Saturday, September 16, 2006


Today, we had a group lesson in the indoor ring at Beacon Hill. For the horses and students, the lesson helped us to develop stability, control, timing, and smoothness. Before beginning the jumping exercises, the flatwork portion of our lesson incorporated the essentials of getting our horses off our inside leg and onto the outside reign. Then, we practiced lengthening and shortening the horse's stride while keeping him up to the bit and taking us, just like we were about to do in the cavaletti exercise.
Stacia’s exercise placed three cavallettis in the center of the ring that walked a three-stride to a three-stride. We jumped in groups of three; each rider did the line in a normal three to three about two or three times. During the second rotation, we rode in a three to a short four, and a short four to, then, a forward three, alternating each time. Afterward, we repeated the sequence going in the other direction. Before the lesson ended, some of the younger riders switched horses and repeated the exercise on an unfamiliar horse.
After finishing the jumping portion, we walked our horses around the ring for a while, so they would cool down after their exercise.
A favorite part of the lesson was Stacia's comment on the five important characteristics of a good rider which are as follows: being a hard worker and dedicated, having mental and physical strength, and lastly, having talent, and that, being the least important characteristic of them all.
The lesson was great preparation for horse and rider especially with the indoor equitation finals around the corner! It was a great experience for some of the younger students to get a feeling for what it is like to switch onto an unfamiliar horse. Watching younger barn mates change horses, brought this rider back to the time when, as a younger student, the trainer introduced this rider to a similiar experience for the first time. Smiling, thoughts are of the many great things that lie ahead for them in the future!

Talk to you soon!
Maria Schaub


At Sun Sep 17, 07:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey maria
i have a question i was wondering how much time it takes to become a big eq rider i mean i can ride real well and all but im not sure if im ready to do the big eqs please reply it would be really helpfull

At Sun Sep 17, 08:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many days a week do you ride?

At Mon Sep 18, 06:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry but you might have mist it on the previous comments but what happened to Chelsea in the Regionals, Maria?

At Sat Sep 23, 05:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, does brianne still have logan??????

love you, ur a great rider!!!!!!!!!!

At Sat Sep 23, 05:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you ever wanna try anything else, like dressage or eventing? have you ever? dressage is really important for every sport.

At Sat Sep 23, 05:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long have you been riding for?

Will you quit riding when you go to colledge?

Do you know what your long term plans are?

Does Brianne still have Logan?

I wish you luck at the Maclay finals!!

At Sun Sep 24, 09:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know any places like Beacon Hill that let you show with them?


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