Tuesday’s with Tenneson; On my Way
I’ve had a very exciting week here at the HETRA barn! This past Monday, I made some great progress in my journey to become a therapeutic riding horse.
As some of you may know, each new horse at HETRA has to go through a pretty tough training process before they can work in therapeutic riding lessons. The HETRA training process includes several “mock” lessons. These mock lessons are conducted by the HETRA staff. Our wonderful volunteers often step in and help too ( I LOVE to see our volunteers!).
This past Monday, I got to practice in my very first mock lesson! I practiced walking with a leader, two sidewalkers, and a rider, just like you might see in everyday lessons. I also got to practice being around lots of interesting toys and props. The staff says that our riders frequently use these in their lessons to help them learn and interact. They say that every HETRA horse has to be “desensitized” to our toys. Meaning, that my whole herd should be calm and confident at all times, even if there is a noisy maraca or a bouncy ball nearby.
If I must say so myself, I did a great job! I wasn’t afraid of the toys at all. I even thought some of them could be a tasty snack (turns out they weren’t). I did so well, I even got to practice a short trot at the end of my lesson. I think that was my favorite part. I still have a lot of work to do to become a therapeutic riding horse, but I’m on my way!