|I can trot mum, shall we canter now?|
Saturday, 3 March 2012
The second lesson in two weeks. Wow, that's unheard of! I think that's the highest concentration of lessons I've ever had in my life. I was self taught when I was a child. In those days, many moons ago, it was a case of - there's your pony - up you get, hang on tight and off you go! I learnt to stay on and that was riding. Since then, over the years, I've only had the odd lesson as a treat when on holiday. So I guess I'm not doing too bad ...for a beginner!
Here are some photos from today...
|Beginning of the lesson and working hard|
|My hands are too close together but otherwise - lovely!|
We both got a little hot halfway through the lesson and I had the luxury of being able to take my coat off. Unfortunately Santana just had to sweat it out. It was a breakthrough moment though because I took my jacket off while still on board and he didn't freak out!
Finally, I am starting to sit up when cantering, without trying to hunch forward and cling like a limpet!
Now all I need to do is get that inside shoulder back (mine, not his!)
|Bella, the faithful Instructor's Assistant|
All in all it was another fantastic lesson which just proved to me that last week wasn't just a fluke and that I may be able to do some more dressage tests this summer and really feel as though I am a worthy competitor. It is all feeling so exciting at the moment, I just can't wait until the next time I can ride. Although of course tomorrow we will be hacking - I think Santana has worked hard enough for one weekend!