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Moiya Jumping with Cute Knees

Stretch Up

Ever since I can remember, my upper body position (especially over fences) has been horrible. Every coach I worked with from high school through college told me to keep my shoulders back, stop rounding my back or some variation thereof. It was really frustrating for me because I tried. I tried so hard to do this, and it usually just didn’t work. When I started riding with my current trainer, we didn’t talk about it. We talked a lot about many other things, like using my hands independently, strengthening my legs and keeping my eye up… but we didn’t really talk a lot about upper body position.

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ZOMG We Have a Sectional!

A month or so ago I posted a list off all the #firstworldproblems I was having, several of which had to do with plans for our new home. While progress has been slow on turning this house into a home, we have made significant steps, which I thought I’d share with ya’ll. Houses and decorating might not be quite as exciting as riding, but right now I’m really enjoying another project I can tackle with enthusiasm. So without further ado…

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Moiya canter canter canter

The Best Little Bay Mare

My catch ride, the littlest bay OTTB mare Moiya, continues to be my saving grace through the continuing trials with Miles. Typically I ride her 2-3 times a week, including one lesson over fences. We’ve been practicing a lot of the items on my goals list, like posting without stirrups, leg yields and a faster canter pace. She’s teaching me so much about being soft, yet firm throughout my entire body. My last lesson really showcased where we’re at together, I think.

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