I recently had a vaulting lesson for the first time in a few months. Although I was wary about my muscles and the cold weather, it was worth it! The horse I worked with just moved into Lexington from Tennessee, and before parting ways, his owner gave me and another vaulter a lesson on him. Diesel is a gold-level vaulting horse, and his calm, tolerant demeanor and smooth gaits are proof. Another fitting attribute for him is his name. This Clydesdale/Thoroughbred cross is thick and 17.2 hands, which I didn’t know at the time; probably a good thing because I was already a little nervous about his size (which I incorrectly assumed to be around 16 hands). However, I felt comfortable as soon as I got on (with a little assistance!), and he took good care of me throughout the lesson.
Hopefully it won’t be so long before my next lesson. I can’t wait to get back into it again. I made sure to ask for vaulting shoes for Christmas!
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