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I’m addicted to an online horse show jumping game. After playing, I realize it’s a good thing I’m a dressage rider. I can’t get through level 3!
A couple of weekends ago I visited my dear friend, Christel in Rochester NY. We started the weekend off with a real East Coast dinner of mussels and fish and then did horse stuff (shocking!) all day Saturday. On Sunday I got the real tour of the city! Here are some pictures from my trip.
Towards the end of my lesson, we put the double bridle on Will because he was getting very strong. He was anticipating the flying changes. He’s a very, very, strong horse and can literally rip me in half. The double turned me in to “super rider” and allowed me to have more control in the moments deemed necessary! He felt great in the double and we ended our lesson working the half passes.
Just finished a great clinic with my coach, Ellen Eckstein. Here’s what I learned:
– Ride step by step. EVERY STEP (always think of the New Kids on the Block song when I hear that phrase!)
– Start my trot half passes with a shoulder-in and keep the shoulder-in feeling (I was pushing the haunches over too much)
– Prepare for each movement by riding EVERY STEP
– Be casual about the flying changes
– Change the weight in my stirrups when asking for a flying change, instead of over-asking with my lower legs.
– Keep him soft and always work towards a “falling down” neck
I leave home for two days a week so I can work at our office headquarters. I enjoy being in the office but always feel guilty for leaving behind my pony ( I hope my hope my two-legged partner doesn’t read this!). Today I received this picture of Willoughby grazing, from my friend Eva. He truly looks like one of the happiest horses alive! Thank you, Eva and King Farm for taking such wonderful care of Willoughby.
Yesterday was a glorious day in CA! After a long bike ride, I headed out to the barn for a Sunday ride. After a nice warm-up, Eva and I decided to switch horses. We spend so much time watching and helping each other that we thought it would be fun to switch horses so we could understand how it really feels. I rode Eva’s horse Final, who was really fun. I love his size, he’s so compact! I didn’t try out any of his FEI moves, I didn’t want to mess him up! He really understands half halts and you can tell there’s lots of fun gears to play with! It was great to experience another horse. It’s hard to be a really good rider if you only ride the same horse for years at a time. I guess that’s what really distinguishes an amateur from a professional.