In which the worst Easter Egg in the basket takes a riding lesson

We can't help clashing.

Bad Idea Fairy Fashion Designs, Inc.

Hana was already halfway tacked up with her old green gear when I discovered that her green-and-white bridle had gone home to Duana's to get run through the dishwasher.  Which left me with the perfectly functional PINK AND ORANGE headstall.  And a green saddle pad.  And a rider bundled in a billion layers of purple and black polarfleece.

It was not pretty.   But we took a lesson anyhow.  Once Dory's eyes adjusted to the color glare, we got down to work.

Hana's entire spine bends to the left, no matter which way we are moving

Hana does NOT like to bend to the right.  She's always been inclined this way, but we know that a chiro visit is needed now.  With Duana's lessons, they mostly concentrate on improving the rider.  When I ride Hana, it's okay to work on the horse a bit, especially at the trot.  You cannot make me tired at the trot in an arena.

Strong inner leg cue, supportive inner hand cue, horse resisting like crazy

I had to really work to get her even to move straight-forward.  With all the leg and hand support in the photo above, note that she is still bent to the outside.

A different type of resistance, equally un-good.

She tried to get me to choose:  if I want her to bend in a "C" shape, she will need to hollow out her back and take teeny steps.     

Not acceptable.  

We kept working, moving back and forth between her "easy" direction

See how nicely she bends this direction?  

and the "hard way."  Finally, I was able to get her to move with rear-end impulsion and a good round back, without being hideously counter-bent.  As I said before, chiro is definitely on the menu for Hana.

Still lots of support, but she's actually able to DO IT now.  Hard work for both of us!

When she did it, we stopped.  Then, we worked a bit on MY problem area:

Canter = what I do worst.

I realize that Hana has gone back to her bad form in the photo above, but at least I'm not curled up in the saddle like a pillbug.  I can see about two dozen things in that picture that I need to fix, but my back is straight, my bum is in the saddle, and I'm looking up.

Progress <-- I'll take it.

After the lesson, as a reward for everyone:

A teeny tiny little trail ride under chilly but blue skies.  

Life. Is. Good.


  1. I'm sorry.

    You wrote a lot of stuff, but I'm still stuck on:

    "her....bridle had gone home to Duana's to get run through the dishwasher".

    Life is weird here in the PNW.

  2. I think Rose and Hana have the same issues of always bending to the left. Rose is now seeing a chiro so hopefully that helps. And hey, your just getting festive early, right? Bright colors help others see you!

  3. Electric pink and international orange don't go together? The things you learn at Haiku Farm!

    Please hold while I stand in front of my closet for another 15 minutes. I mean, um, make some toast...

    (I would so totally use that bridle without blinking. It's happy. It's FUN.) :)


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