It cracks me up every time Trainer B talks about the Canter into Doom. I can’t help imagining cantering into to Mount Doom. … More Canter into Doom
I had a super awesome lesson last week. I mean, any lesson on Duke is a super awesome lesson by default. But on top of that, I felt I rode effectively and Duke was ready to party. … More Withers Up
Last week I got to ride a new-to-me horse, SB, in a dressage lesson. It did not inspire confidence when my trainer came up prior to my ride and said, “I’m interested to see if he behaves.” …Cool. … More Yay, I Rode Again!
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
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
I had a magical jump lesson this week. Perhaps life-changing. We shall see over time. But dang, it was super cool. First, some background. When I was on my honeymoon, my barn hosted a clinic that neither I nor Trainer B could attend – but through those who did ride in the clinic she learned … More Canter. Corner. Contact. Lead.
I am declaring a restart of 2017. I made it, oh, less than a week into the new year and then things really started falling apart. It was too cold to ride so I hadn’t ridden since before Christmas (and still haven’t, wahh). I managed to do some healthy meal planning and got my goal tracking … More Reset
Oh my gosh, guys. In my most recent lesson on Drifter, we jumped for real! Not just cavalettis or even a single small jump; they were real, honest jumps! It was nice enough to ride outside, so our trainer, Leanne, wanted to have us experiment with going over the colorful, “spookier” jumps set up out … More That Time I Jumped Drifter (Again)
Last week, Twinkle had a visit from the chiropractor, so I rode Drifter in my lesson. Usually we either jump or work on fairly advanced stuff since the lesson is a group of older competitive riders, so I was both excited and slightly nervous about riding Drifter in that environment. But I was mostly looking … More That Time I Jumped Drifter
This morning I read a post from Horse Listening (a great blog, you should definitely check it out!) that is called “Top 10 Ways to Be a Star (Horse Riding) Student.” Normally I find the articles on Horse Listening to be insightful and thought-provoking. However, I completely disagreed with much of this particular article. Obviously I did … More The #1 Way to Be a Good Riding Student