I didn't start learning to ride until May 2010 and for the entire summer of that year was injured. My first year of riding was not that solid but since April last year, I've not missed a ride. I can walk, sit and rise trot, canter, and have started learning transitions and diagonals on a variety of horses. Come and join me on my adventures with my horsey friends all done with no sight on my part. don't feel afraid to ask me any questions. being blind and a horse rider is new, interesting and very exciting. So I hope you can gain something from reading this.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Getting Control

Frustration was a hefty part of my mood last Thursday and I couldn't bring myself to share my misery with you all. But today, despite the weather being the moodier, my mood was as bright as sunshine after riding. I rode another horse today, a beautiful gelding called Kenny. He's a little more bouncier in his gait but more responsive to get cantering, hence the switch. It's been a while since I had a good canter and struggled to get him to do it at first but on two occasions I managed to and fell into his rhythm rather well. I'm still holding back a little I think and he felt that and quickly transferred back to a trot. Getting to know a horse is one thing for a rider but for the horse to know you is also another thing you need to remember. He has a quick speed naturally and my instructor asked me to get him to go quicker and be more forward in his walking. I did this with simple nudging from my legs, or as we say in horse riding, squeeze the sides but gently enough and without the hips to tell your horse you don't want a trot, but just to walk faster, "Step out". I succeeded in this quite effectively and another thing I did notice, as did my instructor was my hands are doing what they are supposed to and not their aerodynamic demonstrations on the rains as they were the previous classes. I have a real issue with my reins constantly lengthening and a tip I read on School your horse blog was to ensure you keep your thumbs firmly on the reins so they don't lengthen and you have total control of your horse at all times. After all, you're in charge. So I think once I gain a bit more confidence and be a little bossier, my cantering will be flying and slowly but surely, I'm feeling like I am improving. Despite even the bad rides, I have come on so much since I started riding a year ago and I'm super pleased and hope Thursday's lesson is as good as today's, if not better.


  1. Marie, keep smiling and keep at it! There are good days and bad days for all of us but with your attitude you can't fail to succeed. Realising that horses have their own minds and opinions on things - which you clearly do - means you are way ahead of a lot of people I've met over the years. You go girl!

  2. Thank you so much. Your support means a lot to me. And your great advice on your blog too. :) I love being around horses so much and love how I feel working with them so giving up is just no option. Even on the hard days I still love being there and around them. :)