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(which somehow translates as "Horsey!" in Toddler)

As usual, I worked with the SPUR kids today at the barn. Amber and I being the most experienced volunteers at the barn today (out of...5 volunteers. Eek), we were placed with the kids with severe disabilities. It was a lot more actual physical therapy than I'm used to, and that was awesome. It was really cool to see some of these kids slowly start to relax on the horse and start seeing them become more alert to their environment. One actually fell asleep and started snoring while we were stretching his arms.

But! after that, the barn owner (national championship Dressage rider/instructor) looks at Amber and I and asks which of us would like a lesson! ::swoons:: It was awesome to be back in the saddle. She started me out riding with a lunge line (think HUGE leash for the horse) until she got an idea of how skilled I am. It was really cool that it only took a couple starts and stops before she unleashed (pun intended) me on the ring. I didn't do much more than transitions and trotting, but that was enough for me. I will be SO sore tomorrow it's not even funny. But hopefully it will be the sweet sore of the well worked muscle.

I had never realized how different Hunter and Dressage were as styles. I was used to shorter stirrups and slightly different methods of directing the horse. It seems I have "Bad Hunter Habits."

The cool thing is that my instructor said that I have good basics, and show a lot of potential. I look forward to the day that I'm riding at the level I used to. In the meantime, I am resigned to sore shoulders and aching ankles. (surprise! I'm pigeon-toed. Keeping my toes forward is HARD.)

Now I just have to see if I can figure out how many hours I've worked (and how soon I can have another lesson)

...after I write the paper that's due...tomorrow.

Date: 2008-06-12 10:29 pm (UTC)
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This is not jumping... right? O.O

Date: 2008-06-13 03:05 am (UTC)
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Not jumping, though possibly working my way back up to jumping, once I convince my muscles that they really DO remember how to do the job correctly. ::eyes legs::

Date: 2008-06-13 01:11 am (UTC)
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You taste of HORSE. <3<3<3
I want you even more now.

Date: 2008-06-13 03:06 am (UTC)
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My hands smelt of hoof treatment all last night. It was driving me insane because it was JUST BARELY sticky. after I washed my hands twice.

Date: 2008-06-13 01:37 am (UTC)
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PS You're doing Dressage? Is it ONLY Dressage, no Hunter stuff at all? Guh, Dressage drives me crazy. It almost feels like MATH to me. Trot F to R, working walk R to S, figure eight between L and I at a canter with a flying lead change at X....BLAH! Enough with this nitpicky crap, I want to GO. Give me Hunt seat any day. Juuuuuummmpppsss. :3

Date: 2008-06-13 03:10 am (UTC)
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It's only Dressage at the moment. I'm gonna be working my way back up to Hunter, once she decides I'm ready. ::is really horribly out of shape:: Can you believe I couldn't even maintain a proper 2-point for longer than 2 circuits of the ring? I used to be able to 2-point for two laps *without stirrups*. I am rather thankful that my instructor is taking things slow with me until I get back my muscle tone.


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