Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Purpose of the Whip

I know I’ve been using my whip incorrectly.  The purpose of the whip is to reinforce the leg.  I’ve been using it to get my horse moving any way I could. What tipped Barbara off that PJ wasn’t not responding … Continue reading

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PJ and the Horse Trailer

Maryann was nice enough to give up her morning to help PJ and I with his loading issues. We first took a hack, which turned to be a short ride because the ground was still saturated and very mushy.  We … Continue reading

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Another No Stirrups Kinda Day

Yup, took away my stirrups again but went a little easier than last time.  I did’t want to be sore for four days again.  This time I did more sitting than posting trot, trying to keep my new position.  I … Continue reading

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Going Back to Where I Came from to Move Forward

My lesson started out as it normally does with me trying to get PJ moving.  When we started to canter Barbara remarked about my position and told me to try and pay attention to how far back against the cantle … Continue reading

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Simple = Difficult

First off, let me say that I am still not fully recovered from my day of no stirrups.  My upper inner thighs hurt, my lower back aches, and I think I pinched a nerve in my upper back.  But I … Continue reading

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Split Decision

We’re riding along; minding our own business when out of the corner of both mine and PJ’s eyes we see a strange sight: two horses running loose.  It registered in PJ’s mind a split second before mine that that wasn’t … Continue reading

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Boy, Are My Legs Tired!

At my last lesson, Barbara gave me the directive to ride without stirrups to get stronger. I   have been working so hard on PJ that I’ve neglected myself (I really needed to buy a trained horse but that is … Continue reading

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