"Riding Reflection" is a post series exploring my time in the saddle. I truly believe that reflection is a necessary part of learning, so this is my way of documenting some of these experiences for the purpose of personal growth as a rider and as a horsewoman. I would also like to have a descriptive record of Harley, my beloved horse. This series is as much a training log as it is a memoir in its own right. On this page, I have included links to the posts with the "Riding Reflection" heading, as well as general riding posts, because all of them are introspective.
Some things are too important to risk forgetting, yet Harley and I ride so often that the pivotal mistakes and small victories can get lost in the haze of memory. I hope to keep track of our trials and accomplishments, and share them with other horse girls. If I may be perfectly honest, my horse is never far from my thoughts, so it is a natural progression to write these musings down. I have already spent countless hours, years of my life, dreaming about my horse before he became my reality, and I continue to spend many minutes, everyday, daydreaming about our last ride, reliving what we did well and what we can do better, visualizing my horse down to his soft eyelashes and resonant whinny, always looking forward to our next ride, our next minute together. Mine is a love, which perhaps only other horse girls, and their horses, can understand.
Click below to visit and read a Riding Reflection:
The oldest posts are at the top. The posts get younger as the list progresses, with the newest edition at the bottom of the list. Enjoy!
My Heart Horse
The Flying Change
The Base of the Neck
Okay, Lengthen Now
Surprise at X
Show Day and the Sun Shines for Harley
Water Horse: Riding the Wave
Bareback Ride and Mud Puddles
Trot Poles Are For Jumping?
Harleys and Dirtbikes Do Not Mix
Lateral Work in Posting Trot
Sideways From The Center
Halfpass From The Center
Sitting the Canter
Canter Repeat and Starting Canter To Walk
Some Dressage Philosphy, Lateral Work, and an Itchy Public Service Announcement
A Riding Video About Contact, Sitting Trot, and Connection
Feels Like Flying
More Seat Does Not Mean More
Permission For Lift Off: Flying Change Tips
Training vs. Understanding: Canter to Walk
Video: Jumping Fun Day!
A Long Schooling Video: June 2011
Riding the Circle
Seven Horse Trail Ride & My Clever Harley
Training Video: August 2011
The Products of Dressage
Suppleness, Suppleness, Suppleness and Keeping the Dream Alive