Trot outs – practice makes perfect
|December 10, 2014||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
I came across this picture of Farley and I doing a trot out during her first season.
Oh boy have we come a long ways!
What I love best is how she has subtly positioned her body so that although she is trotting forward, every line of her body is pointing BACKWARDS.
Yes, we’ve gotten a little better. Six years later we have a solid trot out that, while not particularly spactacular, get’s the job done.
Practice really *does* makes perfect. I estimate there’s about 22 rides and over 100 “official” trot outs between the two photos. And countless hours of running together on a leadline, and yes – actually practicing the trot out mechanics in an arena.
(Update Oct 2019 – an extended trot out how-to was included the book “Go Ride Far.” Go check it out!)
Do you see it too or am I just crazy?
Isn’t it funny how sometimes you will catch something out of the corner of your eye that dissapears when you look at it straight on? I bought Farley as a full grown adult. I didn’t expect to look back and be suprised how young she looked when we first started. She wasn’t a baby or even a particularly young horse at seven years old. But lately, looking at my arab that is quite substantial with lot of bone, I often wonder if it was my imagination that the adjective “scawny” fit her better back then than “solid”. Beyond the obvious muscle and conditioning, did she *really* put on more bone? Did she *really* get wider and more substantial?
As I flip through pictures of our first year together, I just can’t quite shake the feeling that in more ways than just the usual age related changes (head shape changes as the teeth grow out, a bigger belly) she looks like a different horse now. How influential was endurance in shaping what she looks like today? Or was this the “normal” progression and she was always destined to be a little more substantial at 16 years than she was at 7 years?
Has more changed than just the trot out? Or am I beling fooled by camera angles and a bit of muscle?
What I posted….
One year ago: The best bedtime story
Three years ago: My desk
Four years ago: Friends