The adventures of Gilly the rescue horse and his side kick and partner in crime, Pokey the donkey.

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Being with a horse is a journey that never ends. What they have to teach us is amazing; but we must quiet our mind to hear them. ~ jca

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Another ride in the Cover All arena

 Back the first part of June Gilly and I went to take a lesson at Sheri's and rode in the Cover All arena. I love this arena, so nice inside and Sheri has the nicest footing in there...very springy and not a lot of dust at all.
What kind of lessons am I taking, just basic riding skills. I never had riding lessons of any kind when younger and I feel that I really need help in some areas....probably all areas! ha
The above picture I did some photo manipulation on it. I think it looks pretty neat.

 Gilly tacked up and ready to ride. He is such a good boy, posing for the camera, already worked on the long line and ready to go.

Putting on Gilly's bitless bridle, really good shot of him, me I'm not so sure. I think Kim, who was taking pictures, must have said something to me. I was probably saying, what?

 Love this picture of Gilly, he was really in a nice frame here and looking good. He is such a nice mover but he takes a lot of work to ride this trot, it's big and lofty.

 Trot, Gilly trot! Effortless for him, hard for me...by the end of a lesson I am wore out, he hardly breaks a sweat!

 Cantering feet, shots taken from a video.

 A little blurred but still I love seeing his feet off the ground, he has such pretty feet.

Sheri was riding Gilly here, moving along softly.
I am looking forward to going back for more lessons, it's been hot here, the horse flies are terrible so I will wait for cooler weather. I seem to have become a fair weather rider as I have gotten older....when I was a kid I didn't care what the weather or bugs were like, I rode no matter what! Not now, body also says what I can and can't do.
Even if I don't ride I can still hang out at the barn and love on my two boys, Pokey really loves that, he is a snuggle bug more so than Gilly.
Jane

3 comments:

Annette said...

It looks like Gilly has a wonderful swinging trot, with his back up and working through your body. You don't give yourself enough credit -- you look great on him with an elastic contact and lined up nicely. The two of you make a lovely pair. I've noticed the fair weather thing as well. It make take us longer to progress, but I only ride when the weather is bearable.

Jeni said...

I just love that big guy! I agree with Annette - both you and him look awesome.

Really the only thing I could comment on is for you to look up. Lifting your head up, with bring your shoulders up - and Gilly's.

Love the cantering hooves photos!

jane augenstein said...

Thank you Annette and Jeni, yes, I know I need to lift up my head, bad habit. someone need to yell at me to "look up"!

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