July 11th, 2010

Confused, dragon

Woo Canter

I've been taking horseback riding lessons for about a year now.  It's fun, but one hour a week isn't quite enough for me to retain everything I learn, so it has been a two-steps-forward, one-step-back sort of process.  I can't help but feel that if I could arrange for a full day or a weekend of instruction I'd probably jump to a new plateau.  I always feel like the lesson ends just as the horse and myself are all warmed up and understanding each other.

I'm still pretty terrible at sitting the trot, but my teacher decided this morning that I was ready to try a canter (or 'lope' as it's called in western style riding).

Wow.

It's the first time that I've really felt the power of a horse under me.  My teacher said it was a slow, smooth lope but I felt like I was on a self-propelled flume ride.  It was scary but exhilarating.
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