Recent Changes, When You Find Out You Are Not As Good As You Thought You Were

Training Journal

If you’re riding a horse, you’ve already won.

 
At some point earlier this year, I burbled on about how Rodney was a sensitive horse and how I was learning to ride him in balance and how I was understanding the concept of being on the outside rein. I likened the feeling to being on the inside or outside edge of a figure skater’s blade. As I rode, I had to make a conscious effort to monitor my form in order to stay in harmony with my horse.

All very poetic.

All very wrong.

I wasn’t riding subtle shifts in my horse’s balance. I was riding a slight saddle wobble. Once we stuck a matchbook under the table leg [Padding], my seat was as dead as ever.

Well, then.

Good to know.

Onwards.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Categories: Horses, Riding, Tack

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