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      30 Jan

    Hiba is sadly been loaned to a friend since I lost my job last year. Hoping the day will come when I can see him regularly again. I know he's enjoying real pasture for the first time though.

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Equitation...your Thoughts

Maybe I was trained differently, maybe I'm too picky, but why is equitation no longer important?

I had a whip placed behind my back, thru my elbows, to stop my from slouching.
Twenty years later, I still don't slouch. I had to stand on the balls of my feet on the steps of the barn, holding on to a piece of twine, to show me the correct way to keep my heels down, to keep that perfect line that you needed while riding. If the twine broke, I was balancing with my hands more than with my core.

I had my stirrups, saddle, and reins taken away, and was put bareback on the lunge line until I could w/t/c and jump without missing a beat. When I went to a show, if I did not ride in a way that made my trainer proud (didn't matter if we won or not) I had to ride for an hour with no stirrups.

I loved my trainers, I loved that I could get on any horse and still look good. I was taught how to ride and how to ride correctly. I had two great trainers...both were very strict about equitation. I saw my arab trainer ride all the time and she always rode beautifully. I only saw my hunter/dressage trainer ride once. She was in her late 60's, had cancer, and limped. She got on a mare in the barn and my jaw dropped. She became magical when she rode. You never saw her give a single cue to the horse, they were just one.

So why isn't it important anymore...unless you are in an equitation class? Why has it become an excuse? Just because you are in a pleasure class, does not mean you can throw eq out of the window.

What are your thoughts?


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