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Inclusive Horseback Riding, Ottawa

October 20, 2019

ANNOUNCER: Here’s Victoria and
Anthony with an AMI This Week short cut. [music playing] VICTORIA NOLAN: And we may
have a future blind equestrian in our midst. Ottawa presenter,
Shelby Travers, is back at Brookson Farms for
more horseback riding lessons. ANTHONY MCLACHLAN: Yes, we
previously got a sneak peek, and now we get to experience
the whole lesson right along with Shelby. VICTORIA NOLAN: I think Shelby
is a horse person, as well as a dog person. Let’s check it out. SHELBY TRAVERS: I’m back at
Brookson Farm for my riding lesson with Shannon Cardillo. SIONNAN CARDILLO: So this
is your horse for today. Her name is Rue. Rue is a paint, meaning
she’s got multiple colours. They can have up to three
colours, Rue has two. So she’s black and white. Beginners, we typically
ask them to come 10 to 15 minutes before their
lesson just to get introduced to the horse. We take that time to teach
them about brushing their horse and the steps involved in
tacking up your horse with all the equipment required. And then once they’re
ready to go into the ring, the horse is ready,
we get them to walk one lap around the arena
in hand with the horse. It’s a good lesson in
learning how to walk on the ground with your horse. And this gives her
the chance to see what’s happening in the arena
before we’re on her back. SHELBY TRAVERS:
Does this also help with her figuring out who
is going to be riding her? SIONNAN CARDILLO: Yes, exactly. So it gives her that
time on the ground to become familiar
with her rider. SHELBY TRAVERS: Right. One lap around
the arena, and I’m ready to get into the saddle. SIONNAN CARDILLO:
So you’re going to hold the reins
in your left hand. A little bit tighter,
so just gather them up. Now you’re going to
step to the right. I’m going to bring the
mounting block behind you. We’re going to turn all the way. Walk a little bit
further to the right. Yeah, perfect. Now, you’re going to let
go of this for a second. I’ve got her. We’re going to walk
up the three steps. One, two, three. Perfect. So find the saddle,
find the end. That’s the front end, perfect. This foot is going to
come in the stirrup. SHELBY TRAVERS: Left foot. SIONNAN CARDILLO: Yep. And then on three, you’re going
to bring your right leg around. You can grab on to
her mane here as well. Horses don’t have any
feeling in their mane, it’s like our nails. One, two, three. There. Good. So the first thing we’re
going to start to learn is how to walk and stop. SHELBY TRAVERS: First, I think
I need to halt for a second and take my jacket off. SIONNAN CARDILLO: It’s
a little warm in here. SHELBY TRAVERS: I’m
getting quite warm. SIONNAN CARDILLO: All right. So I’ll hold your reins. You can drop them and you
just take off your jacket and pass it to me. So we’re going to
ask Rue to walk. To tell her to walk,
you’re just going to give her a little squeeze
with both of your heels. Judge how much of
a squeeze you need. When it’s enough, she
will start walking. SHELBY TRAVERS: That
wasn’t very much at all. SIONNAN CARDILLO: She’s
pretty sensitive to what we want her to do. We’re going to
walk her straight. SHELBY TRAVERS: So
much to think about. SIONNAN CARDILLO: Oh, yes. And then to stop, we’re going
to shift our weight back in the saddle. Roll back onto your tailbone. A little pinch with your calf. And then apply a little
pressure with your hand. SHELBY TRAVERS: Good girl. SIONNAN CARDILLO: You can
give her a little pat, tell her good girl. SHELBY TRAVERS: Good girl. SIONNAN CARDILLO:
And then we’re going to ask her to walk on again. A little squeeze with our
leg, a little softer hand. So we don’t want
to pull when we’re asking her to walk forward. The pull is the stop. SHELBY TRAVERS: Walk on. SIONNAN CARDILLO: Forward. And then I want you to start to
shift your weight back again. Roll back. Make yourself heavy. Squeeze and halt. Perfect. SHELBY TRAVERS: Good girl. SIONNAN CARDILLO: And walk on. SHELBY TRAVERS: Rue
and I keep walking in a straight line with
Sionnan holding the tether. Now is it on to trotting? SIONNAN CARDILLO: Yeah, now
we get to go a little faster. Yes. SHELBY TRAVERS: Yeah. SIONNAN CARDILLO: So to be
able to tell our horse to trot, we want to be pretty
balanced in the saddle. It’s similar aid to asking
her to walk forward, just a little bit more. So to ask her to walk forward,
we squeezed our leg, our calf and a little heel. To trot, we’re going to do the
same thing, just a little bit more pressure. And we’re going to give
her a little cluck. SHELBY TRAVERS: And here we go. SIONNAN CARDILLO: Little cluck. And walk. SHELBY TRAVERS: Good girl. SIONNAN CARDILLO: Very good. Give her a pat. SHELBY TRAVERS: Good girl. SIONNAN CARDILLO: All right. Let’s try again. A little cluck. That was good, yeah, very good. And walk. Super. Big pat. SHELBY TRAVERS: Good girl. SIONNAN CARDILLO: So,
Shelby, how was the trot? SHELBY TRAVERS: The
trot was really good. I think I’m learning
everything as it goes on. And I think this stuff
really takes time. Like for this one, I started
to get better with the trot and I think it was more
of my comfort level on how much to
squeeze on the horse. SIONNAN CARDILLO: You
definitely looked more balanced The last couple of times. And she got really quick
on those reaction times as well to what we
were asking, right? That was definitely
some progress already. So I guess, just keep trotting. SHELBY TRAVERS: Keep trotting. SIONNAN CARDILLO: All right. ANTHONY MCLACHLAN: Wow, Shelby
really is a quick study. VICTORIA NOLAN:
I know, she seems to master everything
AMI throws at her– from cross-country skiing
to horseback riding. ANTHONY MCLACHLAN: I
wonder what will be next.

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