At the Open House we offered light refreshments and lesson demonstrations. Some of the instructors gave short, 15-minute riding lessons, there was a groundwork demonstration, and yoga on horseback! We are very fortunate, because one of our therapeutic riding instructors is also a certified yoga instructor. She has adapted some yoga poses to be practiced on the moving horse. This is where Harley and I got to participate.
Thank you, Husband, for taking all of these lovely photos!
|I overheard a little kid say, "Mommy, I want to ride that one," as we walked by. Me, too, kid. Me, too!|
|Harley inspected the people watching at the fence every single time that we walked by them. He liked all the activity and visitors. He is such a social guy.|
|Prayer position. I had to follow the instructor's directions to breathe into each pose.|
|Here I am lifting my shoulders to my ears...|
|...and then dropping my shoulder blades down my back. This was a really good exercise for me to practice.|
|We had a gorgeous day for our event. A thunderstorm the night before broke the heat wave and watered the ring for us!|
|After a little while, Harley got the idea and kept a nice pace behind his leader, who happens to be one of my favorite people in the whole world!|
|He never got tired of looking at the crowd though. I cannot imagine how many cell phones snapped his picture. He is such a ham.|
|My shoulders were feeling the burn here. Keeping your arms raised is hard work!|
|The cat stretch felt nice afterward.|
|My riding teacher would like this one, because it puts space between my shoulder blades.|
|The triangle pose is my favorite. Harley is concerned that I am going to slide off his back.|
|But then he just accepts the fact that I am a silly human.|
|This one was fun, too. A modified warrior pose, maybe?|
Harley and I and our awesome leader participated in a second demonstration later in the day. We did a few more complicated poses, like a modified downward-facing-dog, cat and cow stretches, and a back bend. It was fun and really challenging. I am tempted to sign up for the classes myself. I think Harley is ready, too.
At the end of the yoga demonstration, I decided to try some of the controlled breathing with canter-trot-canter transitions. I tried inhaling on the upward transition and exhaling on the downward transition. After a couple repetitions, all I had to do was breathe a certain way and picture what I wanted and Harley would make the transition. It was really interesting. Harley was happy to be moving out, so we did a mini-dressage demonstration complete with his big trot, leg-yields, shoulder-in, and half-pass. He was foot perfect and strutted his stuff like a true showman. He even jumped a pole on the ground, demonstrated his big, exciting canter and then came back to a delicate, collected canter when I asked him to. If only we could have a dressage show at home. He was electric and happy to perform all of my requests, but with none of the nerves or tension that comes with showing, even though there were people hanging on the fence watching him go. He basked in the praise and attention that he received afterward. I was very proud of my pony.
Hearts TRC, LLC has a website thanks to our very talented and attentive webmaster. You might see Harley here and there. We also have a Facebook, but since I do not use Facebook, I am not very helpful in that respect. I think I am supposed to say something to the effect of "please like us on Facebook". I drew the sketch for the logo and the yoga instructor, who is also a graphic artist, digitized it. Enjoy!