Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Boot Camp Day 2

Two days in, and already I've ridden three different horses. First was Wizard, Centerline Training's Spanish barb who responded nicely to aids I've learned with Delphi. Next was Gryphon, Centerline's most accomplished Trakehner who reminded me that if I soften my knees and sit correctly, he's quite happy to move in a lovely forward and round way that is wonderful to ride.
Today I rode my barn buddy Judy's four year old Fresian who taught me that indeed even young horses respond to correct riding. To be fair, Karen Brown had just finished schooling him so he was well warmed up and on the aids. Nevertheless he was very patient with me, a stranger, and went really nicely: