Wednesday, April 16, 2008

One small stride of canter.....

....a giant leap for Lutine.

OK, corny I know. We had a little ride in the field today and Miss L was quite lively as usual. She does get a little anxious about being away from her friends in the paddocks and of course, they call to her while we're riding in the field and get excited themselves. We were trying to do relaxed walk but it's better, at least initially, to try and match her energy and do some trots and then see if you can bring her back down as she settles. As we did a bit of trotting up the slope and across the diagonal of the field, I sat twice to change the trot diagonal and that moment of sitting had Lutine mistake it as an aid for canter! We only did a stride or so (and heck, it felt like there's quite a nice canter waiting to be discovered!) before we dropped back to trot. But still, it was good of her to offer. I take it as a sign that she must be feeling OK about the riding. And we got the nice relaxed walk shortly after, where I could feel both her hips swinging and her lumbar area unlocking. Felt good.

2 Comments:

Blogger Stephanie said...

Oh, I love it. "Good of her to offer". So polite.

I would say bloody wonderful work Wendy! I am grinning so big and so wide right now.

Good of her to offer...

2:31 PM  
Blogger Lulu's friend said...

LOL Steph! Am I living up to the Brit stereotype of being a bit over-polite? ;-)

Blinkin' weather has been totally heinous since then so we've not ridden in the last two days. Then I'm off to Blighty tomorrow for a week so unless RV feels like hopping on board her (LOL) she's going to be having another 'rest'. Still Chris Day is here on the 27th and I'm looking forward to hearing what he has to say. Fingers crossed!!

7:02 PM  

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