Riding Lessons and More in Central Virginia

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Trail ride lessons always enjoy trotting or cantering through the farm fields, but recently I conducted an entire lesson in the bottom pasture by Duckinghole Creek. As usual, we began with flatwork, with the fence on one side and the treeline on the other as boundaries, and warmed up over the natural crossrails made from cedar saplings. Then I put together a course using natural and man-made obstacles: Trot down the hill over the Hi-Lo Log, right around the corner of the woods to the oak trunk, canter straight on to the high side of Jeff's Jump, return around the run-in shed and jump across the swale (about three feet wide, full of water from a recent storm), then on to the cedar verticals between the standards. It was a nice change of pace and a good challenge for horse and rider.

I have put decorative pumpkins on either side of the cross-country jumps - and as you can imagine, they have been nibbled regularly by equine (and likely many other) passersby!