Finally Reno gets to actually join the program and become part of the team - working in a completely "routine" session with the full hurly-burly and
of riders, side-walkers, and leaders.
There's just one minor little "new" twist - We have a new instructor for whom this is her first session. She has experience with the program as a whole, having been a volunteer in all the other capacities - but now she gets to run a real session as the instructor calling the shots.
|0881 At the mounting ramp - Reno prefers the familiarity of the mounting ramp to having the rider climb on board at random places.|
|0882 Led away from the ramp, Reno appears at ease with what's going on.|
|0884 A brief walk-around just to get in the swing of things and become familiar with the feel of the rider on his back - on the way to the arena.|
| 0889 At the start of the session, all participants line up for inspection by the instructor who checks
aspects such as correct stirrup length, girth tightness, |
and chats with the rider to put them at ease.
|0891 Start with warming up and stretching exercises|
|0892 Hands on your helmets... and...|
|0895 Stretch and touch as far down on your legs as you can|
|0899 Abby riding Reno - in command taking over the reins|
|0901 Maria riding Oreo|
|0910 Sieun riding Sparkie|
|0911 Jaideep riding Libby|
|0912 Josiah riding Cinders|
|0913 And Reno continues to perform beautifully|
|0916 Figure Eights and switch direction...|
|0930 The instructor surveys all the horses in simultaneous motion and under control|
|0933 OK! Line up everybody!|
|0936 Instructor calling the shots as each rider competes in a riding exercise|
|0941 Finaly the session runs its course, and the individual riders line up at the end to parade out of the arena under the watchfull eye of the instructor|
|0946 Katarina the instructor - nothing quite like the feeling of successfully completing one's first solo flight in command.|