Thursday, June 27, 2013

Trotting Lessons

Sugar seems to enjoy the riding lessons as much as her students do. She always volunteers for duty, coming up to be caught and standing patiently while they awkwardly halter her.

Most of Hunter and Colton’s riding has been on the lunge line, so they can concentrate on balance, leg position, and seat before using a bridle. They’re also learning that a horse can be directed with subtle body and voice cues, instead of stereotypical-but-unkind kicks and pulls on the reins.

Sugar’s pupils graduated to a trot yesterday. Sitting a trot is usually a difficult task for a beginner, but since Sugar’s jog is silky-smooth, the kids rode like old cowhands in record time!

“Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness
    will find life and honor.”

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