Well, I ride Morris really well in the walk.

The trot… we’re working on it.

I’m not sure why, but it’s almost like I get on a horse I don’t know very well, and forget everything. I don’t know what that is. But when exhorted to rise from my hips rather than my legs — which I do perfectly naturally on Amigo and Rebel — it was like it was new information.

If the mind forgets, then at least the muscles remember, and as soon as I was told to do everything [that I already know how to do], I did them, and things got better.

In the exhortation — elbows in, hands down, rise from the hip, etc — also came the recommendation: heart to the sky.

I lifted my heart to the sky. It not only helped my posture, but it made me feel good all over. Lighter. More open. More confident.

Heart to the sky. I think I’ll walk down the road that way.

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