Yesterday I got to meet a new student of mine- She lives in Flower Mound, and while she grew up barrel racing, she helped her daughter through many years of showing English Style riding, and she herself now shows English Horses.
I have done a bit of English riding but mine hasn’t been for anything serious other than exercising polo ponies back when I was younger. I love to watch show jumping. But I’m not sure I’m brave enough to jump too much higher than about 3 feet. Those horses can tackle 6 foot tall jumps. Insanity, I know. I love to watch the horsemen that are brave enough to tackle a cross country course and the all out craziness of those- not only do they have jumps to make, but it’s a race, so you’re timed! If you’ve never watched a Three-Day Event, I recommend you follow next time the Summer Olympics are on. I enjoy watching a Grand Prix level dressage horse, but I don’t know if I have the patience to actually learn to train and ride dressage.
I say all of this to tell you, that I’ve had countless people, including my parent’s neighbor tell me that my pretty Sonora would make a gorgeous English Style horse. She specifically said Dressage horse, but no matter, it’s still English Riding.
Yesterday I had the chance to try it out!
My student came and brought her pretty, enormous, hunter horse, Angel, and when we were done with our lesson we got out the dirty dragon, Nora, who if it were not for being gray, would be clean all the time. We put an English Saddle and blanket on her and rode her around. I got a refresher course on diagonals (which is essentially posting at the correct time, so that your horse has the ability to pick up their inside hind leg higher and plant it further forward if my understanding is correct). Can I just tell y’all I had so much fun? I haven’t had that much fun in a lesson or giving a lesson in quite some time. I can’t wait to do it again; I think my new student might have me convinced to see if this mare can jump. How much fun does that sound like?
My student offered to snap a photo of us for proof- and because we thought it would be fun to show Zach that his cowgirl had learned something new.
I loved learning more about this style riding, and can’t wait to have another day like yesterday!
In the meantime, I’m going to go enjoy the sunshine!
Ta, ta for now!