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This Is Not A Drill

We've all experienced 'trainer withdrawal' after a great lesson. With help from your chosen professional, your horse goes the best he's ever gone in a lesson, but then once you get him home and try to apply the same methods on your own for the first time, you struggle and fail during those first several attempts before being able to re-create it yourself. It's frustrating, but it's part of the learning process.

This hasn't been the case for Dino and I since our last lesson with Ashley a couple weeks ago, and I'm still in awe over it.

That new collected canter is SOLID and ACCESSIBLE and I can get it WHENEVER I WANT. It wasn't just a fluke created solely by Ashley's presence, but it's something that Dino and I truly own. And that has me thinking - maybe going 2nd Level next year isn't such a crazy idea.

I mean it SOUNDS crazy saying it out loud and writing it here, after all my pony is coming 22 next year and neither of us have ever vent…

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