Spring Training

Or, the pinwheel of death. Baseball players do it, and so should we! If you’ve taken it easy over the winter, now is the time to shake the cobwebs off. As we have discussed, circles are a great training tool. Riding a perfect circle is on my bucket list. Once you’ve mastered this exercise, you…

Back to Lessons: Five Things I Forgot

Going to university and holding down a couple of jobs leaves very little time and money to pursue my goals with Aleva. Because of this, we have not taken a lesson since August. Luckily, the University Gods bless students with the gift of Reading Week, the perfect chance to catch up on all of the…

Riding Squares to Achieve Roundness

If you are like me, you have the phrase “inside leg to outside rein” drilled into your brain. Riders across disciplines are taught that our inside leg creates the bend or shape in the horse’s body, while the outside rein moderates this shape, ensuring the horse maintains straightness and doesn’t reach a degree of “over…

Experimenting with Vitamin B1: Part 3

I am happy to report that this week’s challenge was a resounding success! We had our first jumping lesson for the first time in nearly six weeks- unheard of for a workaholic like Aleva! While the fences stayed small, the technical exercises were a great re- introduction to jumping. Unfortunately, I couldn’t harangue anybody to…