Don’t Look Down!
My second riding instructor, the one I knew longest, was named Mona. I can still hear her voice as it echoed to the corner of the arena, where I balanced astride a bay gelding, begging for a canter. “Don’t look down!”
Alas, I still look down sometimes. I occasionally forget that it’s “elbow, not wrist,” too. See?
But, in the years since I attended weekly lessons, I have learned something Mona never mentioned during all those don’t-look-down moments: It’s remarkably easy to tell which lead you’re on without looking down.
Next time you ride a canter, pay attention to which of your knees shifts naturally forward. That’s the lead your horse is on. Every time. Even if you’re in 2-point.
That’s how I tell, anyway. What’s your trick?
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