Well, Mrs. Cartwright and I had a wonderful lesson yesterday with our teacher, Audra. She is a really good teacher, fun, and down to earth. We started posting yesterday, which is basically learning to force your body up and down with the horse while it moves while keeping your body in the correct riding position. Seems easy, but yeah, it’s not. Talk about a good workout, and I workout regularly too. It uses muscles that I rarely use, except in Pilates, and works them hard. It was a lot of fun and interesting to see how our seats differed. Mine was too tense and I kept trying to grab for a saddle horn which doesn’t exist in English riding, thank you Western riding for that one. Mrs. Cartwright was a bit on the loose side. So, next week, she will be using a Western saddle to help find her seat. I, on the other hand, will be going…. gulp… bareback. Audra says it’s to keep me from trying to grab the saddle and force my body to hold itself up and back. So, we are super excited for next week’s lesson, especially since I have never ridden bareback before. Well, dear friends, I must be off, hubby has Continuing Education all day long, so the Cartwrights and I are heading to Centrailia for antiquing. I shall leave you with a couple of pictures of Athena, my lesson horse. She’s a doll, and I’m a bit attached, hehehe. God Bless!
Here she is. I snapped this right before I started grooming her.
This picture is a bit blurry, because I took it myself, and neither of us can stay still.