Turn off your head while riding

After I had a magnificent first ride on Shirley going far better than expected, I really was looking forward to the second lesson with her. My only wish was to be calmer when I mount her, since I had way to much body tenseness on the first ride. So,I tried to relax myself using breathing techniques coming from antenatal exercises, which I learned from a riding therapist in an earlier stable. It worked quite well. However, right in the moment when I had mounted Shirley, I noticed that this lesson would be different. Shirleys walk felt more wobbling than the week before; it felt like I was sitting half an inch too far to the right, when it felt like sitting half an inch too far to the left. I could somehow not get into Shirleys rhythm, was not anywhere near the feeling of “falling into the horse”. Ironically, Shirley noticed that immediately and she tried to get my focus beck on her by stepping on the ground more thoroughly. But this time I was far too busy with myself and my body feelings to listen to what my horse had to say. What a pity!

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