Jul. 11th, 2012

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I was going to post my last Lastours castle post tonight, but it's getting late and I've been distracted by horse-riding, so it's going to have to wait.

I had a fantastic lesson tonight. Diva was on the ball, and we both did really well.  Um, this could be because of a mindless bit of horse-cruelty I indulged in within 30 seconds of getting on.  She was being particularly sluggardly and dithery, so I gave her a wee tap (honest!!) with the dressage whip to wake her up, and wow!!

Diva was no longer walking.  She was sproinging along at a spirited jog.

For once, my legs were required to hold back instead of kick forward. Canter transitions were all spot on (and in every one, she struck off on the right leg) and we repeated last week's 20m circles in canter (in both reins) with aplomb. She was very up and down to begin with, but by the end of the half hour she was beginning to come down onto the bit. 

It was marvellous.  Everything came together, it was woman-and-horse-in-perfect-harmony and a thousand other horsey cliches.  Diva was very full of herself by the end.  She responds very well when someone is urging her on and telling her in no uncertain terms that she's a very clever girl, etcetera.

Why can't it ALWAYS be like that???


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