For Lesson #67 Karin had me ride Goldie. Goldie is an old friend of mine. My first taste of equestrian glory was with her:
And last year, she made a huge contribution to the greater cause:
Goldie is Leoni’s horse…
….but like all of the horses at Legacy, many claim her:
I often hear that Goldie is “lazy” or at least harder to get moving than some of the other horses. I remember Karin giving me a crop and instructing me to annoy the horse into motion. Karin is a good teacher and knows my strengths.
I also often hear that Goldie is one of the fastest horses in the Legacy Herd. I’m guessing that has something to do with why she’s Leoni’s horse.
On Lesson #67 Goldie’s higher gears became a subject of interest to me. Karin had us trot as expected: “makehergo-makehergo-makehergo.” And this was followed by the now routine, “I want you to canter, Bob.”
And then she added, “Just don’t let her head for the Big Door.”
I glanced toward the Big Door and replied:
I thought this may a good time to ask for my stunt double.
I’ve grown fond of cantering. The instant you see that horse head in front of you go into the rocking motion and you feel the acceleration, the brain must release some kind of addictive chemical that makes you want to:
1) Not stop.
2) Do it again after you stop.
We cantered around the arena three or four times. I had even less control on Goldie then I did on Krystal in Lesson #66. But I remembered what everyone said about how Perfect is overrated, so I just sort of found my balance and let Goldie and Nature take their course.
I admitted to Karin after we halted that I had no control from start to finish.
“You are an experienced rider now, Bob. I could tell you weren’t scared.”
This was true. It was more fun than frightening. Although, I did have the Big Door on my mind for most of the ride.
Then Karin added, “She doesn’t really have a good canter. But when she goes faster, she beautiful.”
It was as if Karin was trying to avoid saying the word. So I said it for her:
“You mean — her gallop?”
“Yes, it’s beautiful.”
This is the first time we’ve used the word gallop. Usually, if Karin says a word, it won’t be long before I’m doing it.
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Jenny and I are going bike riding next week, so I won’t be posting here until the beginning of July. When I get back, I want spend two or three postings talking about Karin’s horses as an intro to the Legacy Stables Horse of the Month competition.
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