The weather this past week has been nothing short of miraculous (despite the deluge of rain we got overnight). Over 50 degrees at the end of January/early February in Central Ohio is akin to a Bigfoot sighting. No, really. This time last year, we had subzero temperatures and I hadn’t ridden my horse in over a week. So when the temp sky rocketed, I full took advantage.
Did you ever seen the movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back with Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg? It’s honestly not that good, but it’s all about striking the right balance in your life and the pursuit of happiness. While these are things I think each of us struggles with and strives for everyday, in my equestrian life this has recently been a big theme. And (luckily for my marriage) instead of meeting a hot guy during a beach vacation, I got my groove back from a really good jumping lesson this week.
I’m at a point in my riding where I know a lot of the basics. For example, I know what a half halt it, how to perform a half halt and the general circumstances in which I should apply a half halt. But what I’m still learning is how HARD to apply a half halt and how often I should half halt. These are more complicated questions because the answer is fluid: it depends. It depends on the horse, it depends on the day, and (most importantly) the answer can change throughout your ride.