Diesel is a fine animal and such a kind horse. I have watched him for years and have seen him take care of many riders.
I had the privilege of using him in my last lesson. I had ridden him once before with very frustrating results...I was tossed up with his bounding trot gate and would loose my stirrups. So, this day I was looking forward to not only mastering his trot but learning about my own riding ability with another horse. Having an over sensitive mare -and one that dislikes the arena- leaves one longing to know >>can I ride really?
I LOVED my lesson. I learned so much about my self and why I was being tossed up in the trot Diesel has...I was helping him by standing up in the stirrups to post.
My instructor had me stop...take my feet out of the stirrups as she cupped my soles with her hand. She then asked me to roll forward, keeping the rest of my posture the same...she made me aware of how much clearance I had from the cantle and said, " this is how I wish you to post when you begin again...just roll forward, as he propels you from the saddle".
OH MY!...I felt my ankle supple and bend and the weight of my heal go down...I had the feel of my foot in the stirrup. !!!
She resounded a few Yessses! And we were onto the next issues (his thankfully).
Michelle, My horsey blogger friend, also took another lesson and she EARNED the INTREPID RIDERS FACTION Award for being a trooper!!! It was the beginning of our Freeze -Out weather...and the Wind was howling...but there she was...having her second Dressage lesson!!!
I really felt amazingly TALL and flexible after getting off Diesel! WOW...riding got to feeling even better with the correct position! THANKS FOR THAT Lesson Diesel !
Sockshot with the Paint horse Diesel..next time, I shall have someone take a pic of us...which is this weekend, If I decide not to take my mare for the ride.
Be well and of a merry and light heart my friends!