This is Ty and me at the end of our last lesson. We trotted together for the first time which was a bit unnerving to me as he’s part draft horse and part thoroughbred and 16.3 hands which, believe me, is big! But what a sweet fella!
I’m learning to ride English and right now, I’m learning to post while trotting while loosely holding onto the reins and hanging onto the saddle! I’m working on rhythmically posting as Ty’s trotting in a circle on a lead held by my teacher. Thank goodness she’s there to guide me and him as we work together. I’m happy to say that our goal was accomplished a few times, but I think I still have a long way to go. But I’m getting there which is good.
I haven’t given up riding Sam or Charlie. It just seems that Ty has a smoother gait while trotting which helps when you’re learning to post. I love how each horse is different and has his own quirks like people do. It makes for interesting connections! And as you can tell, my smile is always so big when I am at the farm after a lesson! There’s something so healing about riding horses. Their loving natures make my heart sing! Do you feel the same way?
Do you ride English or Western? I’ve trailed ridden Western years ago which I enjoyed. I wonder if I try to ride Western again on a trail will it be hard because it’s so different? Any horse people out there? Please share your experiences! Thank you!
You will be able to ride in a Western saddle any time you want. No worries. Nice to see your smile!
Thanks Anne! I know you understand since you’re a horsewoman! That’s great to know for the future – whatever it may bring! 🙂 Happy trails to you always!
And Happy Trails to you too.
My girls ride. M rides western barrel racing and B rides English. It’s a lot of work but you can do it! Horses are so sweet. Love feeding them carrots. Enjoy!
Carrots! I have to get some! Right now they get ‘cookies’ which are supplied by the barn. Best of luck to both of your lucky girls! How delightful!!! Thanks for stopping by!
The glow coming from you both is amazing Yvonne. And once you learn to ride you can get on anything. It’s like driving a car, after a while you can jump into anything and make it purr, so to speak 😀 ❤
Oh purr! Love that image Mark! Thank you!! 🙂 ♥
I had to look up ‘posting’ on the internet, as I had no idea what you’re talking about. Now I see why it makes such a difference to have a horse that is easy at first! Enjoy your lessons and connecting with your equine counterparts!
Thanks Karel! I’m sorry, I should have included what posting is. 🙂
No worries! The western and eastern US are a bit different in their equine way of life. When I took my daughter for horseback riding lessons, they wanted her to learn bareback first…. It’s just a way of life that’s a bit foreign to me. I’m the one who is out of the loop. Your blog post was fine!
Bareback!!!! Yikes! I can’t even begin to imagine but it sounds like an adventure I’d love to experience! Did she ride bareback??? I’m impressed!
She did! They wanted to teach balance and being one with the horse physically. What a ride!
I can’t even begin to imagine the triumph she felt after accomplishing this! I would love to try bareback as I agree – it forces you to be one with your horse and to balance which is the key. Awesome!!!!
It helps that she was about 10 or so and pretty monkey-like.
Good for her! What an amazing experience!! I wish I had been able to do that myself!
I’m delighted by the joy and healing you’re experiencing, Yvoonne. May your heart keep singing.
Thank you Russ! Can you hear my off key singing? LOL
Beautiful horse (and Lady)
Aww…thank you David! 🙂
I never road English and think it would be too different for me
to even get comfortable with. All of the riding I did was many years ago now.
It looks by your smile that you are enjoying it quite nicely.
Thanks Eddie for your kind words and for sharing your experience with me too. I love that you rode too! Good memories I’m sure!
I LOVE that you trotted! How’s your booty after that??? 😉 And riders connect with some horses more than others. It means that you are becoming a true horseman (horsewoman). Awesome!!!
Thanks Jo! I was honestly sore afterwards, but it was a great feeling that I was grateful for because it meant so much more! xo
It does a number on your derriere when you aren’t used to it, but it’s worth it for the other number it does on your spirit in exchange. I so love it for you!
Thank you! Yes, I was a bit sore afterwards, but the joy outweighed the pain! LOL
Oh I love this picture!! I haven’t been on the blog – my blog that is! in a while so I was so happy to open up wordpress and see your beautiful face! Hello again my friend! 🙂
Hello Deb! I’m so happy to see your smiling face! I love reconnecting! I hope all is well with you xo
I’ve never been on a horse so the question doesn’t apply. Your photo is priceless. Anything that brings a smile is good. Keep on enjoying.