Horses How I Love Thee, but your a cruel master


Posted by kat | Posted in Family Happenings | Posted on 17-12-2010

OK!  So a friend of mine has asked me several times to come riding with her, it has never worked out until today,  and since we got done riding about dinner time for the horses, I stayed and helped feed and a few other chores.   I must THANK my wonderful husband, who took the kids long enough so that I could go riding.  Your a wonderful husband.  Just so that you know, it has been 5 years since I have been on a horse other than hopping on a horse with the kids and at least 10 years since I have done any serious horse riding,   showing, trail riding ECT.   I am way out of shape and while I have wanted to start riding again, it just has never really worked out, I have stayed active in horses, helping with our local Pony Club.

But I am a far cry from the fit horsewoman I used to be,  when I was much younger and before I got married and had kids, I was very active in Pony Club and was able to achieve my B rating.  This rating is one of the higher levels you can attain, the highest is an A rating.   I had done several events at the Novice level and was schooling Training level.  For those of you who are wondering what this means, in an EVENT you do what is called a dressage test( series of moves on a horse) jump a cross country course( at a certain height depending on the level) and then jump another course (of different type jumps again height is according to level being ridden)called a stadium course.   I mostly did Novice courses so I would jump about 2′ 11″ and I was schooling Training level which is 3′ 3″ as well as schooling some Prelim which is 3′ 7″.    When I was just doing the Stadium fences I was doing 3′  to 3′ 9″, courses and I really loved doing it.  My sister’s are coming down for Christmas and I am hoping that we can get together and ride a couple of times and maybe even do some jumping, I mentioned something to one of my sister’s and she was wanting to a couple of lunge lessons.  This is when you are put on a long length of rope and and a person on the ground controls the horse, so that you can work on your position on the horse.   This really helps to also help you get better in tune with your horse and what is going on underneath you.

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