Shadows and movement from the covered walker next door. Spring crazy rabbits come in through the panel gaps. At least that’s her excuse.
Days with too much spring grass, a beach ball belly, bouncy-ball legs, and a new stallion from Florida, are made for visiting the round pen.
Always a pretty relaxed horse, there were a couple of weeks where you could only whisper Trot or Canter to start. She’d still anticipate, and go in to it with a squeal.
Disobedience, yeah sure. Still, feeling a little spicy and wanting to express herself is good! Playfulness is welcome. (Just coming off a 2 months test on Red Cell. Nope, no more feeding Red Cell. Crazy stuff! Too exciting.)
Thought I’d show something that finally clicked in training on my own!
Simple concept: Hands Forward – Horse To Bit, Not Bit To Horse.
Know how your trainer will tell you to bring the horse forward to the bit, not the horse back toward the hand? With hands and seat striving forward? (If it’s a good trainer.)
How exhausting it must be to instruct and have to say that over and over in lessons, never really knowing if the message went through… (Alexis I’ve been trying!)
On my own this can go to the wayside (maybe for you too.) but the basic idea is there. Finally catching it in pictures! This one goes out to any poor soul who’s ever wondered if their student will get it!
Valiosa making her trademark move, scrunching up and back, a pushback, in every way. Yes, ugly. No, don’t budge or fiddle the fingers.
Hands stay in their “little area”, seat is in but following, not pushing down. (Bonus points if looking up. No bonus for me, ever.)
And then she comes to the hand! Finally!
OK so then there could be some more calf and more give in the hand and she would have stayed looser.
But here she is two strides later! Love! It works!
Not sure about you, but I click on some sites more often than others.
Hard to say why, but there are some that really are interesting – when there’s extra time it’s great to see what’s going on.
A big key to it – open writing. Sure, plain and conversational helps. But also, reading something that most would rather not show to others makes it a lot more interesting.
Vulnerability: There’s strength in that. Even though it seems polar opposite.
Just sharing some training issues makes the writer face it all – accept that Yep, right now they’re probably looking like they don’t know what they’re doing. Or things may not be going all that great.
And that this is OK.
Horse sport is incredibly difficult. No one will argue with that. 🙂 Doing it on your own, even more so.
Adding the discipline of dressage; ultra meticulous and so elusive most people grow mold just trying to explain what it is, makes it almost impossible.
It’s been a blast sharing some of the challenges with our training, and of course it’s going to click more with readers than glossy things, endless perfect days and successes. (Good, since we don’t have too many. Yet.)
It makes you a better rider too, just reading about someone wrestling with the same stuff.
Let’s go achieve something, even if we don’t know how to get there!
The crazies that goes along with it are half the fun.