I’m back in the saddle again

Written by Bob on June 24th, 2010

YUCAIPA, CA – “Thanks for the great ride Jake,” I said to the paint gelding as I patted his neck and climbed out of the saddle.

I signed up for riding lessons recently and Jake’s been my tutor – so to speak. He’s a terrific horse when it comes to green horns, or for those like me who haven’t straddled a horse for over 40 years.

My instructor, Amy Arnette of Courses4Horses, has been putting Jake and I through the paces. Well, actually Jake knows the paces. It’s me Amy’s contending with. We’ve learned how to trot, cantor, lunge, change leads, and post together. It’s been great fun, but a lot to learn.

“Keep your eyes up, your heels down, your elbows in, your back straight, and ask Jake to trot and start posting,” are some of the riding instructions and skills Amy is trying to sink into my head.

When I was a kid, living on a Minnesota farm, I just climbed aboard, Mary, our Arabian, dug my heels into her flanks, hollered, “getty-up!” and away we galloped.

So it’s been a bit of a challenge learning proper riding mechanics. And I doubt I’ll ever become an expert rider.

But just sitting in the saddle astride Jake, breathing in his horse smell, looking over the top of his head and seeing his ears twitch and his mane fly about as we trot and cantor around the riding arena has been reward enough.

“Thanks for the great ride, Jake.”

4 Comments so far ↓

  1. kim nelson says:

    How do I get in touch with Amy? I have been trying to locate Courses4horses and cannot find a workable telephone number. Thanks

  2. kim nelson says:

    How do I get in touch with Amy? I have been trying to locate Courses4horses and cannot find a workable telephone number. Thanks

  3. Metta says:

    I haven’t ridden a horse since living in Kenyon…for 25 cents I got to ride Doug Klatt’s horse in his pasture down the hill from our house. Loved it! Sure would be fun to ‘try’ riding again.

  4. Bob says:

    Check for riding stables. Never to old to get back in the saddle!

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