A Lesson on Charlie

A Lesson on Charlie


Hello um this is my post riding ritual. I
run myself a nice hot bath with Epsom salts and I need that really because I get a lot of
aches and pains in my muscles and joints. So to try and alleviate that hot water and
the Epsom salts really really help post riding so this is my ritual. When you come round off the side keep that
outside rein firm and keep your outside leg on and give a tap with the stick. Tap, tap
tap, keep that outside leg on, go on. tap. that’s it. Bring him round anyway, outside
leg on. Good. Had an ok-ish day today. It felt like it was
really a back to basics of walk, trot, canter, how to turn properly using your legs to steer,
and I ended up really tired. I was getting really tired by the end of it and don’t know
if it was because it was warm or because it was concentrating a lot. But it was good to do.
It’s frustrating sometimes because it feels like I’m not progressing. But it’s good to
do, it’s nice to know I’m getting better at those basics.
It’s definitely one of the frustrations of riding school, never riding the same horse, for
more than a couple of weeks at a time so it makes it difficult to teach the horse new
things and to progress. So you come out feeling tired and thinking “what did I actually do”
but saying that I enjoyed the ride and I definitely felt that I was getting better responses from
the horse by the end of it and that my signals were getting clearer and that my signals were getting clearer so that’s quite nice. [instructor] Pop him up in to a trot, keep him on a circle
up here with me for a second. push that trot ever so slightly forward, encourage
him around the corners. The next time you get to M you are going to pop him in to canter
but I want you to ask him a little bit earlier, so on 3. Half halt, and one, two, three.
[horse snorts] The problem with Charlie is he’s not particualrly
well schooled. He can walk trot, canter, but it doesn’t mean he can do it very well. This
is what I’ve got in the last half an hour. So when you’re asking him to canter he’s going
“yep yep, I’m on it. But sometimes it doesn’t happen for him either because he’s not engaging his quarters or he’s falling through
his outside shoulder so that’s giving him a run and off balance or go off on the wrong
canter lead. So yeah that’s today’s ride done and I’m gonna
have my bath, relax sooth my muscles and have a protein shake to restore some energy and
hydration. I really suffered with the hydration today.

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