Blog .:. July 2007 2 Entries

What a year of walk lessons gets me

31 July 2007 Comments

I cantered this week.

Oh, I’ve cantered a few times since I started riding again, but for the past year or so the majority of my lessons have been spent at the walk. This is fine with me, because the walk is endlessly fascinating and, if I ever feel like I’ve “got” it, there’s that minor thing called a halt to humble me again. Why is stopping the hardest part of riding for me?

But this second lesson I’m taking every week is with another trainer, in a group, and it should be a great complement to my very technical-minded walk lessons. And, as I’ve always known they would, the walk lessons paid off.

We walked through the corner, shoulder in, canter off. I expected, to be honest, to be thrown around like a rag doll because I figured I’d loose my position in the upward transition and would spend the rest of the time trying to regain my seat and such. Instead, even with the horse doing one of the most powerful steps up into the canter that I think I’ve ever ridden, I was right there and from the first stride felt like I was ready to do… whatever. Anything. Everything.

And in the second. And in the third. And into the downward transition.

It was such a cool feeling.

The two lessons will be a good complement for each other, I think. One lesson at the walk, to keep reinforcing and progressing in the mental/technical aspect of things, and the other lesson with more trot/canter work to apply the walk lessons to other gaits. 

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Walking ER Bill, redux

4 July 2007 Comments

Help—best pain relief for significant (down-to-the-bone) bruising? Aleve and Ibuprophen do jack all.

My arm is killing me and I would really rather not have to go to the doc-in-a-box over a freaking bruise.

(Don’t ask what I did; I don’t know. I moved this weekend, and now I have a bruise the size of Texas on my arm and it hurts like a candy-less kid on Halloween.)

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