May 6, 2011
Some friends of mine and I went trail riding. I rode Jackson. It is a nice state park with creek crossings, hills, trees, and a horse camping area. We had fun just walking for a bit and then cantering up the trails. We came to the horse camping clearing, which is a big grassy clearing with trees all around. We did some exercises there with the horses and then I started dropping my reins and just lifting my arms up and out and trying to relax and really open up my chest.
My friend, Sarah, saw me and asked why I didn’t just take the bridle off, so I did. I had my dog with me and so I used his leash like a cordeo, which worked really well. Jackson stayed super relaxed and listening. We cantered and trotted all around the clearing: around the picnic tables, past the pavilion, and doing simple lead changes.
I worked at staying relaxed and keeping my body open. I felt like I had some really good moments in the canter. I felt very upright and very in-sync with the horse. It was a lot of fun!