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  1. #1
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    Default My horse's first honest, clean flying lead change. :) I can die a happy woman

    My horse finally gave it to me, after many months of preparation, a number of honest tries and a couple of good changes done by mistake. We had tried it a few times in lessons, just for fun, but we weren't quite ready. My homework instructions were "counter-canter till you puke." So I did.

    I could tell Tanager was ready yesterday. He was racing around the barnyard bucking and running and popping changes all over the place, including some tempis. Ooooh....time to ride, I thought.

    His canter was scrumptious. I could feel it was the "right" canter. I did some loops and changes of direction, then took him into the counter-canter, straightened, balanced, asked for the change, and...he......just....DID it. It was a beautiful thing. Smooth and balanced. Perfect.

    After lavishing him with praise, I did a few more circles asking him to stay in counter-canter each way. He wanted to change so badly but I didn't let him. The irony of it all!

    I have ridden changes on a schoolmaster, but this is the first time training one myself. It was my lucky day, I guess. I had two yolks in my breakfast egg. I mowed the pasture in celebration. Oh, happy day.



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    Congratulations! It WAS a uppity day - all mine were wired. Good to make use of that.
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  3. #3
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    Congrats, always a good feeling when they finally get it!



  4. #4
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    Congrads, such a great feeling!



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    yeah!!!!



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    Woooohooooo!



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    I can see you smiling clear from here.



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    How very cool!

    Terri
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