We had a very fun lesson last night with lots of tight turns, interesting jumps and shouts of “more leg!”
And then, at the end, my lesson mate G and I swapped horses. Because why not? It was a blast! G’s horse, The Chief – yes, The Chief – is super different than Duke. His bascule is much bigger and he needs help balancing in a different way than Duke. I also had to be stronger in my core and shoulder blades to balance myself over the jump and recover quickly on landing.
Aside: I just learned how to make GIFs from my phone videos. Can you tell? I think they’re more fun that uploading a lesson video where half the time I’m just cantering around getting to the next jump.
It was really interesting to hop aboard and try him out, especially since it’s been awhile since I’ve ridden another horse. It helps highlight the areas where Duke has tricked me into riding a certain way that might not be exactly correct.
G did great with Duke, of course! She was surprised by how much he could get behind the leg. (I should’ve given her my spurs!)