extra day. I am Alys who has taken up residence on the sofa with Buster the dog.
Buster is a truly great dog who has an old soul. I learned that he’s half Aussie and half border collie, just like Jenna. However, I don’t know if he has Three Ring Circus in his pedigree. The first difference between the two is that Jenna is black and white while Buster is tri-colored. The next difference is that Jenna lacks a tail while Buster has his. Hardly seems fair. All dogs should have a tail that they can wag.
It was another good clinic day, even though a chunk of it was taken up with centered riding administrative and saying good bye to people. In the end, it didn’t feel like a four day, but rather a three day clinic.
The focus of the morning lecture/hands on demonstration was on hands and elbows, and holding the reins lightly. Then after, we rode. I was fortunate in that I was again able to ride Katina. I said before the lesson that I had a huge agenda – I wanted at the lesson’s conclusion to ride her at the walk, trot, tolt, and canter. As it turned out, I rode her at the tolt most of the lesson. I later worked her over poles, in an attempt to get her to trot. This is because using poles breaks up the footfall pattern. Katina did as asked, going over the poles at a trot, then holding this gait for a few more strides after.
I also discovered that if I was just a tad behind vertical (with my torso) that Katina would pick up the pace. Beforehand, Susan talked with us all about the rhythm of the gaits. Overall, it was tough to be in a class in which the other students were riding three gaited horses while I was riding a five-gaited horse. What I had reaffirmed, and what others learned, was that there are two differing sensibilities in working with two and five gaited horses and their riders.
Next: 138. 5/26/15: Down Time