Tonight was my second lesson on the amazing Maestro. My trainer Kari rode him first to warm him up for me. While they were walking I looked at Maestro’s gait and realized that although he appears to be moving slowly, his walk was forward enough where his back feet were tracking his front feet which is what you want. She then asks him for a trot, and look at that, his trot is similar to his walk, small quick strides, and at a speed that is slower than Alfie – which I didn’t think was possible.
Kari gets off and I get on. We warm up my muscles by doing a nice forward walk. The first thing I notice is how much he reacts to my leg pressure. Hmmm, this is really cool, and an improvement from the last lesson where I needed the dressage whip to help reinforce my leg pressure. We work on circles, serpentine exercises and then I ask him for a trot. Sure enough, he picks up the trot nicely and because his legs are small but quick, posting to his trot is much different than with Alfie or even Martini.
When I trot with Alfie and Martini, my seat (my butt) comes out of the saddle completely – but with Maestro, because his gait is different than either of them, to post his trot, my seat comes up very slightly. It was actually a harder trot to post because I had to use more muscle control to sit it properly. At the same time, I’m chuckling on the inside because again, although it was a forward trot, it was slower than Alfie.
We trotted beautifully in both directions. Getting the diagonal was hard because his legs moved so quickly! I found myself staring down trying to figure out the timing – one would think it would be easy, when the outside leg is forward get out of the saddle…yeah, my brain processed that but there was a delay with my butt lol.
As I’m un-tacking Maestro, my trainer reminds me that I now have 3 horses under my belt so to speak. A year ago, I remember, I was excited to be riding Alfie and Martini. And now, Maestro has joined their ranks. He has lots to teach me, and I can’t wait to show Alfie and Martini all that I’m learning from Maestro.❤️🐴