# 13 A lesson I will never forget
This week I got to see things from a whole new perspective. I worked with a new trainer and learned a new style of teaching and some useful tips to help me out. However, the most valuable tip I learned all on my own… I started the lesson off going over some basics and then tried the cantering for the second time. I had to stop immediately because the saddle started moving. Lesson learned: If you don’t tighten the girth, your saddle can end up on the side of the horse (WITH YOU IN IT!). I thought about why I didn’t tighten the girth enough and remembered: just a month ago my horse Libby tried to bite me when I tightened it too tightly. Ever since then, Libby and I have both been a little sensitive about girth-tightening.
After we stopped and tightened things up, I tried cantering again and got the hang of it pretty quickly. The more practice I had cantering, the smoother and easier it was. It’s hard to explain, but cantering really made me feel alive and powerful, kind of like riding a sports car. Makes me think of one of my favorite quotes:
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive” Dr. Howard Thurman
In my next lesson (my last practice before my big show!), we are going to take the lunge line off and I will lead all on my own. I’m really looking forward to it (and I am mildly terrified ;)
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