mess her up.

Sorry your lesson today didn't go so well, but we all have ups and downs. You just set the bar a little higher for yourself now, and you feel like you have to hit it every time. But you're a teacher, you know that's not how it works. There are setbacks, but then you move forward again, and the bar is raised a little higher.

I had my last lesson for a while today. I rode with my daughter and a 14 year old. I did everything they did (no jumping today, but lots of cantering, posting without stirrups, doing extended and collected trots). Proud of myself for having come far enough that I can do that, but I gotta say, I am SORE! I had been riding with beginner adults for the first few lessons this winter, so that was a much more relaxed pace, LOL. Given that I've only been re-riding for a little over a year, and that I only did about 7 lessons this winter/spring, I think I was progressing quite nicely! Hopefully I can transfer that over to riding Kodak. At the very least, I gained a lot of confidence.

Next week's lesson will go better. Progress is incremental, but sometimes we leap forward and those moments make it all worthwhile. Now you know how it feels when you "get" it so you can strive to achieve that again!
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