Calm, Forward, Straight

Calm, Forward, Straight

Sunday, September 12, 2010

In the Arena #24 - A revelation

Saturday was a superb day... got to the barn early, did my chores, groomed Val top to bottom and then had a beautiful ride - our third this week. That is one of my goals for the fall and winter - three rides a week (at least). Now that the weather has broken I believe we'll be able to achieve it.

What made the morning extra worthwhile is that I had a breakthrough related to coordinating my aids... or more accurately I realized that I had mostly been thinking of / using my aids - hands, arms, seat and legs - separately. While I knew intellectually that the aids must work together, a "symphony of the aids" as Erik Herbermann says, I really hadn't had a feel for it before yesterday. There have been moments when it happened, but I wasn't conscious of it at the time. I'm psyched to see where this takes us.

Afterwords, Val got a nice rinse + carrot cookie stretches, and we did some exercises that his massage therapist recommended. She also told me it would be good to use one of those rubber curry things on the under the saddle and girth areas to bring the circulation back. Val approves of that suggestion :)

Yesterday was pretty close to a perfect day. It was everything I dreamed about before having my own horse.


  1. Very nice - those perfect days are to be treasured!

  2. I remember those days when I first had Keil Bay, and again when I first brought him to November Hill. They are still perfect days! So happy for you and Val.

  3. I'm so happy to hear that you and Val had a perfect day. It's always such a great feeling that leaves you smiling and in a good mood isn't it? And the best part is you know there will be more coming in the future. Enjoy this weather and your rides.

    p.s. I always curry any horse I'm going to ride top to bottom before brushing. They really seem to like it and it does get that deep down dirt out. I always have this feeling in the back of my mind that if I don't get the dirt off as well as I can the saddle will grind it into their backs. Whether I'm right or wrong I don't know, but I guess it's one of my quirks.

  4. I love this time of year...when things start cooling off and the dangerous heat disappears. I will ride in sub-zero temps, but when it hits those nasty hot and humid highs? No thanks!

    Glad you and Val had a great ride! Achieving that harmony through your aids is a big bonus...most of us try too hard to get the aids "just right" and if we just let go and feel it, it comes eventually.


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