August 11th, 2006

Bryn rode Laredo tonight! It’s the first time any of us have ridden him (as opposed to sitting on his back while being led around with a rope). She rode beautifully — she walked and trotted him, but did not canter. Laredo’s been in training for about four months, and Bryn has been riding for about a year. It’s great to see the two come together. This is a very significant event.

Before that, Bryn and I took a lesson at lunging Laredo. Lunging (also spelled lungeing, longeing, and lounging, but I prefer the simplest spelling) is where you attach a long line to the horse’s bridle, and use a whip to cause the horse to trot or canter in a circle around you. Lunging is something you do with a green horse before riding; its purpose is to get the horse to work up a sweat and to take some of the fight out of him, so he’s easier to manage. It’s not as easy as it sounds, and on my first attempt, I had trouble staying in the right position. I eventually figured out what I was doing wrong, and did much better on my second attempt.

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