A compact, almost black, attractive little pony, Magic was gelded late in life and still thinks he's a
stallion. He just loves the girls. He neighs hard and prances around his stall anytime a mare walks
by, and he'll try to get amorous if he's turned out to pasture with a mare. He'll also try to fight with
horses three times his size. He's so aggressive around other horses, in fact, that he has to be
turned out alone.
For riders, Magic provides a lively mount. He's fast, agile, and a fantastic jumper despite his size,
which is why I've assigned him to you for this lesson.
Since you're riding Magic, I'm going to tell you the truth about ponies. Yes, they're certainly cute,
and some people consider them smarter than horses. Contrary to popular belief, however, being
small does not make them nicer. In fact, many of them can be difficult to handle.
You've already read that Magic acts up around other horses in the field, which means you should
keep him away from other horses when you're riding. If he can get into a scrap, he will. Apart from
that, you'll find him well behaved, and he'll give you a great ride.
Over the Jump
I've said you should look at where you're going. But I've found that as beginning students go over
the jump, virtually all of them look down, or even back, to see the jump. Don't make this mistake. It
rounds your back and sets up a myriad of problems. Primarily, you won't be able to absorb the
shock of the landing as well.
As you go over the jump, Magic will rotate slightly downward. Your upper body must rise slightly, but
in no instance should you stand up.
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