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[Riding] Kids, Chester and Evergreen in general

When you're a total newbie fumbling with an unfamiliar set of tack -- Chester, rather than what I had worked with before, had a breastplate -- there's nothing quite so humbling as being watched by an eleven-year-old expert.

Said expert lives three minutes away from the stable, and has been riding for years. She's there pretty much every day just to help in the stables even if she's not got a lesson, and knows nearly everyone associated with the school. Her mother started learning to ride in April, and is the person I share my lesson time with. Amusingly, I felt inordinately pleased when, after watching our lesson, the eleven-year-old told me in a very serious tone, "You did well for your second lesson. Chester didn't let mom ride him for about two months, and she had to keep riding Desi."

Despite the fact that Chester and I seem to have an ongoing disagreement over which of us is actually navigating, his gait is so unforgiving that it really /forces/ you to practice good posture. Desi's gait is so smooth you can get away with a lot more on him. I suspect I'd learn a lot more a lot faster riding Chester regularly than riding Desi, even though Desi and I hit it off pretty well. Desi drooled on me and leaned against me a bunch while I was grooming him, as well as plucking at my jacket-shoulder with his teeth. Chester, however, actually nipped my hand and generally was a brat when I was grooming him prior to riding. He behaved just fine afterwards, though, and was even affectionate; I guess he figured he no longer had to posture to show who was in charge or something.

(I'm sure lfett would be convinced that both actually wanted to eat me.)

I don't know who I'll be on next week. I may be back on Desi, depending, or I may end up riding Chester again. I /know/ that I'm not ready for Derby or Colby, even though Colby and I got along very well, and I haven't met any of the others.

Very, very sore. More sore than last week, honestly. But still very much looking forward to my next lesson. :)


One of my uncle's horses is a brat like that... and she's the only one I can ride! Fancy tested me constantly the whole time I was on her, tried to go her way, bounce me off.... She was actully bouncing her rear, not just using a rough gait.

At least I stayed on, albeit barely. There's no way I could ride Beladere, since he shies at shadows and is a less tractible horse (although sweet.) And NOBODY can ride Cole. For one, he's a retired racehorse. But he also got that bluegrass sickness whose name I forget, where his balance is messed up and he /falls/.
Chester didn't try to bounce me off. He didn't mind having a person on his back, he just seemed very determined to assert that /he/ was in charge of where we went, not me.
Horses have to test you over and over and over again until they realize that, over and over and over again.. you will win.

And, it is a common fact among the horses that after the two legged thing comes and rides you- you get good food-stuffs. So, no matter how bratty a horse is before and during a ride, they will aaaaalways suck up afterwards and look cute to try and get treats.

Aaalways. Bear, after trying to buck me off for 15 minutes on a trail ride, trying to scrape me off on a fence as well as bolt for home.. pricked up his ears, arched his neck all nice and whickered at me once I had the saddle off because, "Its time for treats, right?!"

Silly ponies. :)

I'm glad you're enjoying your lessons, though! And don't think of it as learning more faster from Chester, think of it as learning something /different/ from Chester. Every horse you ride will teach you something new about riding, and even though something like posting seems rather important.. And, in a way I guess it is, some of the little stuff the other ones will teach you will help you more in the long run.
From Chester, I learned a bit more how to post.

From Desi, I learned how to get horse-snot out of one's hair? ;)
You're learning how to control a mildly difficult horse from Chester, too. And you're learning that you have to be in control when you're on their back, even though you're littler than them also. :) Plus the posting, yes.

And Desi.. well. Yea. Avoiding horse snot in the first place will be a valuable lesson in the future. The cleaning of such substance from one's hair and face and clothing will be the second.. Buuuut... also think about it. Desi was calm and quiet and you had a good ride- and that made you excited to ride the next time. Desi helped teach you confidence, which.. let me tell you.. is incredbily valuable. Horses, the more spirited ones, can tell when you're nervous and so they take advantage of it. They're very sensitive to emotion. By being on a quiet horse to start, you had no reason really to be nervous when you got on the next horse.. which helped make Chester more managable. :)

I'm gonna shush now though and go sleep. If I'm coming across as preachy or know-it-all-y or anything like that, seriously just swat me and when I see it in the morning I'll make sure I don't do it again!
Nah, you know more about this all than I do. :)

As for Desi, you're probably right. Despite the problems I had with Chester, I did manage to more or less get him doing what I wanted in the end. I would probably have been a lot more doubtful about my ability to do anything if I had ridden him first, and not Desi.
*grins* Yep. You've got a good instructor from what I can tell. My guess is you'll stay on Chester for awhile until you've got posting pretty much down and can steer him around the arena. I could be wrong, though. :)

How many lesson horses does your stable have?
Eleven actual school lesson horses, of different difficulties. There's also a boarding stable and a horse-training farm as part of the same farm; some of the boarders occasionally loan their horses to the school as well. So the number can fluctuate, but eleven of the horses belong to the actual riding school.

And I don't know if I'll still be on Chester; Kara said, after seeing the dispute that Chester and I had, that he might've been a bit advanced to give someone on their second lesson. That said, maybe she'll keep me on Chester because we seem to have at least reached some understanding, and I did pick things up better.