Indoor XC Practice

Our last lesson of 2018 was a doozy in the best way. It was a sort of year-end celebration/day to mark the end of my lease on Duke. Trainer B put the jumps up and pulled out the scary skinny so we could do some XC-style practice in our indoor. We started out with something … More Indoor XC Practice

Swapsies

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 … More Swapsies

And We’re Back

Duke is officially done with bitless riding! We had a dressage lesson last night and it was fantastic. I felt really great about how I rode – not perfect but pretty solid – and I was able to make some small changes that really improved the connection. Duke feels super. He recently had a massage, … More And We’re Back

Do Less

I had a lesson on Stryder recently while his leaser, who usually rides in my lesson, was on vacation. (Lucky duck!) It turned out to be an enlightening lesson. I mean, they all are, but this one especially. I have become used to horses that require a more active ride, which means I don’t have … More Do Less

Feel Da Rhythm

Having a good canter rhythm is one of the most important things while jumping, right? So why does it sometimes feel like an epiphany to realize that fact? Like, duh. In my last lesson, Artie and I had great rhythm going. Steady and mostly forward, and right up to the base of the fence (except … More Feel Da Rhythm