It was a cold night at Glenleary for the first of Mary’s Friday evening flatwork lessons. Louise, Christopher and Vicky were put through their paces in the first lesson while Nadine, Tanya, Vera and Libby came in for scrutiny in the second. An innocent little bit of warming up gave Mary all the information she needed to zero in on the evening’s theme: correct warming up of both horse and rider.
Using transitions and a simple turn-on-the-forehand exercise she reminded her pupils of some basic principles. She discretely rolled her eyes to heaven as she observed some of the bad habits that had set in over a long, inactive winter before diplomatically making one or two recommendations to each rider. Everybody was sent home with some homework and minds are already focussed on next week’s session.