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Re: [WestKingdomEQ] Back on the Horse Again, or Luna auditions as a vaulting mount..

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  • Tori
    Congrats Hamish!   That s wonderful, and I m glad that you were able to get back on and enjoy yourself.  It s a hard step sometimes.    Arianwen   Neca
    Message 1 of 5 , Oct 22, 2010
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      Congrats Hamish!
       
      That's wonderful, and I'm glad that you were able to get back on and enjoy yourself.  It's a hard step sometimes. 
       
      Arianwen

       
      Neca Eos Omnes.  Deus Suos Agnoset.


      --- On Thu, 10/21/10, David Walters <wyllow@...> wrote:

      From: David Walters <wyllow@...>
      Subject: [WestKingdomEQ] Back on the Horse Again, or Luna auditions as a vaulting mount..
      To: WestKingdomEQ@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 10:50 PM

       
      Three months after my wreck, I am finally healed enough to ride again.   After a few weeks of working Luna on the ground (mostly walk/trot/canter round pen fu) I got together with a friend of mine and we did some balance work on the longe line..   First she did a bunch of crazy stuff to see how Luna would react on the line at a walk/trot with a rider (her canter is still rough and needs to work some buck out at the transition).   Luna took it quite well and then I gave it a go.
       
      It was the first time I'd been on a horse and able to completely focus on my balance and seat.   It took a few minutes for the wreck related apprehension to dissipate before I relaxed into my normal seat, but then it was quite a lot of fun.  I discovered that as a fighter, I tend to keep my legs, hips and shoulders connected. It's probably not shocking that I relax better if I'm not thinking about what I'm doing :-) It took some practice to keep my seat position while touching ears, tail, feet, etc.   I was also amazed at how it felt to close my eyes and just feel the horses movement.    I stayed mostly at the walk although we did some trot work as well.  I'm looking forward to doing this once or twice a week for the next month or so, weather permitting. 
       
      Cheers,
      Hamish

    • Dianne Karp
      It is quite a feat to get back on after any kind of a wreck. Being able to just work on seat and balance without controlling the horse is a interesting and
      Message 2 of 5 , Oct 23, 2010
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        It is quite a feat to get back on after any kind of a wreck. 
        Being able to just work on seat and balance without controlling the horse is a interesting and useful thing.  My trainer has a huge round pen with two outer walls.  She uses the lane created by the two walls for just this purpose.  Riders can walk/trot/canter inside it without using the reins and even practice jumping without having to steer the horse too!


        Keep it up!

        S



        On Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 7:01 AM, Tori <jessimare@...> wrote:
         

        Congrats Hamish!
         
        That's wonderful, and I'm glad that you were able to get back on and enjoy yourself.  It's a hard step sometimes. 
         
        Arianwen

         
        Neca Eos Omnes.  Deus Suos Agnoset.


        --- On Thu, 10/21/10, David Walters <wyllow@...> wrote:

        From: David Walters <wyllow@...>
        Subject: [WestKingdomEQ] Back on the Horse Again, or Luna auditions as a vaulting mount..
        To: WestKingdomEQ@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 10:50 PM


         
        Three months after my wreck, I am finally healed enough to ride again.   After a few weeks of working Luna on the ground (mostly walk/trot/canter round pen fu) I got together with a friend of mine and we did some balance work on the longe line..   First she did a bunch of crazy stuff to see how Luna would react on the line at a walk/trot with a rider (her canter is still rough and needs to work some buck out at the transition).   Luna took it quite well and then I gave it a go.
         
        It was the first time I'd been on a horse and able to completely focus on my balance and seat.   It took a few minutes for the wreck related apprehension to dissipate before I relaxed into my normal seat, but then it was quite a lot of fun.  I discovered that as a fighter, I tend to keep my legs, hips and shoulders connected. It's probably not shocking that I relax better if I'm not thinking about what I'm doing :-) It took some practice to keep my seat position while touching ears, tail, feet, etc.   I was also amazed at how it felt to close my eyes and just feel the horses movement.    I stayed mostly at the walk although we did some trot work as well.  I'm looking forward to doing this once or twice a week for the next month or so, weather permitting. 
         
        Cheers,
        Hamish




        --
        Siobhan ni Seaghdha, OP
        Dianne Karp

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