Flying Lead Changes: The Reckoning

It was time for another try at getting Berry’s lead changes. Super skilled rider hopped on her again for another attempt. I warmed up Berry and we started the lesson, working on lengthening the trot and the canter. Since lengthening the canter sometimes felt like galloping, this was quite fun! It also reminded me of […]

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Handing Over the Reins

We were on what felt like the millionth exercise to teach Berry and I lead changes. We started going down the long side, circling, leg yelding back to the rail, and asking for the change. The leg yeld was easy. The change was not, and wouldn’t happen. I could sense Berry’s annoyance. I ended up […]

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Flying Changes

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The day has arrived – Berry and I’s lesson focusing on learning our flying changes. Hilariously enough, Berry caught on way faster than I did, and I could sense her irritation at me not getting it right. We started with cantering a squared off figure eight, preparing for the change going through the center, and […]

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Getting Back in the Lesson Grove

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I finally rode! With the weather improving, I needed to make up for my lesson deficiency. It’s only been three weeks, but it feels like it’s been a lifetime since I rode last. It’s not right. Anticipating that Berry would be a little bit crazy, I decided to head over there early so I would have […]

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Berry’s Accomplishments

Berry is evolving quickly. She really flourishes with constant riding and attention. So I thought it appropriate to announce the great things she’s done over the last week. The first one: She got clipped for the first time. At least I think it was the first time, I don’t know if they clip on the […]

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Relationship Talk with Berry

I had my lesson on Tuesday, and it was pretty amazing. She was either super worn out still from the poker ride, or she really is just getting better. It was a good time to have a long boring talk about our relationship! (except it wasn’t boring, it was amazing!) I’m having trouble remembering who’s […]

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Berry Has Jumped

This is directed to everyone who said she just had to learn to jump in my last post. Because apparently you were all right. Kudos to you all. On Tuesday I went to my regularly scheduled riding lesson with my usual instructor. I’d just like to put out there that is was incredibly hot. Swelteringly, […]

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OPRC Lesson

I didn’t write about it, but last week’s lesson went well. Berry was a good girl, and we did lots of trot poles, and even some jumps, the highest being a solid green box, with a pole on top, about two feet. It was a really nice ride, and I basked in the bliss of […]

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