Riding Diary 22/04/2016

The horses that came out to ride were Hassan, Heinrich, Hidlago, Honesta and  Marac. I was on Honesta.

The rain fell earlier in the day so the riding school wasn’t dusty but.. there was a big puddle between K and V.

 

 

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This should help you remember where those letters are!

The horses that came out to ride were Hassan, Heinrich, Hidlago, Honesta and  Marac. I was on Honesta.

The rain fell earlier in the day so the riding school wasn’t dusty but.. there was a big puddle between K and V.

First, we warmed up the horses at the walk and stretched while on the horses. Holding the reins in one hand we leaned over on one side and pulled that foot. This was done on both sides. Then we stood in the stirrups at the walk. When we started trotting we stood in the stirrups at the trot as well.

Our instructor wanted us to work on transitions. At first, we worked together going down the length of the school. We did walk to trot, then trot to canter. Hassan was on the extreme right of the school near the big puddle and he got excited when we started to canter. Next thing we knew Hassan was running wild and free while his rider was drenched in mud!

Other than that, the rest of the class ran smoothly.
We did some individual work walking, trotting and cantering. Then we did some dressage movements as a group. They were:

  • Shoulder in
  • Travers
  • Turn on the haunches
  • Half pirouette

After this we did a few laps around the school at the canter (I loved this part) then we did a 2-loop serpentine a few times.

At the end of class we walked the horses in a 10-metre circle to cool them down.

Overall it was a very good ride!

 

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