I have a new student (novice rider) who just moved to Canada from Spain, and speaks no English. I know a tiny bit of Spanish, and I've figured out the basics (walk, trot, canter, stop, slow down, etc.). But there are a few things I'm having trouble with. Does anyone know how to say the following:
- Check your diagonal/switch your diagonal - I have a feeling this doesn't translate literally.
- Wrong lead/change leads
- Soften your hands/don't pull on the horse's mouth - anything along those lines?
- 2-point position - she knows how to do this, but I don't what it's called
Highly recommend picking up "The Ultimate Horseman's English/Spanish Dictionary", by Maria Belknap.
Very comprehensive. We have had multiple copies for staff/boarders/students/gifts over the years...and we have the posters up in a couple of places for quick reference.
I recall it being available @ Amazon, but if not the site for her books and barn posters is horsewords.com
Hope this is helpful.
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