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#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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