My faithful readers know that my riding session posts tend to be picture heavy. Very heavy. Today I’ve decided that you guys have probably seen enough of my kid’s pony under every possible angle, so I tried to lower the image count and include only those pictures that were relevant to the story I am about to tell.
Here’s what happened today. I woke up (late, thanks God for my daughter sleeping in this morning !), to a bright and beautiful day with blue skies and plenty of gorgeous morning light. So beautiful it was, that the very *first* thing I did once out of bed was actually fetching my trusty NEX7 and shooting a few frames (more on that in next post). I was blissful at the prospect of putting my Sigma EX 70-200/2.8 HSM DG Macro II, known as The Bazooka, through its paces today on jumping riders. However, come 1pm and soon time to depart for the stables, the weather had turned ugly, cold as f&@k and drizzling icy rain. Both Marla and I put on our warmest stables garnments, and off we went. I packed The Bazooka in mere hope, and hit the road.
Today’s lesson was unashamedly serious. Seated trot without stirrups. Anybody who’s been taught horse riding knows this is *not* fun. The girls had done seated trot before, but not without the comfort and support of their stirrups. Because this is a tricky, and potentially fall causing exercise, Gwen wanted to make sure that Marla had all the basics down pat before starting.
Make no mistake, this is hard work. Both girls really gave their best, time and again, till perfection.
And then doing patterns at the same gait
The nasty weather had us rushing back home with me even taking The Bazooka out of the camera bag 😦 Gwen was so happy with the girls’s performance that she announced next week’s program : no stirrups… and jumping bars !