Long Approaches

I think all it took was a phone call from the lady paying the bills to get them to let me ride Angel for lessons again…

Anyway, I rode her again on Wednesday night for my lesson.  She was a sooooo good!  Despite the frigid temps she wasn’t silly at all.  I really think she’s growing up now (excuse me while I wipe away the tears).  I can still remember a year ago when I was coming back to riding from foot surgery and she was a super green 6 year old with little training.  We had the craziest, funnest, perfectest Fall that I will never forget.

IMG_7076last Fall….

Sorry, feeling nostalgic…

Back to the point: long approaches.  On Wednesday night we worked half on her, half on me.  But, we were able to kill two birds with one stone by using long approaches.  I tend to get fussy with long approaches and start messing with my hands and legs and leaning and rushing and slowing and basically everything wrong.  And, this just makes Angel more likely to drift or speed up and run through the distance.  Let’s just say Angle likes to build on the long sides…

Wednesday night we did long approach after long approach.  I needed to just chill out and leave my leg on her side.  Occasionally she’d need a “whoah” but that was it.  By the end of the lesson I was back to trusting my eye and her eye for our distances and we kicked serious butt on our last course (more like string of long approaches…).

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Not to mention while we worked on our lesson there were I think 5 other horses and ponies in the indoor so we practiced some maneuvering, too!

-Val

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  1. Sounds like a good lesson!

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