I got to ride three different horses, each lighter and more responsive than the previous one. Texas, a wide chested and placid palomino Quarter Horse, Spirit, a leaner and more sensitive bay QH, and finally Twister Crown a BIG and wonderfully light Paint Horse, that is featured on all the pictures in this blog
Under the guidance of a nice young lady trainer, I was able to get a taste of all the reining maneuvers, save one, the flying lead change, that I plain and simple forgot to ask to perform… But spin, stop, circle and roll-back, we did
A lady had ridden Twister during my own session on Spirit, and he had looked like a larger and heavier horse that might not be too much fun to be on. Nothing was farther from the truth ! I ended up totally taken by surprise by his lightness, responsiveness, generosity and preserved personality. The two previous horses had seemed a bit on the numb side, but he didn’t hesitate express his disagreement by kicking out a back leg whenever one of my cues was off. In this regard, he was the actual teacher of the day 😉
You can see the front end here is very similar to Joli’s in the higher above picture, except Twister’s back feet stay close, while Joli’s are spread out, which is incorrect (but not uncommon, as he’s still learning)
Here Twister’s mouth is opening slightly, telling me he’s not entirely comfortable with my handling of the reins. I tried to be as light handed as possible the whole way through, but it’s a steep learning curve !
And a newly found appreciation for those Paint Horses 😉