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,
2 thoughts on “Lots of Lessons”
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.
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. http://www.jbennett.com/
Or if you’d rather do Combined Driving, there are 6 ADS clubs in CA. http://americandrivingsociety.org/Members/Regions/pacific.aspx
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.” https://carpediemfarm.wordpress.com/
Depends where you live & how far you want to drive. In all your free time.
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