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First Poles

Yesterday Lindy walked and trotted over poles for the first time under saddle.  I was a little worried that she might forget to pick up her feet and just trip over them, especially since last week she tripped and stumbled just trotting the slight down slope in our arena.  Added to the fact that my few attempts at free-jumping her have been worrisome (she seems spectacularly untalented in the jumping realm, much to my dismay) and that  the first time I tried to lunge her over ground poles, she thought the poles were scary and spooked at them until I led her over, there was certainly potential for disaster.   So it was quite a relief that she just went over the poles like they were no big deal.  It was also a relief that she didn’t trip or stumble at all this week when we trotted around the arena.  Her lack of balance is still a bit frightening, but after yesterday I started to think maybe I’ll muster up the courage to try cantering on her soon.

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