“With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.”
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Horsing Around, Part II
Yesterday's riding lesson was rife with obstacles. Pun intended.
Alex and I are finding that learning to jump is both a challenge and an art. Horses are unpredictable and yesterday Stormy and Duchess put us to the test. As usual, Stormy took some extra motivation, while Duchess decided to throw a wrench in my lesson by refusing a jump or three.
We found we had to push not just our horses, but ourselves, to make the good rounds happen. And ultimately we did. Alex and I learned to do rollbacks and jumped our first verticals.
So it was a good lesson, but bittersweet. Our instructor and the schooling horses will be moving to a new stable next week and we'll miss our small, simple arena that's become like a second home to us these last few months. But the new stable apparently has many amenities, including an eventing course! Yes, an eventing course. How cool is that?
Anyway, hope you enjoy the video. For those of you concerned with such things, this was produced on my MacBook Pro using iMovie. The song is "Push" by Matchbox 20. After watching the video, it seemed wholly appropriate.