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So today was the first day of riding lessons on Samurai. I got to the stables at 12.15 for lunch with the other participants, which was nice. I cleaned Campero's fistula (he still has a hole going through his cheek by the fracture) and mucked out Samurai's box. At 14 I brought Samurai in so he'd be able to eat while I mucked out Campero's box. I got him ready on time to get into the riding house and start warming him up ten minutes before 15, when my lesson was to start.

We started with simply walking around and I got some tips on how to improve my seat. Eva saw that I tend to not notice if I'm not sitting centered on the horse and she helped me with tips on how to avoid listing to one side. Then we did rising trot, where again she helped me get a better seat - I tend to fall forward a bit too much and she had me practicing my balance by standing in the saddle while Samurai was standing still, until I could stand properly without losing my balance. Then I did some more turns doing rising trot so I'd get it fixed in my mind.

After that it was time for the seated trot. As I wrote yesterday, that's something that's always been a problem for me. Part of it is that with the abdominal pains from the endometriosis, the incessant movements required for the seated trot can be very painful, but the greatest part is that I'm not supple enough or relaxed enough to follow the horse's motions.

Eva helped me with this. She had me relaxed enough that I could do seated trot for several minutes, with change of pacing and speed, without losing the rhythm. Part of it was simply learning how to deal with losing the rhythm - I've kept trying to get it back while keeping the horse at a trot, but that's uncomfortable for both of us and has never been successful. Eva told me to instead slow down to a walk and get my seat back properly at walking pace, and then try again. This worked wonders!

Then we did turning on front legs and hind legs. This is stuff that Samurai knows very well but I have never tried it before - and that's an occasion where it's abundantly clear what a good thing it is to ride such a well schooled horse. Every time I managed to do my part correctly, he responded immediately, so I got an immediate feedback telling me if I was right.

After that we did some gallops, which went well, and then the lesson was over. Samurai seemed quite pleased with finally having me riding him better; he had some of that white foam around the bit and he rubbed his head against me thoroughly afterwards - always a sign that he enjoyed the ride. For me it was lovely - not least knowing that I was in the saddle for an hour, doing some rather strenuous stuff, and I made it through the whole hour without having to ask for a break!

I'm very tired and in quite a bit of pain - but happy, content and looking forward to tomorrow.

Date: 2006-04-01 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gnapp.livejournal.com
That's great! Some people from the course came back to the stable while I was there this afternoon, and they said it looked like things was working well for you! And it'll definitely be interesting to hear how things work out on your lesson next week as well.

Date: 2006-04-02 08:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennyaxe.livejournal.com
That's nice to hear!

Date: 2006-04-01 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rodluvan.livejournal.com
I feel so happy for you that you enjoyed the lesson and it went out well. And that you are healthy so you can do a lot of things again.

Thank you for sharing this. I don't know so much about riding and it's fun to read and lear a little about it. I wonder how Samurai looks is she also white?

Date: 2006-04-02 08:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennyaxe.livejournal.com
I used the wrong user picture - here he is, in the icon next to this post. You can also see him in Jegra's user icon - don't they look great together? I helped her make that jacket, if I recall correctly it's based on a 17th century jacket worn by a nobleman who was murdered, and his mother kept the bloody clothes as a reminder. Now they're featured in books on 17th century clothing and that's where the pattern comes from.

Date: 2006-04-02 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rodluvan.livejournal.com
Aha, this horse is a "he" too, like Skutt. He is lovely I see he has some black in the middle of is it brown?.

Very interesting story about the jacket you are making for you friend. I hope you can take a picture of the jacket when it is ready.

Good luck with the lessons and horses!

Date: 2006-04-01 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jegra.livejournal.com
That's wonderful! So glad to hear that you got some good tips on the seat! :) It makes it so much easier to get the hang of all the other bits and peaces to keep in mind while riding. :)

I'm looking forward to tomorrow, I plan to be there at about lunchtime so I can clean the stalls and ride Campero a bit. So you don't need to think about that at all tomorrow and save you're body for the riding. Hopefully I'll be able to see Fredrik in the early evening, keep your fingrers crossed!

Date: 2006-04-02 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennyaxe.livejournal.com
Thanks for doing the stalls, I'll happily admit to quite a bit of muscle ache today. I'm looking forward to talking things over with you as well, it'd be a very long post if I were to describe in detail everything Eva helped me with... suffice it to say that what she told me was more or less what you've been telling me when we've been out riding together so I don't think you'll feel that she tried to make me ride in a way you wouldn't. Also she saw that Samurai really knows what to do (she asked me first how well-schooled he is before the lesson) and so she focused on me rather than on him. See you later (and I will keep my fingers crossed, except when riding :)

Hej vännen!

Date: 2006-04-04 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] magica-dehex.livejournal.com
Vilken härlig och underbar dag du o Raijen verkade ha haft i lördags! Blev lite avundsjuk och längtar tillbkaa till ridningen enormt! Om bara tid o pengar fanns....

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