Horses, Life, A Touch of Geek

Lots of Lessons

Driving Thursday

E is for Education. If you are joining me from Blogging A To Z, welcome! Since the blog is already daily, with topics for each day [About: Schedule], there is no specific A To Z theme. I may even skip a few letters. Gasp. Clutch the pearls. The goal for this year is less crazy, more visiting. [Ze State of Ze Blog 2014]

Our driving education continues. We both had lessons.

Combined Driving, Greg

This is what happens when the driver is heavy on the brakes.

Saddle Seat, Katherine

Speaking of brakes …

… Snippy legit ran off in my last lesson.

It really wasn’t too bad. By the time I realized, ‘Houston, we have a problem.’ and started to react, he thankfully dropped out of it. I suspect it was more disconcerting to watch than to experience.

I was more apprehensive about an incident earlier in the lesson. We were trotting. I was requesting an extended trot. Instead of complying, Snippy [earlier lesson, photo] slowed to a walk, then stopped. We were right next to the gate, so it could have been an innocent momentum dump.

However, as he ground to a stop in front of me, I had a flash of all the things that could go wrong from here. Greg and I have been told repeatedly that you get in less trouble driving when the horse is moving forward. Back and/or up are not things you want to think about (I feel superstitious even typing this). So, I took one look at the stationary horse butt in front of me and said, ‘No sir. You will resume trotting immediately.’

Later, while he was zooming along, I had a moment to think, ‘At least he’s going forward.’

Of course, that was then. Now my brain is obsessing over the minor incidents – that I totally handled – in an otherwise stellar lesson. There are times when I hate my brain.

Forward. Forward. Forward.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Comments on: "Lots of Lessons" (2)

  1. I think it would be so cool to learn how to drive but I don’t think that’s really a thing anywhere near where I live.

  2. You should give it a try, if only to appreciate having your legs & seat when you ride.

    Your Disclosure page says SoCal. Are you anywhere near the LAEC? Bennett Farms (ASB) has “horse driving lessons” right on their web page.

    Or if you’d rather do Combined Driving, there are 6 ADS clubs in CA.
    Someone will know who, if anyone, teaches in your area.

    How about Lancaster CA? “Welcome to Carpe Diem Farm Teaching the Fine Art of Carriage Driving.”

    Depends where you live & how far you want to drive. In all your free time.

    Blog post!

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