Tuesday Lesson at the Other Barn…

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Tuesday night I went riding at the other barn again.  M & D are out of town until next week, so I thought I'd continue with lessons, even if they are at another barn.  It took over an hour to get there, even with Karla exceeding the speed limit quite a bit.  I told her not to worry; lessons always run late, no matter when you ride!

My lesson horse was named Traveler, and he was a Arabian.  Krystal and I rode together this time, which was nice, as I didn't have to stand around waiting for another half hour.  I wasn't exactly thrilled to see the training reins on Traveler.  These are reins with multi-colored sections so beginning riders know where to hold the reins.  I hope that I am far enough along that I don't need that training aid....

We were told that we were going to work on the trot for the whole lesson.  L explained again about the mechanics of trotting (after remarking that she thought I didn't know what was going on under me, which is probably true), and then we worked on an extended trot.  Then she had us post faster and see how the horse reacted.  Traveler went hell for leather around the arena, and it was a lot of fun, but it didn't look very pretty.

After catching our breath, we worked on a nice collected, extended trot.  We trotted around, and were supposed to let L know when we felt we have the best extended, collected trot the horse could give.  Then we took another short break, and worked on cantering.

When I cut around Krystal and tried to get back to the rail, Traveler fell out of his canter.  L then stopped us both, corrected my leg position, and pointed out what Krystal was doing incorrectly, and we started again.  She told me to really keep my hip flexed and my thigh tight against the saddle, so I would feel more secure, and I wouldn't collapse my ribcage.  After concentrating on this for a while, I was able to sit in the saddle better, but this is going to take a lot of work.  M tells me I do the same thing...  I was able to cut around Krystal this time, and keep the horse moving.

The lesson was a lot of fun, but I think that L forgot my name.  She kept referring to Traveler, and not to me.  I found this amusing, especially since she never just asked me to remind her of my name.  Let's see if she calls me by name next Tuesday.... 


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