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October 2012

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Today’s riding lesson: Trust

I rode in an English saddle today, which I’m not used to.  It was interesting to see how my anxiety caused me to lose my ability to communicate with my horse.  I asked him to go into a canter, but it took many tries before I could properly ask him.  I was afraid of not being able to stay in the saddle (i.e. fall off and eat sand) and the fear made me tense up and give conflicting commands, such as  asking the horse to go forward while also pulling on the reins to ask the horse to stop. Interestingly, we humans do the same…

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in Blog, Horse riding

Today's riding lesson: Trust

I rode in an English saddle today, which I’m not used to.  It was interesting to see how my anxiety caused me to lose my ability to communicate with my horse.  I asked him to go into a canter, but it took many tries before I could properly ask him.  I was afraid of not being able to stay in the saddle (i.e. fall off and eat sand) and the fear made me tense up and give conflicting commands, such as  asking the horse to go forward while also pulling on the reins to ask the horse to stop. Interestingly, we humans do the same…

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Sequoia’s Progress I

I’ve been doing a lot of round pen work with Sequoia, our newest sort of rescue horse (sort of because she wasn’t being abused, she just needed a good home).  She is well trained, but she was trained by a strong man and doesn’t respond to a sissy girl like me.  She also doesn’t have respect for a sissy girl like me so I’m having to teach her that even a sissy girl can command respect.  And she’s really starting to get it.  Her biggest problem is wanting to turn and face me.  She was taught this by her last…

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in Blog, Horse riding

Sequoia's Progress I

I’ve been doing a lot of round pen work with Sequoia, our newest sort of rescue horse (sort of because she wasn’t being abused, she just needed a good home).  She is well trained, but she was trained by a strong man and doesn’t respond to a sissy girl like me.  She also doesn’t have respect for a sissy girl like me so I’m having to teach her that even a sissy girl can command respect.  And she’s really starting to get it.  Her biggest problem is wanting to turn and face me.  She was taught this by her last…

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