|post-ride, horses look like they got their running in haha. also note the jump in the pic, that was the top height for the exercises. so they stayed quite small.|
|awwww tired mare is tired!|
|OF doesn't have the same rules as TM about touching the mirrors. as evidenced by all the names scribbled into the dust|
|loooooooooose hooooooooorse! lol|
|most stylish horse award winner? why stop at one ill-fitting cooler when you can layer a second ill-fitting cooler on top?!? bonus points for clashing color schemes!!|
It actually made me to think back to lessons with Dan, where he insisted that the horse be soft to your hand such that you can "push" your hand forward and the horse doesn't get faster. I had kinda been faking it with Isabel - holding her to these teeny tiny strides while approaching the lines, but then she'd ZOOM forward over the first jump when I released and eat up the 30' distance much too quickly, such that we'd fit in two very uneven strides.
|"i would take extreme offense to this outfit if it weren't for this double stuffed bag of alfalfa goodness" - isabel|
So let's chalk that up to another benefit of group lessons haha: Getting to use your lesson mates as actual physical barriers that force you to actually ride the damn horse lol. Have you ever done a lesson like that? I've seen all kinds of youtube videos of riders moving single file through cavalleti exercises, but really had never thought much of it... But now I want to try again!