Lesson Recap

Finally had that lesson last week. 

It had been such a long time since the last one.  Almost too long.

Her biggest hurdle is to go freely forward, truly using herself, coming over the back, relaxing, and releasing the neck out and forward, swinging.  In all gaits.

saddling up horse before riding

I think she’s getting there.  Or maybe at least half way.  So, like any Type-A, really-want-to-do-well-and-keep-making-the-horse-better-rider, I was intent on finding out if she really was better.

Or if it was just imagination.

Frantically humping the poor thing across the diagonal in the free walk.    -“See? She’s really coming along here!”

Throwing in random turns on the haunches to show how responsive she’s gotten to those aids.  (Right.  But it wasn’t lateral enough.)

It’s good if you can laugh at yourself during lessons – this really wasn’t the best strategy to learn something new.  Each session is different, and the rider should just allow it to evolve.  Of course we know that!

Somehow, I still needed to hear the, “yes, that is a much better walk.”  So mature.

Valiosa, laughing too.  She’s finagled her way out of bending correctly to the right for weeks…

horse with tongue out

The ranch.  Where all the magic happens.  Love being there!  I hope you’re just as happy where ever you are, too.

view of horse farm


6 thoughts on “Lesson Recap

  1. “Her biggest hurdle is to go freely forward, truly using herself, coming over the back, relaxing, and releasing the neck out and forward, swinging. In all gaits.”—Ha ha, sounds like your horse is the only one who has these challenges! Welcome to the club! I have a close relationship with a mare in this situation, and she’s not even green, for pity’s sake. Sixteen years old and still seeking that magic. OK, she did spend about 7 of those 16 years lolling about in a pasture and having babies. But still…(and we’ve been taking lessons at least twice a week for over two years with an excellent trainer–I think my mare is mentally/physically challenged, but of course the rider is absolutely not). Sigh…

    On the serious side, time is your friend. You’re not eligible for the Century Club yet. You and Valiosa will achieve everything with time.

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    1. Making me smile, I love it!
      And, I’m glad to be in the club! This is why it’s been so rewarding writing about everyting from the start with this mare – I keep hearing from other riders with exactly the same issues.
      It’s good to know it’s happening to all of us 🙂
      End then, riding a mare can be, well, different. You know all about that!
      OK, settling in for the long haul here!


  2. “yes, that is a much better ________.”

    Occasionally, my daughters need that kind of validation from their coach – even after a good practice session, and even after a good show. Even after having a very good show last week, during a rough week, they still say “I could have done _______ better.” It’s all in pursuit of perfection on the saddle. 🙂

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    1. Yes, well all need to hear we’re doing better, or good, or, at least less bad than last time 😉

      Wanted to thank you for your note! I took it to heart, and we all ended up having a long discussion here at home. Good choices, a plan put in place, and all of us deciding to stay conservative. Waiting for the next results from a tiny camera, then we’ll switch gears and head off to an allergist. Just writing about it has made me feel less overwhelmed 🙂


      1. And, a couple days off saddle helps also. Tomorrow starts our last week here in SJC. I think we’re ready for home.

        I’m glad my note was helpful. When our kids get to feeling really out of sorts, it can become quite worrisome. Fortunately, my girls haven’t had serious health issues outside the hurts from horse riding. When Elizabeth’s foot was stepped on accidentally by SAM, I was worried that her foot might have been broken. And, she went ahead and competed with a badly bruised, very painful foot.


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