Sunday, January 29, 2012
Our ride today started off with me feeling like I just couldn't do it. There were three other horses and a horse lunging in the arena and I felt overwhelmed. But Laura was there and walked out and said "Trot this pony." I whined and hemmed and hawed. She took my feet and pushed them down hard into the stirrups. "Hunker down and trot. this. pony." Yeah, she kinda growled at me. I knew from her tone that if I didn't make the pony trot, she was going to. "If she bucks, smack her. If she bucks again, smack her harder. She will give it up quick," Laura assured me. So I rode and smacked and there was some ear pinning and some random cantering, but there were no bucks. And we had a lovely ride even though there ended up being five horses in the arena and it was chaotic. Now if I can just get a life size cardboard cutout of Laura and a tape of her saying "Forward! Forward! Keep the contact!" then I'd be set. I could also save some money on lessons if I did this since most of my lessons right now are rinse, lather, repeat. Forward! Forward! Keep the contact!
Posted by Mona Sterling at 2:49 PM