While Tonka and I did our warmup walk in the ring yesterday, we stayed out of the way of a lesson. The horse being schooled is a big, powerful mare, with a goal of competing in the jumpers. There’s a lot of energy and drama when she goes. The fences that she trains over are three times larger than what Tonka and I do. Tonka didn’t seem much interested. I was mistaken. He was taking notes.
The mare left the ring and our lesson started. Steph was attempting to teach me to count strides and see distances between jumps. For that we do a line of two cross-rails, with some poles on the ground. This is very challenging for me! However, Tonka soon decided that it wasn’t interesting enough for him.